With their 116-108 defeat against the Houston Rockets (32-12) in their second showdown at Toyota Center on Saturday night, the Warriors' (37-10) extensive road winning streak was snapped at 14, which tied a franchise record and came within two wins of the National Basketball Association record of 16. They are, without a doubt, the two best teams in the league. "That's why we've got to play well the next game because we just have to sustain the same effort". But they struggled from the outset Saturday and trailed by double digits for most of the first half.
The Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors 116-108 on Saturday night in the final matchup of the year between the two heavyweights. They improved to 9-8 since on Thursday, having survived games without Harden, Paul, and Luc Mbah a Moute. To say the least, after all the talk belittling the Rockets' chances against Golden State, he needed that.
Outside of Harden and Paul, Clint Capela was tremendous with 18 points. Perhaps not. They have enough talent to win anywhere and have proven, time and again, they can win on the road, evident by their franchise tying road streak that was just snapped.
Kyle Lowry led Toronto with a season-high 40 points on 14-for-25 shooting, including 6 of 10 from behind the arc.
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At this point, Houston and Golden State appear to be on a collision course to the Western Conference Finals.
"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them", Capela told ESPN after the game. And far too often they were impatient and therefore utterly careless with their passing, resulting in 19 turnovers that led directly to 23 Houston points.
"To beat a champion like them, you got to knock them out", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. But beating a team two of three regular season game is different than beating them in a seven-game series.
"We really do have that chance", Gordon said after Saturday night's game.
"No", Durant said when asked if the game mattered. For Houston to finally get over the hump and make it back to The NBA Finals, they have to play like a top 10 defense.