Boogie Up, Cousins Drops 27 to End Rockets' Nine-Game Winning Streak

Heather Diaz
March 16, 2019

Klay Thompson made his 200th 3-pointer of the season on Wednesday night's win over the Houston Rockets, making this year his seventh consecutive season knocking down at least 200 from beyond the arc. Klay Thompson led the way with 30 points after going 5-10 from three-point range.

As the Warriors try to chase their third straight National Basketball Association championship, both players and coaches have grown exhausted of some of the questioning they have to deal with on a daily basis, so Warriors forward Draymond Green had no problem agreeing with Cousins' soap opera comparison. Harden sat out with a neck injury, but the Rockets got 25 points from Gordon, 23 from Paul, 20 from Kenneth Faried and 18 from Tucker. In a two-point win over their rival Houston Rockets and without Durant, Boogie poured in a season-high 27 points to go along with eight boards, seven dimes and a pair of steals.

The defending champions stayed on top with a 46-21 record, 4.5 games ahead of the Rockets, who remained at the 4th spot at 42-26 in the Western Conference.

Victory for the Warriors helped prevent the Rockets taking a season-series sweep as it finished 3-1 in favour of Houston. He just played probably the most complete game he's played since he's been here.

Monday with a 118-106 victory over the Charlotte Hornets behind a 28-point night from James Harden.

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors looks on during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China at Universidade Center on October 5, 2017 in Shenzhen, China.

"We beat them four times or three times in the regular season ain't nobody going to remember in about a month", Chris Paul said.

Early this season, it didn't look like Houston would have a chance to compete for the No. 1 spot after the Rockets limped out to an 11-14 start.

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"I'm quick", Rivers said with a wry smile.

Cousins is averaging 15.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game with the Warriors this season.

"We just had too many mistakes", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Steph Curry pushed the lead back out to three with a pair of free throws with 8 seconds left. I thought he did a phenomenal job just getting down on the block and controlling the game down there.

"It's a good win for us", Kerr said.

After taking the Warriors to seven games in last year's conference finals, the Rockets might be Golden State's biggest threat, once again, despite what the standings say. So it's good to have multiple guys that can step up every night.

When Cousins settled for a one-year deal with Golden State, a lot of folks figured he could be a solution to the Rockets' switch-intensive defensive scheme that often baited the Warriors into relying on isolation instead of their typically attractive ball movement. He also added three rebounds in a season-best 33 minutes of action.

A ideal example came in Houston's last meeting against Golden State, a 118-112 victory on February 23 that got the winning streak going.

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