HOUSTON (AP) – Klay Thompson scored 30 points, DeMarcus Cousins broke the season record with 27 and the Golden State Warriors ended the series of nine wins in Houston on Wednesday night with a 106-win win. 104 on the Rockets.
Playing without injured star Kevin Durant, the Warriors bounced back from a loss to Phoenix on Sunday and avoided being swept by Houston after the Rockets victory in the first three meetings of the season.
Golden State, who lost six of the last ten overall places, has a 4 1/2 lead ahead of Houston at the top of the Western Conference standings. The Rockets are tied with Oklahoma City for third place behind Denver.
After being led to 14 points in the fourth quarter, Chris Paul scored three points and allowed Houston to return to the match with 10.8 seconds. Stephen Curry made two free throws with eight seconds to go to 106-103, and James Harden hit one of the two goals at the other end of the line at 6.4 seconds from the end . The second's forward bounced off the edge and was bounced off by Andre Iguodala, securing Golden State's win.
Harden had 29 points and 10 assists for the Rockets, but shot only 2 of 12 on 3 points. Paul finished with 24 points.
Curry added 24 points for Golden State. Durant missed the match with a sprained right ankle.
The Warriors were up 13 points after a reverse stretch of Cousins, about 5 and a half minutes from the end, before Houston used a 7-2 record, with a 3-pointer from Eric Gordon, to reach 102-94.
Thompson added a basket for the Warriors before the Rockets used a 6-0 push to reduce the lead to 104-100 with 47.7 seconds.
Thompson has made five to give him 203 this season. He joined Curry as the only players in NBA history to have seven consecutive seasons with 200 3 points.
Golden State had a seven point lead to start the fourth and scored the first seven points of the period, highlighted by a Thompson 3, to bring the lead to 92-78.
The Warriors went up 12 in the first half but Houston reduced the score to 54-52 at halftime. A 3-pointer from Gordon gave the Rockets their first lead early in the third quarter and one of P.J. Tucker a few seconds later raised the score to 60-56.
The match was tied later in the quarter after Paul's three-point play before the Warriors used a 9-2 push to take a 76-69 lead with about five minutes left in the third. . Curry had five points in this sequence.
Shortly after, Golden State increased before the Green Rocks got two points to three for Gerald Green to give the advantage to a 8-2 record that reduced to 81-78 in advance. two minutes from the quarter.
But the Warriors scored the last four points of the period to extend their lead to 85-78 by entering the fourth.
Warriors: Curry needs six points to become the fifth player in franchise history to reach 16,000 points. He scored just three points to three points, ending a run of 12 consecutive games with at least four – which was second in NBA history after a series of 13 Harden games this season. … The cousins added eight rebounds and seven assists of the season.
Rockets: Gordon finished with 17 points. … Houston has converted Danuel House's two-way contract into a standard NBA contract. … Clint Capela had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Warriors: Head to Oklahoma City on Saturday night for a four-game trek.
Rockets: Welcome the Phoenix Suns Friday night.