Cousins came into tonight's game averaging 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists per game on 45 percent shooting from the field. "We done played them enough times where they know us, and we know them". As potent as Golden State's offense has been, their defense has been just as stout during their mini-dynasty.
"I think it was maybe a reminder that when we play against the Warriors, obviously the goal is to match up with them, whether it is second round or conference Finals, whatever it may be". The Splash Brothers combined for 54 points while DeMarcus Cousins stepped up in KD's absence with a line of 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
The National Basketball Association, despite the million dollar divas that make up the nightly soap opera, is more similar to life of the common than one realizes.
Regardless of all the chatter surrounding the rivalry between the Warriors and the Rockets, Green said "I'm not sure stupidity juices anyone".
But it was the team performance that particularly pleased Curry, given that Golden State was without Durant's scoring.
Harden scoffed when asked about Curry's comment.
"I know in the playoffs, that's gonna be big".
"No I don't", he said.
"But that's OK. That's 3-1 [in the regular-season series]". Houston shook off its early season woes and has gone 31-11 since to dig out of its early hole and get within striking distance of first place as the regular season winds down. Sometimes at home we kind of just relax and think "oh we're gonna win".
Houston (42-26) trailed by 13 points with 4:52 left before storming back with a 14-2 run.
Paul sat out from December 22-Jan. We fought back until the last second and that's what it is.
The Rockets also have gotten a boost recently from the strong play of Eric Gordon. As usual, Houston leads the league in 3-pointers made per game, but they just couldn't find the range against the Warriors.
"It's OK", added James Harden, who led the Rockets with 29 points.
The Rockets have had at least four players finish in double figures in all but one game during their recent streak and have had six score more than 10 once and five players do it in two other games.
"When Kevin is out, we don't have the luxury of throwing to him and getting 30 points", Thompson said. "On the road, you know what it takes to win and we've been able to play with the type of intensity". So it's good to have multiple guys that can step up every night.
Golden State got off to a strong start and led by ten after the first quarter, 33-23.
Paul, a 13-year veteran and 9-time All-Star who is seeking his first championship, said that selflessness is a sign of a good team.
"Focus", Green said. "If we go into this game locked in, which I have no doubt we will, we'll give ourselves a good chance to win".