Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Warriors pull away from Rockets

Warriors pull away from Rockets

It was Green's 21st career triple-double, breaking Tom Gola's all-time franchise record.

The game will still be worth watching, and may have seeding tiebreaker implications down the road (Houston won their season-opening game), but it's unfortunate that two of the highest-profile players in the game will be out.

They scored the next fight points - including a three-pointer from Curry - to rubber-stamp the win and send the home fans heading for the exits. "Whoever we got to play, we got to play".

In a clash of the two highest-scoring teams in the National Basketball Association, the reigning champion Warriors shrugged off the absence of forward Kevin Durant, with Andre Iguodala stepping into the starter's role and contributing 10 points and seven assists.

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Curry continued to round into form in 37 minutes during his third game since missing the previous 11 with a sprained right ankle. Houston had a rate of 10.2, while Golden State posted a mark of 16.0.

Offense meets defense when the Houston Rockets (27-9) welcome the Golden State Warriors (30-8) to Toyota Center. He sank seven 3-pointers in a 116-98 win over the Magic, then made eight from beyond the arc in a 124-114 defeat to the Warriors. This game will feature some of the most polarizing names in the sport such as Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and Steph Curry. Paul would add with 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 13 assists. Klay Thompson had 28 points and Draymond Green had 17 points (5-of-9 field goals), 14 rebounds and 10 assists. I think if the Rockets want to win they are going to need a change in philosophy and are going to have to buckle down and win with the defense, not offense. Gerald Green is a guy who can help that cause.

The Rockets led 63-62 at halftime. The five-time All-Star has missed just 15 games in the past five seasons in Houston, including just two games since the calendar hit 2015. Paul received a technical foul in the fourth quarter. A scoring burst by Hezonja kept them in the game in the second quarter but they could get no closer than nine. If they miss, the charity gets $1,000. "I just wanted to make sure his voice was fine".

"I'm afraid to talk to him because I'll mess it up", D'Antoni said of Green. Golden State coach Steve Kerr raved about the work of Green, who was signed on December 28. "Feels like you should leave him open because it is all the insane ones he makes. He makes all these insane, hard shots when you're flying at him and then there's some that are open that he misses".

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