Warriors wrestle with Rockets, road game win streak ends at 14
The streak is over
The Warriors spent most of Saturday evening chasing down the Rockets, but once they caught up were unable to hang on.
It cost them a shot at history, as a 116-108 loss at Toyota Center snapped their road win streak at 14 -- one short of a franchise record -- while also giving Houston a 2-1 victory in the season series between the top two teams in the Western Conference.
Kevin Durant scored a team-high 26 points, with Draymond Green putting in 21, Stephen Curry 19 and Nick Young 16. Klay Thompson was held to 8 points.
The Warriors were outrebounded 46-33 and committed 19 turnovers, leading to 23 Houston points.
Despite five turnovers, no member of the Warriors did more good work over the course of the game than Green.
Green’s line: season-high-tying 21 points (7-of-9 from the field, 2-of-3 from deep, 5-of-6 from the line), seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block. He played 36 minutes and finished minus-5.
After a layup by Green gave the Warriors a 106-105 lead with 4:12 remaining, Houston responded with an 11-2 run to go up 116-108 on a pair of free throws by Chris Paul.
The Warriors, after taking a lead early in the fourth quarter on a 17-6 run, scored only 4 points over the final 6:47.
Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L calf contusion) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out after shootaround. F Jordan Bell (L ankle inflammation) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
Rockets: F Trevor Ariza (suspension), F/G Gerald Green (suspension), F/C Chinanu Onuaku (sinus surgery) and PF Zhou Qi (R elbow surgery) are listed as out.
The Warriors return to the Bay Area for a three-game homestand that begins Tuesday, when they face the New York Knicks at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff is scheduled for 7:35.