Warriors end Rockets’ winning streak in close-fought tussle
The Golden State Warriors brought an end to the Houston Rockets’ winning streak of nine games last night, with DeMarcus Cousins leading the way. The Rockets were looking to claim a four-game season-series sweep over their opponents, but Cousins chalked up a season-high 27 points plus seven assists and eight rebounds to help take the Warriors to a 106-104 victory.
The Warriors were without Kevin Durant, who was recovering from a right ankle contusion that he suffered during Sunday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns.
With their regular high scorer out, Klay Thompson led with 30 points on five-for-ten three-point shooting, while Stephen Curry added another 24. James Harden scored 29 for the Rockets and Chris Paul added another 24, but the Warriors had just enough in their lockers to hold on.
Elsewhere, the Oklahoma City Thunder came from behind to beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-96. The Thunder trailed by 17 in the second quarter and ten early in the third, but came back with Paul George and Russell Westbrook combining for 56 points. Westbrook led with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, registering his first triple-double since February.
The Orlando Magic’s spell wasn’t quite strong enough as the Washington Wizards recorded a 100-90 win in their match-up. Bradley Beal scored 23 points for the Wizards, while Thomas Bryant added 21 points and ten rebounds.
Pistons record their lowest-scoring quarter since 2012
The Miami Heat turned the heat up to score the first 21 points in the second half and roll past opponents the Detroit Pistons 108-74. That crucial third quarter ended 33-8 and was the Pistons’ lowest-scoring quarter since November 2012, when they had a similar eight-pointer in a game against Orlando. A balanced Heat attack saw Dion Waiters score 14 points, while Hassan Whiteside and Josh Richardson registered 13 each and Dwyane Wade grabbed another 11 points off the bench.
The Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns for the fifth time in a row. This one ended 114-97, with Donovan Mitchell leading the scoring on 26 points. Rudy Gobert added 18 points and 20 rebounds, while Derrick Favors ended the game with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 132-111, with John Collins grabbing his 28th double-double of the season on 27 points and 12 rebounds. Trae Young added 22 and eight rebounds, while Alex Len came off the bench and ended on 20 points and eight rebounds.
Words: Noah Hart