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It's just one loss - Harden not concerned as Rockets' winning streak ends

It's just one loss - Harden not concerned as Rockets' winning streak ends

Playing without injured Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors snapped Houston's nine-game win streak and avoided being swept this season by the Rockets with a 106-104 road victory Wednesday.

In last year's playoffs and in wins earlier this season, the Rockets' switch-heavy defense gave the Warriors fits. The Dubs (46-21) are now one-and-a-half games clear of the Nuggets for the best record in the Western Conference.

Curry sank two free throws with 8 seconds to play to boost the lead and the Warriors fouled Harden to send him to the free throw line.

The Rockets were confident last postseason they could beat the Warriors, but they haven't relished the win in the regular-season series. Of the team's 10 losses at Oracle Arena, the Warriors have lost in blowouts to the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors. Houston has won all three games against the Warriors this season, but win or lose on Wednesday night, the Rockets have much bigger goals. He also avenged a mediocre performance in their previous meeting against the Rockets during a six-point loss in Houston.

Cousins, along with Andre Iguodala, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, were the four Warriors with four or more assists. He also has a 20.68 PER rating.

Collins finished with 27 points on 11-for-17 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 28th double-double of the season. "We knew who we wanted to score, (but) we should have been knowing that the entire game".

Kevin Durant sat out tonight with a right ankle contusion. The Warriors kept him out of the lineup for precautionary reasons.

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The Houston Rockets haven't shied away from expressing their desire to dethrone the Golden Warriors. It marks his first 30-point outing since November 24, 2015.

Thompson his five treys in this game to give him 203 on the season. He joined Curry as the only players in National Basketball Association history to have seven straight seasons with 200 3-pointers. Despite Golden State's current woes and absence of consecutive wins in over a month, since February 12, the Vegas and Offshore books see no cracks in the Warriors medal. The rest of the article will look at my top three fantasy highlights from March 13th's six-game slate.

Now, with a chance to finally find consistency for their final 15 games, the Warriors need to show one attribute Saturday night that's alluded them up to this point. The Rockets were ready to turn the corner until this setback. It'll get their attention. I think we let their guys get too many shots off.

The Warriors have their number in the postseason.

The Warriors - who absorbed a shocking loss to the cellar-dwelling Phoenix Suns last Sunday - almost blew a 13-point advantage, 102-89, in the last 4 minutes.

Golden State had a seven-point lead to start the fourth and scored the first seven points of the period, highlighted by a 3 from Thompson, to push the lead to 92-78.