Minus Durant, Warriors survive late Rockets rally

The underdog WArriors square off against the chalk Rockets meet in Houston on Wednesday night

The underdog WArriors square off against the chalk Rockets meet in Houston on Wednesday night

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. It's harder for them to do that with a threat like Cousins on the floor, and Houston had trouble finding a way to defend him.

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.

The Rockets not only want to finish out the season strong to try to pass Golden State and second-place Denver for the top seed in the West.

Thompson, Cousins and Curry (24 points) were the only Warriors to score in double figures.

Curry sank two free throws with eight seconds to play to boost the lead and the Warriors fouled Harden to send him to the free throw line.

Now, on the latest episode of 'As the Warriors Turn', the team will again try and capture the rhythm that's eluded them in the hostile, but historically comforting confines of Oklahoma City in Saturday night's matchup against the Thunder.

"We locked in and we got stops and we knew who we were guarding", he said. He just played probably the most complete game he's played since he's been here. "We know what it takes to win on the road".

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.

Harden had 29 points and 10 assists for the Rockets, but shot just 2 of 12 on 3-pointers.

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

Durant, a two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, was sidelined by a right ankle sprain suffered in a Sunday loss to Phoenix.

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. James and Chris can focus on what they do, and I can make it as hard as possible.

Justise Winslow scored 16 points to lead seven double-figure scorers for Miami in a 108-74 rout of visiting Detroit. Cousins recorded six assists in the first half. 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. Curry had five points in that stretch. 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.

Phoenix guard Devin Booker scored 13 straight points during a fourth-quarter run and finished with 37 for the game. He has averaged 22 points over the last five games and has made five 3-pointers in each of the last three.

He has, however, looked more like his old self since the All-Star break, registering 18.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest in nine appearances.

"They have a great team", Kerr said. After Wednesday's game, Green credited the first-year Warrior for adapting to the reigning champions' style amid the intense spotlight.

"I think we need to remind ourselves that he's still pretty early in the process", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. 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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