HOUSTON – Kevin Durant scored 32 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 125-108 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
Durant shot 12-of-19 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes, while Stephen Curry finished with 24 points with five 3s and dished out seven assists for the Warriors (37-6), who was winning six straight.
Klay Thompson scored 16 points and Draymond Green ended with 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three blocks for Golden State, which shot 52.8 percent from the floor.
“I think it was good defense on our part,” Durant said. “They missed a couple of open ones, but that’s from — they didn’t have a rhythm.
“I think we did a good job of putting a hand up on the shots and getting out and rebounding … for the most part we contested, forced them to shoot in the paint and got out and ran.”
Clint Capela finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Rockets (33-13).
James Harden added 17 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, but also turned the ball over seven times, while Sam Dekker chipped in with 17 points and seven boards for Houston, which took 35 shots from 3-point range and made just 7.
“None of us are happy, but it happens,” Harden said. “So what? What’s next? And that’s what our motto is.”
Durant added that besides limiting the Rockets’ success from beyond the arc, the Warriors knew they had to keep Harden somewhat quiet as well.
“You don’t want Harden up there dancing with the ball, shooting step backs and running down court dancing,” the star forward said.
“So we did a good job of limiting his shots, making him pass the ball and contesting shots as well at the 3-point line.”
The series meeting between these two teams is now locked at 1-1, as the Rockets won the first meeting 132-127 in double-overtime on Dec 1.
The Warriors will visit the Orlando Magic in their next fixture on Sunday, looking for a seventh straight win.
Houston, in the meantime, has a quick turnaround, as it will visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday to begin a five-game road trip.