What We Learned From The Warriors' 116-108 Loss To The Rockets

The Warriors are on an all-time great run, the Rockets as a whole are right up there this season and their recent meetings have been close.

The Rockets won their regular-season series over the Warriors after a 116-108 victory on Saturday and duly claimed that they were superior to the National Basketball Association (NBA) champions. Anyway, they know better than that. We got to play well on the home and on the road, so it really don't matter. Paul hasn't forgotten them, and he fired a shot at the haters shortly after Saturday night's win. The Rockets also outrebounded the Warriors, 46-33. And sure, both teams' stars (Harden and Kevin Durant) were injured in Game 2. The Warriors combination of Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 27 points on 9 of 31 shooting. Without a strong defense, Houston will have trouble holding leads on a team that is as explosive as Golden State. "Now that we're healthy, I think that we're going to get back to a big winning streak and get back to doing what we need to do, like we did earlier in the year", said Gordon, the runaway favourite to win the Sixth Man of the Year award. "It's kind of one of those nights when I personally didn't have the right vision on the floor I've got to take responsibility for that". Both Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green were suspended due to their involvement in the MLK Day situation with the Los Angeles Clippers. That's what puts the Warriors two or three steps ahead of just about everybody in the league, still, and that was the plan from last summer: Keep it together, and nobody can touch them. Warriors forward Draymond Green added 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting, seven rebounds and six assists. But Gordon produced 30 points off the bench while Paul delivered another sterling all-around effort with 19 points, six rebounds and seven assists. By then, with the Golden State offense rolling, the Rockets seemed unable to do much to slow them, having to rely on whatever offense Harden and Paul could manufacture to keep pace.

"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them", Houston centre Clint Capela told ESPN.

Paul checked back in to stop the bleeding with a 3-pointer. What followed was back-and-forth battle that came out with the Rockets on top. Houston, in their strong defensive effort, managed to play without fouling, and the Warriors only got 15 free throws. But with Kevin Durant on the roster as well, the likelihood of anyone pulling it off is slim. On the previous play, Thompson had missed a 14-foot jump shot.

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