Nov 8, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after making a basket during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 98-87. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets played the Golden State Warriors Nov. 8, losing without Dwight Howard.
Tarik Black started at center but played just 15 minutes, while Donatas Motiejunas came in for an impressive shooting display that saw the seven-footer go for 16 points and eight boards in 30 minutes of action.
Still, Warriors center Andrew Bogut was devastating on the boards, pulling down 18, 14 of which were defensive. Stephen Curry played 40 minutes and hit 13-of-19 from the floor, including six three-pointers for 34 points, five assists and nine rebounds.
By all accounts, the Warriors had answers for every Rocket. Draymond Green had a big game against Kostas Papanikolauo, outscoring the rookie 14 to 2.
While Klay Thompson had an off night, it didn’t matter much with a negative-8 difference on the boards, as without Howard’s 11 rebounds a game, the Rockets have no answer for interior strength. Bogut, a former No. 1 overall draft selection, showed he still has a lot of talent in snagging rebounds and clogging the paint, protecting the rim. Steve Kerr has helped revitalize Bogut whose career was nearly derailed by a tough elbow injury sustained while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks.