(13-11)
(16-8)
For every big bucket made by the Warriors the Rockets had an answer in Friday’s 116-112 loss at Oracle Arena. Marreese Speights fueled a fourth-quarter run with 12 of his 16 points in the period and David Lee (23 points, 10 rebounds), Harrison Barnes (20 points, 12 rebounds) and Andrew Bogut (10 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles, but the Warriors couldn’t fully rekindle their comeback magic after trailing by 11 points late in the third quarter. Stephen Curry tallied 20 points and nine assists on the night and the Warriors out-rebounded Houston 56-32, but the Rockets sunk 12 of their 29 3-point attempts to pick up their 18th win in their last 22 games against the Dubs. Now 13-11 on the season, the Warriors will have a day off before returning to action on Sunday in Phoenix.
Mark Jackson
On Houston's backcourt:
“I thought the energy was fine. I thought we competed, fought, battled, but we were carless at times. You look at the fact that the rebounding was 56 to 32 and the fact that we dominated in the paint with 66 to 40 and second chance points 25 to 8 – we did a lot of good things. We turned the basketball over and that cost us. I thought Mo (Marreese Speights) did an outstanding job with the minutes that he played. I thought Toney (Douglas) was much better. You look at his line and it doesn’t say much, but I thought he played well defensively and had an impact by disrupting what they were trying to do. It was a tough loss for us, but ultimately it was because we turned the basketball over too much. Can’t do that.”
On the overall energy tonight:
“I thought the energy was fine. I thought we competed, fought, battled, but we were carless at times. You look at the fact that the rebounding was 56 to 32 and the fact that we dominated in the paint with 66 to 40 and second chance points 25 to 8 – we did a lot of good things. We turned the basketball over and that cost us. I thought Mo (Marreese Speights) did an outstanding job with the minutes that he played. I thought Toney (Douglas) was much better. You look at his line and it doesn’t say much, but I thought he played well defensively and had an impact by disrupting what they were trying to do. It was a tough loss for us, but ultimately it was because we turned the basketball over too much. Can’t do that.”
On the Rockets' two wins over the Warriors:
“If you look at their record right now they are the better basketball team, but so was Denver at the end of season. We have to continue to build and work hard and be ready when it matters most. I trust the guys in the locker room that we will take care of business. We have to put together a string of wins and that starts with taking care of the basketball and when we do that it won’t matter if we are home or away.”
On Patrick Beverley's defense:
“If you think about it, that’s why we went out and got Andre Iguodala because of his playmaking ability. A guy can defend a guy like Steph (Stephen Curry) like that and we have another guy that can initiate the offense. Harrison (Barnes) had a good game and Klay (Thompson) played well, but that isn’t their strength right now. We will be just fine. We are missing a guy that we went and got for that specific reason. Give (Patrick) Beverley credit he played great defense.”
Marreese Speights
On his basket at the end of the third quarter:
“It got me going because I was just happy to be out there in the second half. Like I said, Coach [MarK Jackson] had confidence in me and never gave up on me. I have to keep working hard and try to get these wins. ”
On if tonight is a true indication of his game:
“That’s what everyone was supposed to see from me since day one, but a lot of things didn’t go right. I put that all on myself; I can’t really blame anybody else. My teammates and coach they never gave up on me so I have to keep working for them.”
On what Mark Jackson has been saying to him:
“We’ve just had a couple conversations this year. I know what I have to do and I’ve just been doing that every day, trying to get better and better and knowing that it’s going to be a long season and I feel like I can help this team in different types of ways.”
Draymond Green
On tonight's game:
“We did some things, but we never take a moral victory. We did those things well and we still didn’t play our best game. It’s coming, we just have to continue to get better. It’s coming.”
On Dwight Howard's 3-pointer:
“You want him taking that shot 100 times out of 100. It’s just that type of night. It’s tough; he probably hit every free throw. It’s just little things like that you just don’t expect. You still have to fight through and find a way to win the game. ”
On Marreese Speights:
“It’s what we needed. One of the things we thought coming into the season that we had was depth, and guys have to get their feet wet and get used to the system. Hopefully we can build on this, but it’s no surprise, he’s been a good player in this league for five or six years. I think we know he can score the basketball and he gave us a lift on defense, got some offensive boards and brought us energy to the game and that was great. It’s exactly what we needed.”
FAMILIAR FOE
Fresh off another thrilling comeback victory, the Warriors will look to make it two home wins in a row when they take on the visiting Houston Rockets on Friday night. This will be the second of three matchups between the two teams this season. The Rockets came away with a 105-83 win in their first encounter in Houston earlier this month on December 6. The Warriors haven’t forgotten that loss, and will look to avenge it against one of their primary conference rivals.
LAST TIME OUT
After trailing by 18 at one point, the Warriors fought all the way back with a huge fourth quarter and defeated the Mavericks 95-93 on Wednesday night. Stephen Curry was sensational down the stretch, scoring 24 points in the second half and knocking down the game-winning jumper with under two seconds left. He finished with 33 points and 10 assists. Four Warriors scored in double figures, as David Lee posted another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Bogut recorded six points and 18 rebounds, the most he’s ever had as a member of the Dubs. GAME RECAP
DO-IT-ALL DRAYMOND
No team ever wants to go through an injury bug like the one the Warriors have been withstanding over the past month. However, as much as Mark Jackson would like to have all of his players healthy and on the court, the injuries have opened up opportunities for others, and several of them, particularly Draymond Green, are taking full advantage of it. Fighting a sprained ankle of his own, Green was the unsung hero of Wednesday’s comeback victory, playing phenomenal defense, showcasing some brilliant passes, and chipping in with some timely scoring. It goes without saying that the Dubs would not have won that game without Green’s production, and it’s almost beyond argument now that he deserves more playing time, particularly while Andre Iguodala remains out. It’s true, there are only so many minutes to go around, but Green has earned them with his typical relentless effort and tireless energy.
CURRY'S FLURRY IN A HURRY
It doesn’t make any sense, but it’s true: Stephen Curry continues to surprise us all. Just when you think you know what to expect from him, he goes and puts on a show like Wednesday’s fourth quarter, and reminds you of just how special of a player he is. He scored 16 points in that final frame, and single-handedly outscored the Mavericks 14-11 over the final six minutes of the contest. And while his scintillating performances may still shock us, the fact that he ranks third among Western Conference backcourt players in All-Star voting should not. He’s earned it, and continues to show why his exclusion from last year’s festivities was such a joke. But let’s not be satisfied with third. You know he wouldn’t be. DUB THE VOTE
HOUSTON SCOUTING REPORT
There are no surprises here. The Warriors and Rockets are two teams that are very familiar with each other, and let’s just say they’re not the best of friends. That’s what happens when you have two teams simultaneously jumping from upstart status to credible contender, and Houston deserves the accolades just as much as the Dubs do. Dwight Howard has been tremendous for the Rockets after signing with them over the offseason, averaging 17.6 points and 13.4 rebounds per game. Combine him with dynamic scorers like James Harden and Chandler Parsons, and it’s no wonder why they lead the league in points per game. You’ll never be able to shut them down completely, but if you can limit the damage through solid defense, take care of the ball, and score some points yourself, you stand a chance. The Warriors are capable of doing all those things, and they’ll need to if they want to come out of Friday’s game with a win.
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Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Andre Iguodala (left hamstring strain), Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.

HOU: Greg Smith (right knee sprain) is out.