Golden State Warriors their own biggest challengers in the playoffs

Houston guard James Harden attempting to steal the ball from Golden State centre De Marcus Cousins in the fourth quarter at Toyota Centre

Houston guard James Harden attempting to steal the ball from Golden State centre De Marcus Cousins in the fourth quarter at Toyota Centre

But the Warriors, a Western Conference-best 46-21, bounced back behind 3-point sharpshooter Thompson, who hit 12-of-23 from the floor including 5-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Despite what the final score of 106-104 might suggest, the Warriors were in control for a majority of the 48 minutes, leading by as many as 14 with only a slight four-point deficit early in the second half. Kevin Durant's production is like clockwork. In his place, Andre Iguodala (who has often played limited minutes off the bench this season) started and had a fairly quiet night.

Paul finished with 24 points and was instrumental in engineering the rally down the stretch of the second quarter.

The Rockets nearly completed a comeback tonight.

Curry sank two free throws with 8 seconds to play to boost the lead and the Warriors fouled Harden to send him to the free throw line.

As Beyonce, a Houston native, sang on "6 Inch", (although not at all related to sports) "Come back, come back, come back".

The Rockets not only want to finish out the season strong to try to pass Golden State and second-place Denver for the top seed in the West. This is despite Cousins coming off an Achilles tear as a massive, 7-foot center.

In short, Cousins was as dominant as he has been since before his injury, which he suffered in the final minute of a triple-double performance last January in which he helped the New Orleans Pelicans hand Houston its first loss when the Rockets' star trio - Paul, James Harden and Clint Capela - was all healthy.

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Despite their nine-game winning streak and having beaten the Golden State Warriors three times already this National Basketball Association season, the Houston Rockets always knew it was going to be tough to complete a season sweep.

"It's a good win for us", Kerr said.

Kerr and his players were happy to see Cousins enjoying the moment against a team they had failed to beat in three previous games this season and one they might face again in the postseason.

A flawless example came in Houston's last meeting against Golden State, a 118-112 victory on February 23 that got the winning streak going. I thought we used him better tonight. "But we've all been in this business long enough to know how it goes".

Justise Winslow scored 16 points to lead seven double-figure scorers for Miami in a 108-74 rout of visiting Detroit.

Green is famous for his trash-talking ability just as much as his actual play on the hardwood.

"And then he get thrusted into that team that's right in the middle of it. So.it's interesting".

"But it makes it hard no matter who we're playing, if you don't give a team second-chance opportunities". Various Warriors did a solid job handling Harden's isolations, and the hustle was definitely there when getting out on shooters. They also have their eyes on finally toppling the Warriors after Golden State has eliminated Houston from the playoffs in three of the last four seasons.

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