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Houston Rockets Lose Contested Affair to the Warriors – Player Grades

February 9, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
February 9, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Another loss marks a sweep by the Warriors of the Houston Rockets, but as the player grades denote Golden State arguably brings out the best in the Rockets.

169. 123. 41. . 110

Controversy started early, in fact before the game even started with Kevin McHale publicly speaking for the first time since being fired by the Rockets. McHale was quoted stating James Harden came to preseason camp overweight (due to an ankle injury) and that he was very surprised by his firing.

The game started as one would expect it: Stephen Curry knocked down a bunch of threes early with the Rockets offering little to no resistance. The Warriors maintained a safe 10-16 point advantage until midway second quarter when the Rockets started their run.

The second half was hugely entertaining with both teams trading baskets and the Rockets playing defense with an unseen intensity so far this season.

In the end, oddly enough Harrison Barnes came to the rescue (I know, tough, right?) and scored 17 of his 19 points in the fourth to settle the deal in Warriors favor. It was nevertheless an encouraging and spirited defeat for Houston.

Rockets Player Grades

A+. Initially I thought the Houston Rockets were on to something having <a href=. SF-PF. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA

SF. Houston Rockets. COREY BREWER. C+. We definitely can’t deny <a href=

C. Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD. B. It was all good for <a href=

SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN. A. Scoreless in the first quarter <a href=

PG. Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY. D. <a href=

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MARCUS THORNTON. B+. <a href=. SG. Houston Rockets

Best Opponent:

A. It’s definitely impressive what Stephen Curry is able to do when shooting the ball. Sometimes it really genuinely seems as if he has unlimited range. Tonight he shot a 29 footer just because. His speed and ball handling is just too much for defenses to deal with. With Curry you have to pick your poison: either the long shot or the easy layup. Curry ended up with 35 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds. Great all around.. G. Golden State Warriors. STEPHEN CURRY

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