Ideal 10: Warriors keep streak alive with win over Rockets

He only had 19 points on 35 percent shooting though he did grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. So you can imagine that this was a wild game after the Spurs lost after reaching both of those benchmarks in this game.

A month after an on-court accident in Washington, Golden State Warriors' forward Kevin Durant is back on the court, but this time, he's just limited to non-contact drills to improve his laterals and level of movement for the upcoming days.

The Warriors, meanwhile, still feature the top two, with Curry at 289 and Thompson at 247.

Harden got the Rockets within seven with 38.4 ticks remaining but the Warriors held on and dealt Houston its first three-game losing streak of the season. And by the second quarter, the Stephen Curry (29 points for the game) and Klay Thompson (23 points) shooting exhibition was on.

Houston Rockets' Sam Dekker, left, passes away from Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.

So hot, in fact, that not only have Stephen Curry & Co. won nine straight, but they pulled off one of the biggest wins of the season on Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors could not score against the Spurs' defense, and adding the faults in easy shots, the disadvantage is very explainable.

Golden State was emotionally prepared to shrug off a 22-point deficit during the first quarter in a key showdown with San Antonio.

Despite Adam Silver sending a memo warning teams about resting star players-and all of the bleating about the practice by talk radio hucksters-the Warriors are clearly benefitting from being fresh. The Spurs have struggled against elite defenses this season.

Playing in their third game in four nights and the second game of a back-to-back, the Warriors got off to a sluggish start in San Antonio on Wednesday night.

Russell Westbrook is having an MVP-type season for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but it's hard to imagine them getting to the Western Conference finals, or knocking off one of the West's top three teams.

"It was nearly a little unrealistic to be up 20 so early against this team, then they started making plays starting making shots", said Pau Gasol.

That was about it. With less than two weeks left in the regular season, things are looking good for Golden State. Which is absurd when you think about how the game started. "Whether you're down 15 and can't figure out what's going on in the first quarter, or you put together a attractive performance for 48 minutes, it doesn't matter". It will allow the team to rest guys down the stretch for the playoffs, something that will certainly help Kawhi Leonard, who has had to do too much for the team for much of the season. Coming off a victory Tuesday in Houston, they looked worn out early but caught a second wind in the second quarter. "This is a good learning experience. we've got to get better".

"We have what it takes to win all sorts of ways", Curry said. He had his four-week re-evaluation following knee injury, his Warriors had an important game against the San Antonio Spurs and he had a lengthy interview to ESPN.

  • Julie Sanders