Led by veteran guards Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Chris Paul, the Golden State Warriors have snapped their six-game losing streak in a 121-116 win over the Houston Rockets at Chase Center on Monday night.
It was hardly a scintillating, dominant performance against a young team on the road, but the Warriors kept the Rockets at arms length from mid-way through the second-quarter. After the tide of their horrid three-point shooting began to turn against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, the hosts burst out of their slump with 21-43 (48.8%) shooting from beyond the arc.
The Golden State Warriors have got back on the winners list, easing tension among themselves and fans in a 121-116 victory against the Houston Rockets.
The under fire Thompson was determined to shoot his way out of recent struggles, making a trio of three-pointers amid nine field-goal attempts in the first seven minutes of the game. The Rockets weren't deterred though, leading for a majority of the opening period before the Warriors eventually led by two after 12 minutes.
Golden State finished the first-half on a 19-11 run, with their 55% shooting from the floor and 55% from three-point range capped by a four-point play from Curry. The 35-year-old had heated up late in the second-quarter, having taken just one shot attempt through the first 21 minutes.
Houston scored the first five points of the third-quarter to cut into the lead, but the Warriors steadied as the lead hovered around double-digits for most of the second-half. Dario Saric was big off the bench, with 11 of the Croatian's 18 points coming in the game's final 16 minutes.
The Rockets maturity and growth under new head coach Ime Udoka was on full display, pushing the Warriors all the way and forcing in excess of 34 minutes each on the veteran backcourt of Curry and Paul.
They couldn't find the necessary stops to truly threaten though, with the Golden State lead never reduced to any less than the final margin. Curry continued his final-quarter beatdown of Dillon Brooks in the teams' first meeting in Houston, finishing with 32 points on a remarkably efficient 8-14 from the floor and 5-9 from three-point range.
Thompson also added five threes on the way to a season-high 20 points, while Paul continues to find his shooting with 15 points, six rebounds and 12 assists on 3-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
The teams essentially shot the same from the floor and each recorded just eight turnovers, with the difference emanating from Golden State's +24 from beyond the arc and their ability to capitalize on their 33 free-throw attempts at 84.8%.
With the losing streak now behind them and a 7-8 record, the Warriors will head to Phoenix for a big matchup against Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and the Suns at Footprint Center on Wednesday.