James Harden: Rockets star makes ‘aggressive’ Steph Curry claim after Warriors loss

Houston guard James Harden attempting to steal the ball from Golden State centre De Marcus Cousins in the fourth quarter at Toyota Centre

"We didn't learn nothing that we didn't already know", guard Chris Paul said after the Rockets' nine-game winning streak was snapped and any realistic hope of catching the Warriors for the West's top seed was extinguished.

Despite what the final score of 106-104 might suggest, the Warriors were in control for a majority of the 48 minutes, leading by as many as 14 with only a slight four-point deficit early in the second half. The overnight line for Wednesday night's contest between Houston and Golden State has yet to be released but the Rockets figure to be a field-goal favorite on their home floor.

When Cousins settled for a one-year deal with Golden State, a lot of folks figured he could be a solution to the Rockets' switch-intensive defensive scheme that often baited the Warriors into relying on isolation instead of their typically handsome ball movement. The Warriors, despite allowing the Rockets to close an eight-point gap in the final two minutes to two points, survived after Harden missed an intentional free throw and Iguodala secured the rebound the other way for the win. The Rockets are tied with Oklahoma City for third place behind Denver. "So, it's a matter of staying on them about details and them staying engaged in practice and in film sessions, and then us bringing the necessary energy every night". "We know what it takes to win on the road".

Harden paired 29 points with 10 assists but continued his recent struggles from deep, missing 10 of 12 3s.

Westbrook finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals while the Thunder's Paul George and Brooklyn's Spencer Dinwiddie each added 25 points.

A ideal example came in Houston's last meeting against Golden State, a 118-112 victory on February 23 that got the winning streak going.

Thompson added a basket for the Warriors before the Rockets used a 6-0 spurt to cut the lead to 104-100 with 47.7 seconds left. Give them credit they made shots.


Golden State had a seven-point lead to start the fourth and scored the first seven points of the period, highlighted by a 3 from Thompson, to push the lead to 92-78. It had the same eerie feeling it did when James Harden hit that impossibly hard 3-pointer on January 3 to beat the Warriors in overtime. While the Rockets pulled even at 52-52 on a Harden 3-pointer with 32.5 seconds left, it was Paul who scored seven points in succession to help erase a 49-42 deficit.

Warriors: Curry needs six points to become the fifth player in franchise history to reach 16,000 points.

Since the All-Star break, Curry is shooting just 36.6 percent from 3-point range and only 33.9 percent in the month of March.

The Rockets also have gotten a boost recently from the strong play of Eric Gordon. Houston converted the two-way contract of Danuel House into a standard National Basketball Association contract. Clint Capela played 20 minutes in the first half since Nene is pretty much out of the rotation and Kenneth Faried can't handle a skilled center of Cousins' size. "When it comes to smaller guards, I think I can guard them better than anyone in the league".

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

Following the Rockets 118-106 win over the Charlotte Hornets the media questioned the Houston bench boss about the matchup between his squad and the Warriors on Wednesday night. 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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