Aided by 59 points from the Splash Brothers, the Warriors snapped an 11-game road losing streak with Monday's 121-108 win in Houston.
The win, the Warriors' first on the road since Jan. 30 in Oklahoma City, completed a four-game season sweep of the Rockets. Stephen Curry (30 points) and Klay Thompson (29 points) led the way for the Dubs, while Kevon Looney added another double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) in the victory.
Golden State Warriors Highlights vs. Houston Rockets
|Curry - 30||Looney - 10||Poole - 8|
|Thompson - 29||Curry - 7||D. Green - 7|
|Kuminga - 17||D. Green/Thompson - 7||Curry - 5|
|Eason - 21||Eason - 12||Porter Jr. - 5|
|Green - 20||Smith Jr. - 11||Green - 2|
|Brooks - 18||Porter Jr. - 5||Nix/Smith Jr. - 2|
Curry Again Clutch in the Fourth
Nearing the end of the third quarter, Jordan Poole hit Jabari Smith Jr. with a crossover dribble, causing Smith Jr. to fall. He then went up for the layup but was met at the basket by Josh Christopher, who committed the foul. Unable to control his fall, Poole fell head-first, landing on Stephen Curry's leg. Curry tried to walk it off but quickly subbed out of the game and got on the exercise bike.
The two-time MVP returned to begin the fourth quarter and quickly made his impact felt. After Rockets' big Usman Garuba switched onto him, Curry tried to accelerate to the basket but wasn't getting his usual separation. That didn't faze Curry, who flipped in the layup high off the glass with his left hand. Curry again finished at the rim before knocking down a pullup 3-pointer on the ensuing possession. That marked the reigning finals MVP's eighth point of the quarter, less than two minutes into the final frame. Curry finished the quarter with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting, leading the Warriors to a 37-28 advantage in the period.
Curry Gets Defenders Jumping and Splashes
Efficient 29 Points for Thompson
Klay Thompson scored 29 points on 11-for-21 shooting and 5-for-13 from deep in 37 minutes of action. In the third quarter, and the game hanging in the balance, Thompson hit two critical threes to give the Warriors the lead. Down by two with 6:20 remaining in the third, Thompson capitalized on Curry's gravity, drifted to the corner and knocked down the right wing three. Tied at 69 later in the quarter, the Splash Brother hit a catch and shoot triple from the left wing. Monday marked Thompson's 22nd game this season with five or more made 3-pointers. Thompson has made 261 threes this season, only tailing Buddy Hield's 265.
Klay Thompson 3-Pointer Gives Dubs the Lead
Looney's 13th Double-Double
With 11 points and 10 rebounds, Kevon Looney recorded his 13th double-double of the season. Looney has grabbed double-digit rebounds in five of his last six games. Often battling against taller players inside, Looney had the luxury of being the tallest player on the floor Monday. The reliable big man has played in 184 consecutive regular season games, the second-longest active streak behind Mikal Bridges' 380 games.
Postgame Warriors Talks
Overcoming 18 Turnovers
The Warriors and Rockets are the two most turnover-prone teams in the league and both teams again had high turnover totals Monday (18 for the Warriors, 17 for the Rockets). The difference, however, is the Warriors are the best passing team in the league, averaging a league-best 29.5 assists. The Dubs dished out 31 assists Monday, more than doubling the Rockets (14).
The Dubs, 1-3 on the road trip, have one more game remaining against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. The Warriors and Mavericks are in a tight battle for sixth place in the Western Conference standings. The Warriors are 0.5 games ahead of Dallas and would avoid the NBA's play-in tournament if they secure a top-six seed. The Dubs then return home to play the Sixers on Friday at 7 pm and Timberwolves on Sunday at 5:30 pm.