When and where: March 13, 2019, Toyota Center, Houston, TX, 9:30 PM ET
Everything comes full-circle for the Houston Rockets on Wednesday when they host the Golden State Warriors in a highly-anticipated Western Conference showdown. The nine-game winning streak started when the Rockets defeated the Warriors at Oracle Arena back in February. They are currently coming off a lopsided home win over the Charlotte Hornets, while the Warriors are still stewing in disappointment after losing to the Phoenix Suns.
Warriors get embarrassed by the Suns
The Warriors are flat-out tired and disinterested in the regular season.
That much was made apparent on Sunday night after they dropped a home game against the 16-win Suns. There really is no other explanation for the greatest basketball team ever assembled on paper getting run off their home court by a non-playoff contender.
Well, unless you’re Klay Thompson, then you might suspect the fans had something to do with it.
“So it’s ugly but … I expect our crowd to be little more into it, too,” said Thompson, via Sports Illustrated. “Like, I know it’s not the playoffs, but it is our last go-around at Oracle. Least you can stand up or something when we make a good play, especially in the beginning. We need that energy, especially this time of the year. It’s hard to conjure up energy every single night ’cause you’re looking forward to the playoffs and that run.”
The Warriors shot 10-of-43 from 3-pointer with both Thompson and Steph Curry combining for 8-of-30 from beyond the arc. It was without question the team’s most embarrassing loss of the season. Thompson netted a team-high 28 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Kevin Durant dropped 25 points, two rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the 115-111 loss.
The Rockets blow past the Hornets
While the Warriors are clearly getting bored with the regular season, the Rockets are seemingly heating up at the right time. Their win over the Hornets on Monday night marked their ninth consecutive victory, and they are currently knocking on the door for a second place spot in the Western Conference standings. The Hornets did attempt to spring a comeback in the second-half, but they were ultimately held in check by the improved Rockets’ defense.
Outside of star guard Kemba Walker, the rest of the Hornets struggled on a night where they were minus 19 on the boards and held to 42.7 percent shooting from the floor.
“I just take what the defense gives me,” star guard James Harden said after the game, per ESPN.com. “Making shots or missing shots, I’ll take the same shots every single game … and I got off the ball and multiple guys got open shots. I don’t really try to press anything. I just try to take what they give me and be effective.”
Harden finished the game with a team-high 28 points, six rebounds, 10 assists and three steals, while Chris Paul netted 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. As usual, center Clint Capela had a big night as well with 19 points, 15 rebounds and two assists in the 118-106 win.
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