Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
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DeMarcus Cousins leads Golden State Warriors over Houston Rockets with dominant performance

DeMarcus Cousins leads Golden State Warriors over Houston Rockets with dominant performance

So nobody wanted to jump to any grand conclusions after the Golden State Warriors held on for a 106-104 win Wednesday over the Houston Rockets, a team that has established itself over the past two seasons as the two-time defending champions' primary challengers.

"This is the team we should have had all year and it just didn't materialize", coach Mike D'Antoni said.

"We'll look at film, try to get better and move on". "But having said that, with all the stuff we've gone through and all the ups and downs, and starting from 11-14 to whatever we are after that, we're in a good spot and we still have a chance to legitimately make a run for the first spot". "Sometimes you don't learn a lot when you win. And then he get thrusted into that team that's right in the middle of it.'s interesting". It'll get their attention.

But Curry sank two free throws with eight seconds left and, after James Harden missed the second of two free throws with 6.4 seconds left, Andre Iguodala tracked down the loose ball in the backcourt for Golden State to seal the victory.

"Sometimes games like this can kind of wake you up", Houston guard Austin Rivers said.

"I don't think anybody can stop me 1-on-1, period", said Cousins, who was 11-of-16 from the field. "The goal is to match up with them, whether it is second round or conference finals, whatever it may be".

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.

"We didn't learn nothing that we didn't already know", guard Chris Paul said after the Rockets' nine-game winning streak was snapped and any realistic hope of catching the Warriors for the West's top seed was extinguished.

The Warriors were without the 10-time NBA All-Star for the trip to the Toyota Center because of a sprained ankle, but the likes of Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins came through to fill the void.

Harden acknowledged that he does get a bit more amped up for games like the one on Wednesday night, but he agreed with Paul that it doesn't mean more than any other regular-season game. "Tonight was definitely a good learning lesson for us, and we will definitely learn from it".

Despite the surge, James Harden & Co. still trail first-place Golden State, which has lost six of 10 capped by a loss to the lowly Suns, by 3 1/2 games in the Western Conference standings. But, win or not, Green wasn't anxious too much about the season series following the game.

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