Coming into Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets took it as their biggest game of the season up to this point. The Rockets, with a win, could have tied Golden State for 6th place in the west, but came out flat scoring just 10 points in the first quarter, and eventually falling to the Warriors, 108-78.
The Warriors were led by Stephen Curry, who scored 29 points, and Klay Thompson, who had 26 points, including six three-pointers. David Lee recorded his 41st double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. While the Warriors did struggle offensively in the first quarter as well, shooting just 8 for 28, they erupted in the second quarter, outscoring the Rockets 36-21 and taking a 23 point lead at halftime.
The Rockets were led by James Harden, who had 21 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds. Jeremy Lin added 21 points, while the rest of the team struggled. Houston shot just 32% from the field, and 26% from beyond the arc, after torching the Warriors from the three point line the last time they were in Houston.
“That was a sorry sight to see out there,” Kevin McHale said. “It was really hard to watch.”
The Rockets went 3 for 23 from the field and had four turnovers in the ugly first quarter. Nobody could find a rhythm: Harden missed a driving layup, Thomas Robinson blew an uncontested dunk and Donatas Motiejunas missed all six of his shots.
“It was terrible,” Chandler Parsons said. “We came out so flat. We didn’t play with any energy.”
The only bright spot for the Rockets was in the first few minutes of the third quarter. On Friday, Houston was able to erase a 20-point deficit against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and for a while, it looked like the same could have been done. The Rockets started the quarter on a 26-8 run that cut the Warrior lead to 62-57, led by Harden and Lin, but Thompson hit four 3-pointers to cap a 13-3 Warrior run that all but put the game out of reach.
The Rockets now trail the Warriors by 1½ games for the 6th seed in the West. They will host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
|Golden State Warriors|
|David Lee, PF||35||4-13||0-0||2-3||1||9||10||4||1||0||2||2||+23||10|
|Harrison Barnes, SF||18||4-10||1-2||0-0||1||4||5||0||0||0||0||0||+6||9|
|Andrew Bogut, C||33||4-8||0-0||4-4||2||10||12||0||0||3||0||2||+26||12|
|Stephen Curry, PG||45||12-22||5-11||0-0||0||5||5||11||2||1||3||1||+22||29|
|Klay Thompson, SG||42||10-18||6-9||0-0||0||4||4||0||1||0||4||3||+19||26|
|Malcolm Thomas, PF||2||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||+8||0|
|Carl Landry, PF||13||3-6||0-0||0-1||2||2||4||1||0||0||0||1||+7||6|
|Draymond Green, SF||7||1-3||0-2||0-0||1||1||2||0||2||0||0||2||+9||2|
|Festus Ezeli, C||13||1-2||0-0||0-0||1||2||3||0||0||1||0||4||-4||2|
|Jarrett Jack, PG||31||3-11||1-2||1-1||0||4||4||9||0||1||1||2||+26||8|
|Kent Bazemore, SG||2||2-3||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||+8||4|
|Andris Biedrins, PF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Richard Jefferson, SF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
Fast break points: 16
Points in the paint: 34
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers): 10 (6)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.
|Donatas Motiejunas, PF||20||2-11||0-4||0-0||0||3||3||0||0||0||1||1||+7||4|
|Chandler Parsons, SF||36||2-13||1-6||4-4||1||6||7||2||0||1||1||2||-17||9|
|Omer Asik, C||31||3-5||0-0||0-0||4||7||11||1||1||3||1||3||-14||6|
|Jeremy Lin, PG||35||9-16||3-5||0-3||0||1||1||4||0||0||2||0||-15||21|
|James Harden, SG||40||6-16||3-7||6-6||1||9||10||8||3||0||3||3||-19||21|
|Greg Smith, PF||17||2-4||0-0||1-1||1||5||6||0||0||0||2||3||-16||5|
|Thomas Robinson, PF||5||0-2||0-0||0-0||3||1||4||0||0||0||1||0||-9||0|
|Patrick Beverley, PG||13||0-4||0-3||0-0||1||2||3||0||0||0||2||1||-15||0|
|Aaron Brooks, PG||5||0-1||0-0||0-0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||-10||0|
|James Anderson, SG||2||0-1||0-1||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||-8||0|
|Carlos Delfino, SG||23||4-11||2-7||2-2||0||1||1||1||2||1||0||1||-21||12|
|Francisco Garcia, SG||12||0-2||0-2||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||-13||0|
|Terrence Jones, PF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|