Cousins recorded a season-high 27 points and added seven assists to help the Warriors end Houston's nine-game winning streak. The two-time defending champions hold the best record in the Western Conference and now sit in the coveted #1 seed in the playoffs.
The Rockets took the Warriors to seven games in last season's Western Conference Finals.
Watch the game LIVE on TSN1 at 9:30pm et/6:30pm pt. At the same time, the reigning two-time champs also have a tendency to turn on the energy whenever they feel like it in order to reassert their dominance over the rest of the league.
The Rockets were outrebounded by Golden State 44-31.
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Harden sank the first to create the final margin but missed the second only to have Iguodala chase down the rebound and tap the ball to unguarded Thompson, who tossed it in the air as the final horn sounded. I think we let their guys get too many shots off.
But it was the team performance that particularly pleased Curry, given they were without the scoring ability of Durant.
Harden scoffed when asked about Curry's comment. "I'm anxious about what's in this locker room", he said before walking away.
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"Sometimes you don't learn a lot when you win", said Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni.
"But that's OK. That's 3-1 [in the regular-season series]". We need that energy, especially this time of the year. Clint Capela posted 13 points and 13 rebounds but struggled to defend Cousins on the block. 21 after having thumb surgery.
As Beyonce, a Houston native, sang on "6 Inch", (although not at all related to sports) "Come back, come back, come back".
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. George has averaged 28.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 65 games this season. Because you got the National Basketball Association, which is a soap opera, and then you got this team, which is right in the middle of that entire soap opera. He has a mid range game that the likes of David West and Mo Speights brought but he has much better size.
The Rockets have had at least four players finish in double figures in all but one game during their recent streak and have had six score more than 10 once and five players do it in two other games.
"We fought the entire game, it's just you're playing against a good team like that [and] you've got to play hard and smart. This was a good night". But more than his numbers today, it was the way he played, that showed Warriors fans, and maybe the team, what he could do when he is fully healthy.
The Rockets sliced what was a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to 104-103 on a three-point play by Chris Paul with 10.8 seconds remaining.