The Warriors fell behind and could not re-capture Tuesday’s comeback magic, dropping the opener of a three-game road trip, 105-83, in Houston on Friday. Stephen Curry had 22 points to lead the Warriors, who shot just 35.5 percent from the field and issued 22 turnovers that led to 23 points for the Rockets. Stephen Curry had 22 points to lead the Warriors and Harrison Barnes added 14, while Kent Bazemore (12 points) and Marreese Speights (9 points, 7 rebounds) put in some quality minutes off the bench with the game out of hand. The Dubs will look to get back on track on Saturday when they visit the Grizzlies on the back end of a back-to-back.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
"It was a bad loss. The way we started the ball game, there have been times our bench has been bad and we let them know and tonight, the starters did a poor job of setting the tone. We got out worked. They played with more force and that set the tone the rest of the way."
On if he expected a better start after Tuesday's game:
"Yes, I did. I was very disappointed with that. We certainly have to be better, you let a Toronto Raptors, a team that we could come back against, but these good teams in the Western Conference you dig yourself a hole, it’s awfully tough. We have to figure it out. I think we’ve learned this lesson before and it’s time to do something about it and we did not. At the end of the day, there has never been a speech that has been made (at halftime) that has anything to do with making the adjustments. We’re well aware of what took place in the first half. We dug ourselves in another hole and we have to be better. Everybody sees it and hold each other accountable and we have to be much better. "
Stephen Curry
On the team's slow start:
"There is no magic formula but we have to play hard and play better, especially on the road. It’s frustrating. We have to able to turn it on early and set the tone as starters for the rest of the team. We know how much energy is exerted to come back against a big lead and how much that needs to go right for you and we don’t want to put ourselves in that position. There’s nothing in the back of our minds that think we have the fire power to be able to come back. I don’t know why that message didn’t take over in the first quarter with the way we started the game, but it all started from the defensive end."
On the game:
"It’s like tonight we didn’t hit shots early and we have a tendency to dwell on that and we weren’t getting stops and we cant turn the ball over on offense. We gave them extra possessions early in the game to get their confidence going. Early in the year we were taking care of the ball and hitting our shots and getting good offense and our defense was picking us up. In road games, our defense has to show up to weather the storm of cold shooting nights."
On Houston's defense:
"We felt like we could score, but we just couldn’t stop them. They were getting to the free throw line, getting easy buckets and the turnovers were plenty early and often. We have to control that to limit their offense, especially at home."
Andrew Bogut
On the game:
"When you have losses like this, the best thing you can do is have a game the next day and stop talking about it and thinking about it and when you have two or three days to think about it, it makes it a lot tougher. The problems defensively were our problems. Give them credit, they made shots and we were missing easy shots. We just need to come out with better energy. Everybody’s tired this point in the season, so we can’t use that as an excuse. Our starting group needs to come out with better energy and buckle down defensively even if we missed every shot in the first quarter, but we played defense the way we’re supposed we think we can still be in ball games. When we let them get easy baskets early on, we struggle."
Klay Thompson
On Houston's defense:
"You have to give them credit, but I missed some easy looks tonight. They made me work for everything I got and I didn’t take care of the ball as well. I had to work to find open teammates and I didn’t do that and I made some bad turnovers."
Explaining the slow start:
"I can’t. I know there is no reason for it that’s excusable. Two games in a row now and we have another test tomorrow against Memphis and it’s very disappointing. As a starter, we have to come out there with unlimited energy."
After a brief stop at home, the Warriors will open a three-game road trip on Friday in Houston. This will be the first of three matchups between the two teams this season, and the Warriors will be seeking their third straight win. The Warriors and Rockets had a rather contentious 2012-13 season series, and this year should be just as exciting considering the high expectations for both teams this season.
The Warriors came through with an absolutely epic comeback and posted a 112-103 win over the Raptors on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. Trailing by as many as 27 in the second half, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson caught fire late and combined for 26 of the team’s 42 points in the fourth quarter. Curry finished with 27 points, 10 assists and five steals and Thompson had 22 points, including four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The Warriors out-scored Toronto 42-15 in the final period and closed the game on a 64-28 run. Harrison Barnes had 14 of his 19 points in the second quarter, David Lee added 18 points and Jermaine O’Neal fueled the game-closing run with 11 points, eight rebounds and some tough defense in the paint. GAME RECAP | MORE ON THE COMEBACK | BLOG: MORE THAN A COMEBACK
The last two games have gone down to the wire and it’s safe to say that Stephen Curry rose to the occasion both times. Not only is he taking and making the big shots, but he’s also making plays for others. On Tuesday, he scored or assisted 28 of the team’s last 31 points. That performance followed another clutch effort on Sunday in which he made several key baskets, including the game-deciding free throws. For Curry, it’s not so much that he’s producing as it is HOW he is producing. He’s getting the job done in different ways (shooting, penetrating, passing, defense), which is a tremendous sign of growth that has many predicting that No.30 will be an All-Star this season. DUB THE VOTE
Jermaine O’Neal’s stats (6.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg) don’t tell the full story of his importance to the team, as his veteran leadership has proved to be a valuable tool for a team that’s heavy on talent but light on experience. Klay Thompson credited O’Neal’s halftime speech for being the turning point in Tuesday’s comeback win, and the team will be wise to soak up every piece of advice that the veteran big man has to offer. Rather than just a motivational force, O’Neal has gotten it done on the floor as well. His defense and rebounding were critical to Tuesday’s comeback effort, and in recent games he has demonstrated just how effective he can be, even at the “advanced” age of 35.
Prior to Wednesday’s loss to Phoenix, the Rockets had won each of their last six games at home. They have still won eight of their last 11 games but have now lost two straight games. Houston is second in the NBA in offensive efficiency (108.5 points per 100 possessions) and are dangerous both in the paint and on the perimeter. James Harden ranks fifth in the league in scoring (23.8 ppg), Dwight Howard (16. 6 ppg, 12.6 rpg) has proven to be quite effective in his first season with the Rockets and Chandler Parsons is having a career year with 17.2 points per game, although he has sat out the last two games with back spasms. Winning in Houston is no easy task for visiting teams, but the Suns did it on Wednesday and the Warriors will be looking to follow suit.
Injury Report
GSW: Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia), Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Andre Iguodala (left hamstring strain) and Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) are out.

HOU: Omer Asik (right thigh contusion), Jeremy Lin (grade-one sprain and contusion of the right knee), Chandler Parsons (back spasms) and Greg Smith (sprained right knee).