Friday, 22 March, 2019

Ball movement won Golden State the game against Houston

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Cassandra Castillo | 16 March, 2019, 14:16

The defending champs have battled through injuries, complacency and the integration of mercurial All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.

James Harden believes the Houston Rockets' defeat to the Golden State Warriors can help them in the long run, despite it ending their nine-game winning streak. Clint Capela had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

"We've talked about it as a team many times so hopefully, on this trip, we'll get to that point".

"My job is to bring the energy every night".

With approximately 15 games remaining in the regular season, the Warriors continue to be the team to beat in the National Basketball Association. The Dubs (46-21) are now one-and-a-half games clear of the Nuggets for the best record in the Western Conference.

Meanwhile, the Warriors have won in Philadelphia, Boston, Milwaukee, Portland and Indiana.

The Houston Rockets are finally healthy and have won a season-high nine straight heading into their final regular-season meeting against the Golden State Warriors.

"I think we all do, but at the end of the day it's a win or it's a loss", he said. It's a good win for us.

Eric Gordon added 17 points while the Houston bench, which played a significant role in the victory over Charlotte on Monday, produced just 18 points.

Kerr and his players were happy to see Cousins enjoying the moment against a team they had failed to beat in three previous games this season and one they might face again in the postseason. The Rockets are tied with Oklahoma City for third place behind Denver. Over the last three years, the Thunder has won almost 70 percent of their games at home. The No.4 and No.5 seed will face off in the first round, and the victor will be forced into a matchup with Golden State in the second round.

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Houston (42-26) sliced what was a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to 104-103 on a three-point play by Paul with 10.8 seconds remaining.

"I think our guys enjoy tough environments on the road", Kerr said.

He isn't the best rebounding Center in the league but he isn't one to be bullied around the post either.

If the Warriors aren't crowned champions come June, it won't be because someone else knocks them off. George has averaged 28.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 65 games this season.

The Warriors have their number in the postseason. "Paul George has had a tremendous season and Steven Adams has always been very effective against us". On Sunday, Durant went down with a sprained ankle.

Boogie Cousins had his best game of the season since joining the Warriors mid-season after rehabbing a blown Achilles.

Justise Winslow scored 16 points to lead seven double-figure scorers for Miami in a 108-74 rout of visiting Detroit.

The Warriors also score the most points per possession when on the break.

"Focus", Green said. "If we go into this game locked in, which I have no doubt we will, we'll give ourselves a good chance to win".

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