Steve Kerr praises Mike D'Antoni following Warriors-Rockets clash

Ariza landed on McAdoo's head as they both fell chasing a loose ball.

The Golden State Warriors, without Kevin Durant, just swept a road back-to-back set against the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors' biggest competition in the Western Conference.

SAN ANTONIO - To hear the Spurs tell it, they're guarding against getting too caught up in the hype surrounding their home clash with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

The Warriors - who could ultimately end up facing San Antonio for a place in the National Basketball Association finals when the playoffs get under way - looked to be in deep trouble as the Spurs raced into a 29-7 first quarter lead. With eight games remaining in the season, the Warriors, still two-and-a-half games ahead of the Spurs, are likely to hold onto the No. 1 seed. During the win streak, either Curry or Thompson has led the team in scoring.

Signing a Seth Curry contract to the Houston Rockets could make the James Harden team a formidable shooting squad that could mimic the fast-paced plays of the Golden State Warriors.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson demonstrated yet again why they are the best backcourt in the league, combining for 52 points with eight made threes between the pair.

"We just didn't play well for whatever reason", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. "This is not going to happen very often". "We had a really good night defensively - everything came from that", Popovich said. Curry topped all scorers with 29 points on 9-for-20 shooting (including 4-for-8 on 3s) and added 11 assists, while David West and Andre Iguodala chipped in for 29 points off the bench. Houston's four-game winning streak ended on a night when the Rockets made just 5 of 31 3-pointers.

The third quarter started off where the second left off, with Golden State knocking down shots while the Spurs did things like fail to get a shot off in 24 seconds. He's been playing with a jammed left wrist, and - for the first time since he suffered the injury on March 18 - he admitted it's bothering him. "I don't like to feel sorry myself at all, but the shot is short and it's frustrating when you can't even follow through". He had 14 points and six rebounds, with a good chunk of that coming early as the Warriors tried to rally. San Antonio pummeled Golden State, 129-100, in the season-opener.

Warriors: Golden State forward Kevin Durant worked out on the court before the game, but remains sidelined by an injured left knee.

With Draymond Green missing a majority of the second half with a tweaked ankle, the Rockets went on a little run.

DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points for Toronto (45-30), and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Rockets: Montrezl Harrell was away from the team for the birth of a child. Harden has had at least 10 assists in nine straight games. Clint Capela is thriving as the starting center. Not to mention Steve Kerr earned his 200th win on the night.

  • Julie Sanders