Cousins likens Warriors' season to a soap opera

Cousins likens Warriors' season to a soap opera

Even without the two-time Finals MVP, who missed the game with an ankle injury, the Golden State Warriors picked up a big win on the road on Thursday (AEDT), beating the Houston Rockets by a final score of 106-104.

Curry was also on form as the Warriors ended the Rockets' nine-game winning streak, the 31-year-old contributing 24 points, five assists and four rebounds. This was his first outing with more than 5 boards since February 8.

National Basketball Association scoring leader James Harden netted 29 points and added 10 assists to lead the Rockets (42-26), who also got 24 points from Chris Paul and 13 points and 13 rebounds from Clint Capela.

Of course, a loss to the Warriors has the potential to carry more weight than others, especially for the Rockets, whom Golden State has eliminated in three of the past four postseasons, including last year's seven-game Western Conference finals. Clint Capela posted a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds) but struggled to defend Cousins on the block. The Dubs (46-21) are now one-and-a-half games clear of the Nuggets for the best record in the Western Conference.

Victory for the Warriors helped prevent the Rockets taking a season-series sweep as it finished 3-1 in favour of Houston.

Harden had 29 points and 10 assists for the Rockets, but shot just 2 of 12 on 3-pointers. The Warriors have seemingly been complacent for a good part of the season, yet still hold the No. 1 seed in the West and appear to rise to the challenge whenever they decide to up the effort.

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The Rockets still have a lot on the line with the regular season winding down.

"I'm quick", Rivers said with a wry smile.

Without Durant, the Warriors needed another prominent half-court facilitator, and Cousins fit the bill to a tee. Unfortunately, Houston made some costly mistakes down the stretch on defense and it ultimately cost them the game.

As Beyonce, a Houston native, sang on "6 Inch", (although not at all related to sports) "Come back, come back, come back".

The Warriors were up by 13 after a reverse layup by Cousins with about 5 1/2 minutes left before Houston used a 7-2 run, with a 3-pointer from Eric Gordon, to get to 102-94.

"When Kevin is out, we don't have the luxury of throwing to him and getting 30 points", Thompson said. "This was a good night". The idea of a possible end to their reign of terror has resurfaced, but it was the team's most recent victory over the Houston Rockets that helped reaffirm their all-time greatness in the face of adversity once again. If this didn't get their attention, then we're in big trouble. "I think each night we've had somebody else different step up and that's big because when you get to the playoffs and start playing the same team over and over, they start to understand what you do". On Sunday night the Suns went into Oracle Arena and defeated Golden State for the first time since a 107-95 victory on November 9, 2014.

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