Warriors vs. Rockets: DeMarcus Cousins ​​create problem for Houston as Golden State ends Rockets winning streak


After a worst defeat of the season, the Golden State Warriors pulled themselves together by ending the Houston Rockets' nine-game winning streak with a 106-104 win on Wednesday night. Three days after losing to the Suns at home, the Warriors won without Kevin Durant, who missed the match with a sore ankle and avoided being swept in the season series.

Klay Thompson led with 30 points on a 5-of-10 shot, and got a huge game from DeMarcus Counsins, who finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes. Stephen Curry added 24 points to the Warriors, while the Rockets were punctuated by the 29 goals of James Harden and 24 by Chris Paul.

Here are some takeaways from the game.

Cousins ​​could be Houston's problem

The cousins ​​had a phenomenal general match, but what scored – especially at the beginning – was his defeat. The mountain center used his eagle eyes and his skillful touch to perform magnificent passes all night, finding knives and shooters. Without Durant, the Warriors needed another well known leading facilitator and the Cousins ​​solved the problem thoroughly.

In the playoffs of last year and in wins earlier this season, the Rockets' defense against the attacks gave the Warriors the advantage. It's harder for them to do it with a threat like Cousins ​​on the ground, and Houston was struggling to find a way to defend it. Clint Capela played 20 minutes in the first half, as Nene is almost out of the rotation and Kenneth Faried can not handle a center the size of Cousins. If these teams end up meeting in the playoffs, it will be interesting to see how the Rockets will manage Boogie in the future.

"It was a good game for him," Thompson said of Cousins ​​after the match. "He is so talented that he uses his size against longer defenders.He probably played the most complete game he's played since he's here.I mean, I'm he became very open thanks to his passing abilities and he adds a whole new dimension to our team, so you've seen what he can do with us tonight. "

Declaration received

Before the match, Curry said the Warriors had a chance "to send a statement" against the Rockets. Just like since the playoffs of last year, the Warriors stood up for the big game and reminded everyone how good they could be, even without Durant. The Warriors seem to have been complacent for much of the season, but still keep the # 1 seed in the West and seem to take up the challenge every time they decide to increase the effort. That they can do it in the playoffs will be another story.

Klay stays warm

After missing two games with a sore knee, Thompson is on an absolute tear. He came in Wednesday after scoring 39 and 28 points, respectively, in his last two games, and he maintained the heat test on Wednesday. Thompson was working off-screen and preparing for transition 3, extending the Rockets defense and opening the way for Cousins ​​and slashers.

Houston is cold as ice

It was not as bad as Game 7 of the Western Conference final last year, but the Rockets' three-point well dried again on Wednesday. They failed just 11 of 41 attempts at 3 points, while Harden, Paul and PJ Tucker were only 5-25. As usual, Houston leads the league in 3-points per game, but they have everything simply did not find the fork against the Warriors. Despite this, they managed to come back in the game at the end, but it was too little, too late.

It starts with "D & # 39;

Steve Kerr said in recent weeks that it was time for Golden State to strengthen its defensive intensity in the playoff prep, and they certainly did so on Wednesday. Various Warriors did a good job managing Harden's isolations, and the hubbub was definitely there when shooting at shooters. As powerful as Golden State's offensive was, their defense was as strong during their mini-dynasty. It seems that they still have the opportunity to reach this level based on the win on Wednesday night.