Splash Brothers stay scorching, Warriors light up Rockets
BEST IN THE WEST
HOUSTON -- With Kevin Durant out of action, the Warriors submitted a total team effort and knocked off the Rockets 124-114 Thursday night at Toyota Center.
Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 28 and Draymond Green put in 17 en route to a triple-double. Starting for Durant, Andre Iguodala had 10 points, while David West put in 12 and Nick Young 11.
The victory allowed the Warriors (31-8) to move three games ahead of the Rockets (27-10) as the two teams battle for the best record in the Western Conference.
Green and Thompson share the honors -- Thompson for his impactful scoring and Green for being the driving force behind the victory.
Green’s line: 17 points (4-of-8 shooting from the field, including 0-of-3 beyond the arc, 7-of-8 from the line), 14 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and a block. Playing four of the five positions at various points, he totaled 38 minutes and finished a team-best plus-11.
Thompson’s line: 28 points (11-of-21 shooting, including 6-of-10 from deep), four assists and three rebounds. He scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors held off the Rockets. Thompson He played 38 minutes and finished plus-7.
After a Gerald Green 3-pointer gave Houston an 88-83 lead with 1:40 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with an 18-3 run spanning the end of the quarter and the beginning of the fourth, to go up 101-91 with 9:57 remaining.
The Rockets got no closer than five the rest of the way.
Warriors: F Omri Casspi (back strain) was listed as questionable and declared out prior to tipoff. F Kevin Durant (R calf strain was listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
Rockets: C Nene (knee soreness) was declared out prior to tipoff. G James Harden (L hamstring strain), F Luc Mbah a Moute (R shoulder dislocation) and F Troy Williams were listed as out.
The Warriors return to action Saturday, when they face the Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 11:30 a.m., with tipoff scheduled for 12:35.