Warriors roll after halftime vs. Rockets
HOUSTON – Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scored 27 points each and Golden State used a huge third quarter to roll to a 131-106 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
The Warriors had lost to Oklahoma City on Friday night, ending an eight-game winning streak.
"Any time you get a bounce-back win and finish a four-games-in-five-nights stretch 3-1, that's big," Curry said.
Dwight Howard led Houston with 23 points and 10 rebounds on a night when the NBA's leading scorer James Harden scored just 11.
Thompson guarded Harden, who went 4-for-15. He was averaging 27 points a game.
"I thought Klay did a good job of avoiding fouls and then contesting late," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the guard, who had a career-high five blocks.
• ATLANTA'S WIN STREAK HITS 12: Kyle Korver made seven three-pointers on his way to 24 points, and Atlanta beat host Chicago 107-99 for the Hawks' 12th consecutive victory. Al Horford added 22 points and nine rebounds as the Hawks matched the second-longest winning streak in franchise history. Paul Millsap scored 16 and Jeff Teague had 17 points and 11 assists. The Hawks (33-8) have won 26 of 28 since a 7-6 start, surging to the top of the Eastern Conference.
• PISTONS CONTINUE ROLLING: Kyle Singler scored 20 points, Greg Monroe had a double-double and host Detroit routed Philadelphia 107-89. Singler shot 6-for-8 on three-pointers and Monroe finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Pistons won for the ninth time in 11 games.
• WIZARDS GET SPLIT WITH NETS: Nene scored 20 points, three other Washington big men were in double figures, and the Wizards beat host Brooklyn 99-90 to split their home-and-home series. Overpowered by Brook Lopez on Friday, the Wizards bounced back behind 10 points and 16 rebounds from Marcin Gortat, and strong bench efforts from Kris Humphries (13 points) and Kevin Seraphin (12).
• SHORTHANDED HORNETS PREVAIL: Gerald Henderson scored 20 points and host Charlotte defeated Indiana 80-71 in overtime on despite playing without its top two scorers. Both Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson were injured for the Hornets, who play host to the Timberwolves on Monday afternoon.
• GRIZZLIES FINISH: Zach Randolph had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Beno Udrih added 17 points, including two key buckets in the final minute, as the Grizzlies defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 102-98 in Memphis.
• ANOTHER ONE DOWN: The Bucks announced that reserve point guard Kendall Marshall is lost for the season because of a torn ACL.