Minus Durant, Warriors hold off Rockets, 106-104

DeMarcus Cousins holds the key to one more Warriors playoff run

DeMarcus Cousins holds the key to one more Warriors playoff run

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Klay Thompson scored 30 points (12-of-23 field goals, 1-of-1 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 3-pointers in 35.7 minutes of a 106-104 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

Warriors had a road game against the Houston Rockets team that had twice earlier this season beaten the Warriors with one of their superstars missing and came into the game with the hottest streak in the National Basketball Association with 9 consecutive wins on the trot.

Next up for the Warriors is a road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, whereas the Rockets host the Phoenix Suns on Friday. Of the team's 10 losses at Oracle Arena, the Warriors have lost in blowouts to the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors.

The Rockets took the Warriors to seven games in last season's Western Conference Finals.

Klay Thomson fired half of his 30 points from beyond the arc and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the Warriors, who played minus injured star Kevin Durant. Cousins, still finding his way following his return from a torn Achilles, just had his best game as a Warrior on Wednesday. He also has a 20.68 PER rating. He also added three rebounds in a season-best 33 minutes of action.

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Since the NBA All-Star break, Golden State is just 5-5 and yet to win consecutive games.

The Warriors did all of this without Durant, who remained sidelined with a right ankle contusion. The Warriors kept him out of the lineup for precautionary reasons.

"We made a concerted effort to try to feed him in the post because of the way they played defense".

The Houston Rockets haven't shied away from expressing their desire to dethrone the Golden Warriors.

Justise Winslow scored 16 points to lead seven double-figure scorers for Miami in a 108-74 rout of visiting Detroit.

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Bryant had 21 points, with 10 of those coming in the final stanza, to go along with 10 rebounds (four offensive) as well as one assist and two blocks in 25 minutes off the bench.

Thompson his five treys in this game to give him 203 on the season. While the Rockets pulled even at 52-52 on a Harden 3-pointer with 32.5 seconds left, it was Paul who scored seven points in succession to help erase a 49-42 deficit. The won nine games in a row and looked unstoppable. The Rockets were ready to turn the corner until this setback.

Harden led the way for the Rockets with 29 points. "If this didn't get their attention, then we're in big trouble". It'll get their attention. But I think he was wrong about this one.

The Warriors have their number in the postseason.

But the Warriors scored the last four points of the period to extend the lead to 85-78 entering the fourth.

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"But that's OK. That's 3-1 [in the regular-season series]". Cousins recorded six assists in the first half.

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