Just one week ago, the Houston Rockets tied an NBA record with 23 made three point field goals against the Golden State Warriors in a 140-109 route in Houston. The Warriors prevented the Rockets from breaking the record by fouling in the final minutes of the game, while both Marcus Morris and Draymond Green were ejected from the game following a flagrant foul by Green on Houston’s Patrick Beverly. Golden State will be coming back home looking to avenge the blowout loss last week. It has not been a good stretch for the Warriors lately, losing all four games on their road trip.
The Rockets, on the other hand, may not repeat their performance from last week, but will look for any way to find a win. Losers of three straight road games, and nine of the last 12 away from Toyota Center, Houston will look to find help from other areas other than all-star James Harden. Harden has been averaging 33.7 points and shooting over 63 percent over the last three games, but have gotten inconsistent production from Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons, and the bench.
Sunday night, the Rockets let a 10-point fourth-quarter lead slip away in a 117-111 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
“It’s definitely a setback and I feel like we gave this one away,” said Parsons. “On the road, coming down the stretch we have to take it. It’s only going to get harder on this road trip with Golden State and in L.A. … Those games now are a lot bigger.”
Back-up point guard Toney Douglas and swingman Carlos Delfino are still listed as day-to-day. Delfino has played in the last two games, while Douglas has not. The Warriors will be without guard Jarrett Jack, who scored 20 points in last week’s match up, but will have center Andrew Bogut available.
Houston will face the Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow night in Los Angeles before heading home for the all-star break.