David Lee scored 28 points and added 14 rebounds, while Stephen Curry added 25 points and 6 assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to a close victory over the Houston Rockets, 102-99. Golden State (33-22) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
Lee went 11-22 from the field and 6-7 from the free throw line. Andre Iguodala chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds for Golden State as well. James Harden had another strong game for Houston despite the loss, scoring 39 points on 14-27 shooting (3-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 8-10 from the free throw line. Dwight Howard chipped in 11 points and 21 rebounds.
In a matchup of strength versus strength, the Rockets offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Warriors defense that ranks third-best in the NBA at forcing misses (47.5% opponents' eFG%). Despite finishing with an eFG% of 41.1% in this game, they rank third in the NBA in that metric at 53.0% this season.
This defeat means an end to an eight-game winning streak for Houston, pushing their record to 37-18 for the year.
Coming up, the Warriors square off with the Brooklyn Nets, who are 25-27 on the season. The Rockets match up against the Phoenix Suns, currently sitting at 32-21 this year. The Warriors have a 0-1 record against Brooklyn this season. The Rockets have a 1-1 record against Phoenix this season.