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The Houston Rockets didn’t have much time to get the loss to the Portland Trail Blazers out of their system. They had to quickly turn the page to the Golden State Warriors whom they had just beaten 105-83 in Houston on Dec. 6.
It was a balanced scoring night for the Rockets. Patrick Beverley had 16 points and Omri Casspi chipped in 10. James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard were in double figures as well. Beverley’s tough jumper and floater late in the game kept the Warriors at bay and sealed the win for Houston.
Houston bounced back nicely all the way around. They were back to being themselves from the field where they connected on 49.4% of their shots. They shot the ball well from beyond the arc also. Dwight Howard even got into the act and nailed a corner three.
That wasn’t the only strange thing that happened last night. For starters, Golden State guard Stephen Curry picked up three fouls in the first half. Hard to think anyone saw that coming.
Kelvin Sampson was exactly right when he said that Houston needed to “make hay” while Curry was out. They were able to build a decent lead but inevitably Golden State made their run and even took a brief lead late in the game.
Want more strangeness? You got it. Nearly 44 minutes elapsed before Curry or Klay Thompson hit their first three-pointer. Curry ended the drought at the 4:05 mark in the fourth quarter.
Finally, Dwight Howard put Harden, Curry, Thompson and all the other prolific shooters to shame. The big fella was perfect across the board (7-7 FT, 1-1 3P).
Houston concludes their road trip Sunday at Sacramento. Considering everything that Coach Kevin McHale is going through right now a 2-1 mini road trip would be a nice accomplishment.