The Warriors win their eighth in a row as the defeat the Houston Rockets

March 28, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

USA Today photo: Stephen Curry of the Warriors drives past Clint Capela of the Rockets during the third quarter on March 28 in Houston. The Warriors won 113-106.

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors won their eighth game in as they, behind a strong defensive effort, sent the Houston Rockets down to defeat 113-106 Tuesday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The Warriors started strong and led 37-20 after the first 12 minutes of action. The Dubs increased the lead to 22 early in the second quarter, but the Rockets went on a 9-0 run to get back into the game. The Warriors finished the first half leading 60-52. The Warriors shot 55.3% from the floor and held the Rockets to just 38%. The Rockets remained in the game as they went to went to the free throw line twenty times and made eighteen. The Warriors went to the charity stripe once. Steph made one and missed one. Steph, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green led the Warrior offense.

The Warriors increased the lead to thirteen behind a three-pointer by Klay and a bucket by Draymond Green. The Rockets kept coming back, but the Dubs had an answer for every challenge. Draymond Green had to leave the game with a sprained ankle, and Warrior fans held their collective breaths as Draymond is so critical to the Warriors’ defense. Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr had to insert backup center JaVale McGee into the game. McGee was not slated to play as he did not match up well with the Rockets’ big men. However, JaVale made his presence felt as he scored two key baskets and was a force on defense. The Dubs finished the third quarter on a 10-2 run and led 87-75 after three periods of play.

Steph Curry started the fourth quarter and scored five points early in the period. Steph had to leave the game as he picked up his fifth personal foul and Kerr did not want him to foul out. Ian Clark and Matt Barnes filled in nicely until Steph could return. In the meantime, the Rockets kept going to the free-throw line. James Harden knocked down a three to close the gap to 99-92. Harden, at this juncture, had tallied 21 points. He scored 8 from the field and 13 from the charity stripe. Matt Barnes made two big shots to keep the Rockets at bay. Draymond hit a bucket to up the lead to six 103-97. Steph made it 105-97. The Rockets came back with a bucket, but Draymond mads another shot. Steph, the baby-faced assassin with ice water in his veins, put the dagger into the Rockets’ heart as he made a three-pointer with 1:46 left to secure the win for the Warriors. The final score was 113-106.

Game notes and stats- The Warriors led from wire-to-wire as they shut down the Rockets’ high-powered offense. The Warriors’ offense is second in the NBA, and their defense is ranked number one. The Rockets are ranked 18th in defense.

The Warriors’ James Michael McAdoo suffered a head injury late in the first quarter. McAdoo had played well but was injured when he fell to the floor. One of the Rocket players tripped and hit McAdoo in the head as he landed. McAdoo’s forehead slammed into the court, and he was bleeding profusely from his forehead. McAdoo went to the dressing room and received seven stitches above his eyebrow. He passed the concussion protocol but did not return to action. It is known at this time if he will be able to play Wednesday night against the Spurs. With, the win, the Warriors improve to 60-14. The team has now won 60 or more for three consecutive seasons. Thies was the first time in NBA history that a team has achieved that feat. Steve Kerr won his 200th game as coach of the Dubs. No other coach, in any major sport, has reached 200 wins faster than Kerr. His record as Dub coach is 200-38. After the game, Kerr remarked that the Warrior defense did a fantastic job Tuesday night:” they missed open ones. (we) did a great job on 3-point defense” as the Rockets were just 5-for-31 from behind the arc.

Steph Curry had a double-double with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. Klay Thompson scored 25 and made two blocks. Draymond tallied 19, 4 assists, and 9 boards. Andre Iguodala pitched in with 12, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. McGee, Clark, Livingston, West, Barnes, and McCaw all helped the Dubs to the win. The Dubs’ bench play has been outstanding helping Golden State win 8 in a row.

Jame Harden led the Rockets with 24 points. Harden had another triple-double as he had 11 assists and 11 rebounds as well as 24 points. Clint Capela tallied 21. Trevor Ariza 13, Patrick Beverley 10, Eric Gordon 10, and Lou Williams, the former Laker, finished with 17.

The Warriors face the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday in San Antonio. Game time will be at 6:30 pm. If the Warriors win, they will have a three-game advantage with just seven games left on the schedule. They cannot finish the season with a tie with the Spurs for the best record as the Warriors do not own the tie-breaker.




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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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