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Warriors propel past Rockets in 107-98 win

Defense made the difference as Golden State shut down Houston in the fourth quarter.

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Despite some early struggles, the Warriors came back against the Rockets to win 107-98.

This is one of those games you could write a novella about, but in the interest of time, here’s a quick run-down.

The Warriors started strong, going on a 10-2 run to start the game. However, due to some communication errors and sloppy ball movement, they allowed the Rockets to come back and take the lead three minutes later.

The Rockets got up by double digits in the second quarter, but due to some offensive magic by JaVale McGee and Klay Thompson, they closed out the half only down by five.

Thompson stayed hot to start the third quarter, and McGee went nuclear on defense, getting five blocks in the quarter. Stephen Curry tore it up offensively to close it out, scoring eight of the Warriors last 10 points to tie the game.

The two teams kept it neck-and-neck to start the fourth quarter and that was when the defense of Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala helped shut down the Rockets for nearly seven minutes. Houston had 13 empty possessions before they finally got back on the board.

Meanwhile, Golden State had gone on a 12-0 run and taken their first lead since early in the first quarter. The Warriors drastically slowed down the pace to help put the seal on this, their 10th straight victory.

There were many standout performances and everyone made a contribution on this true team effort of a win, but one of the most interesting was McGee, who scored 13 points in just under 11 minutes while also racking up four rebounds and five blocks.

The Splash Brothers held it down, with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals for Thompson and 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals for Curry.

Iguodala put up 14 points, five rebounds & assists each, two steals and three blocks, making his case for Sixth Man of the Year as he put up some clutch shots and some truly excellent defense.

Meanwhile, Green became the first player in franchise history to boast 150 steals and 100 blocks in the same season, further strengthening his campaign for Defensive Player of the Year.

The Warriors hold on to the best record in the NBA and their lead over San Antonio grows to 3.5 games as they get ready to close out the regular season.

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