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Warriors Bounce Back Against Rockets

Curry and Thompson Score 27 Points Each
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The Warriors bounced back in a big way tonight, defeating the Rockets 131-106 in Houston in the second game of a back-to-back. Carrying a five point lead into the second half, the Warriors exploded with 36 points in the third quarter to extend their lead to 22 points to put the game out of reach. Stephen Curry recorded a double-double with 27 points and 11 assists, while Klay Thompson matched him with 27 points and a career-high five blocks.

In a battle of two Western Conference elites, the first half proceeded as one would expect in that neither side was able to gain much separation. The first quarter ended with the score tied at 31, aided by Golden State’s six turnovers and Houston’s proficiency at the line (12-for-14). The game remained close throughout the second quarter, as the Warriors used a 9-0 run over the final 2:02 to lead 64-59 at the halftime break. Golden State held an advantage in field goal percentage, rebounding and assists at the time, but Houston was able to remain close by converting on a high-percentage of their numerous free throws.

Warriors Down Rockets 131-106

The Warriors beat the Rockets 131-106 in Houston on Saturday night.

Warriors at Rockets - 1/17/15

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Warriors Down Rockets 131-106

The Warriors beat the Rockets 131-106 in Houston on Saturday night.
Jan 17, 2015  |  01:32

Warriors vs. Rockets

Stephen Curry scores 27 points with 11 assists, Klay Thompson adds 27 as the Warriors rout the Rockets 131-106.
Jan 16, 2015  |  00:00

Curry's No-Look Pass

Stephen Curry makes the sweet no-look feed to Harrison Barnes for the flush.
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Iggy Finishes

Andre Iguodala gets block on the first attempt, gets position and banks it in with the foul.
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Quick Outlet

Marreese Speights heaves it ahead to Draymond Green for the jam in transition.
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Klay's Steal And Slam

Klay Thompson nabs the pass and takes it in for the slam.
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A Stephen Curry lay-in with 10:43 remaining in the third quarter would extend the Warriors’ run to 14-0, giving them a 69-59 lead, their largest of the game up to that point. The Rockets would respond with a 7-1 run of their own to claw back within four, but that was as close as they’d get for the duration of the game. The Warriors would go on a 12-0 run over the final 3:03 of the third quarter to blow the game open and take a 102-80 lead into the fourth and final frame. Curry and Klay Thompson combined to score 26 of the Warriors’ 38 points in the third quarter, while David Lee added eight, as the Rockets managed only 21 points in the third as a team. Golden State’s effort was aided by the fact that they took control of the ball, registering only one turnover in the quarter, which occurred on an offensive foul in the final minute.

The Rockets would cut the deficit to 16 with 7:05 remaining in the fourth quarter, but by then, the game was out of reach. Steve Kerr emptied the bench, and a Brandon Rush jump shot with 2:29 remaining in the game would extend the Warriors’ lead to a game-high 31 points. With those points, Rush became the 11th Warrior to score in the game, six of which registered in double-figures. The victory extends the Warriors NBA-best record to 32-6. They’ll look to build off the momentum when they go for a franchise-best 16th-straight home win when they take on the Denver Nuggets at Oracle on Monday.


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