Jan 17, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Members of the Golden State Warriors celebrate after a play during the second half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 131-106. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Rockets Game Summary:
In what was initially projected to be a defensive showdown between the Associations two best defensive teams ended with Golden State handing Houston their worst loss of the season.
Keys To the Loss:
The Rockets got off track late in the second quarter following a time out by the Warriors. When they returned from the break they allowed Golden State to register a 38-point third quarter which put the game completely out of reach. The loss highlighted the fact Houston still has ample work to be done and further emphasized the Rockets need to address their inconsistency and lack of focus even if for brief periods. Against lesser competition the Rockets often recover, but versus the best team in the league there is no room for even minor lapses in defensive concentration.
The Warriors absolutely thumped the Rockets coming out of half time posting 38 points while holding Houston to 21 points which cost them the game. In fact other than tying Golden State with 31 first quarter points the Warriors won all remaining quarters.
In what was thought to be an advantage in the front court didn’t translate as the Warriors won the paint battle. In fact they led all key categories including all the intangible stats:
- 64 to 56 points in the paint
- 23 to 16 fast break points
- 54.9% to 42% field goal percentage
- 11 to 2 blocks
- 49 – 39 rebounds
- 32-22 assists
- 14 turnovers for 18 points but create 18 turnovers for 25 points
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