OAKLAND, Calif., March 24 (Ticker) --
The Golden State Warriors made too many mistakes as they were trying to rally and Kenny Thomas made sure it cost them.
Thomas scored a career-high 31 points as the Houston Rockets held the Warriors scoreless for over four minutes down the stretch and posted a 116-104 victory.
The Rockets led by as many as 16 points late in the third quarter, but the Warriors slowly began to creep back. They sliced the deficit to 105-102 on a pair of free throws by Bob Sura with 4:11 left.
But Golden State's next possession proved to be the turning point. Rookie Jason Richardson stole the ball from Moochie Norris and passed to Larry Hughes, who blew an easy layup.
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The Warriors couldn't hang with Steve Francis and the Rockets.
Thomas went to work thereafter, scoring the next seven points to push Houston's lead to 112-102 with 1:56 remaining.
Golden State, which has lost a season-high 10 consecutive games, did not score again until a meaningless layup by Sura with one second left.
Thomas, whose previous high had been 26 against Miami on December 15, shot 10-of-16 from the floor and made 11-of-13 foul shots. He helped Houston win at Golden State for the 13th straight time.