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NBA Playoffs: History Between Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors

By Trey Oursler
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December 10, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) shoots the basketball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and forward Joey Dorsey (8) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 105-93. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

2014-2015: Head-to-Head

The Warriors got the better of the Rockets in the regular season series. The two teams played four total times and Golden State took every match-up. Each team got two games at home, unfortunately Houston was missing key pieces in each game.

Game 1: The Rockets started the season blazing at 6-0 until Golden State came into Houston while Dwight Howard, Patrick Beverley and Terrence Jones all sat out. Harden did his best putting up 22 points,7 rebounds and 7 assists, but Curry’s 34 point and 10 rebound game did the Rockets in.

Game 2: A month later in Oakland, the Warriors would win again by double-digits while Dwight Howard was in ‘street clothes’ once again. This time it was Harden with the most points in the game, but Curry, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes buried the Rockets all scoring at least 20 points.

Game 3: Howard would return back in Houston, but the Rockets still couldn’t figure out how to take care of Curry and the Warriors. This time the Rockets would let the Warriors run up 131 points on them, 27-a-piece for Curry and Thompson.

Game 4: Golden State was already pretty firmly entrenched as the #1-seed in the West by this point and were coming off an easy win 4 days earlier.  In this final regular season game between the two, the Rockets once again gave up over 125 points and let Steph Curry notch another double-double. The point to make moving into the WCF is the teams haven’t matched up since this January 21st game which was almost 4-months ago.

Stats In 4 Games

Rockets:
PPG: James Harden – 25.3
RPG: Dwight Howard – 10.5 (2 games)
APG: James Harden – 5.3

Only James Harden and Trevor Ariza played in all 4 games.

Warriors:
PPG: Steph Curry – 25.8
RPG: Andrew Bogut – 11.3 (3 games)
APG: Steph Curry – 8.3

Only Andrew Bogut and David Lee did NOT play all four games out of Golden State’s core group

Next: How Did Houston Take Those Losses?

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