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Game Preview: Warriors at Rockets - 1/20/18
The Warriors look to set a franchise record with their 15th-straight road win on Saturday against the Rockets.
GOING FOR THE RECORD
The Warriors will attempt to complete an undefeated road trip and set a franchise record when they go for their 15th-straight road win on Saturday against the Rockets. This will be the third and final meeting of the regular season between Golden State and Houston, after the two sides split their first two encounters. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (Pacific). Watch the action on ABC, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game, ESPN Radio, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network.
LAST TIME OUT
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 68 points in Golden State’s 119-112 win in Chicago on Wednesday night. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|1st in West||2nd in West|
|PTS: 115.9 (1st)||PTS: 114.6 (2nd)|
|REB: 44.5 (11th)||REB: 44.1 (14th)|
|AST: 30.5 (1st)||AST: 22.5 (16th)|
As it turns out, when both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson play well, the Warriors are awfully tough to beat. Who would have thought? Wednesday’s win over the Bulls was the latest example of Golden State’s success when the Splash Brothers go off, as Thompson and Curry combined for 68 points in the victory. Thompson was particularly good, scoring a season-high 38 points and tying a season-high with seven three-pointers. Meanwhile, Curry added 30 and six, respectively. It was the first time both Splash Brothers made at least six three-pointers in the same game since March 20 of last year, and the 11th time in their careers that they both scored at least 30 points in the same game. Unsurprisingly, the Warriors are 11-0 all-time in those games.
|PTS: Curry (27.7)||PTS: Harden (32.3)|
|REB: Green (7.9)||REB: Capela (11.1)|
|AST: Green (7.6)||AST: Harden (9.1)|
HOUSTON SCOUTING REPORT
Outside of the Warriors, there hasn’t been a better Western Conference team than the Rockets so far this season. With a record of 30-12 entering their home game against Minnesota on Thursday, Houston currently sits five games behind Golden State for the top spot in the conference. They recently got some great news, as James Harden – who leads the league in scoring with an average of 32.3 points per game – will return to play on Thursday after missing the previous seven games with a hamstring strain. The Rockets went 4-3 over that span, including a road loss to the Clippers on Monday, after which both teams got in an altercation in the Clippers locker room. Both Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green were suspended two games as a result of that altercation, so both Rockets players will miss Saturday’s matchup with Golden State. The winner of Saturday’s game will hold the season series tiebreaker, so both sides have plenty at stake.