Golden State Warriors added another win to their records by surging past late against an amazing Houston Rockets. The Rockets had a great performance overall but was not able to stop the Warriors in the end.
By those standards, the Houston Rockets were quite good in Tuesday night’s visit to Oracle Arena. Down an absurd yet typical 42-27 after one quarter, the Rockets out-scored the Warriors 39-27 in the second period to close the gap and continued to impress to take a slight 93-90 lead entering the final minute of the third. The extended comeback was a reminder of everything the Rockets did well last season under Kevin McHale — running the offense through James Harden to great success, getting useful contributions from role players, and feeding off the defensive energy of Patrick Beverley to test the limits of the league’s elite.
As with so many Warriors opponents, though, they couldn’t do it for all four quarters. Golden State tied it back up on an Andre Iguodala three-pointer late in the third and scored the first eight points of the fourth for a game-changing 11-0 run. Harrison Barnes kept the lead strong with 17 fourth-quarter points (of 19 total) to help the Warriors close out the 123-110 win. Houston managed only 17 points in the quarter.
It’s arguable that the Rockets only stayed in the game because of the Warriors’ defensive indifference. There’s a point to that, because Golden State looked more spectacular even as Houston surged forward for the lead. This third-quarter fast break started with a Stephen Curry steal and led to a Leandro Barbosa lay-in so quickly that several involved Warriors seemed surprised by it all
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