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Rockets, Warriors square off in Oakland
(Sports Network) - The last time the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors met, the Rockets matched some NBA history from long range and things got very chippy late in the game.
The two teams will meet one week later at Oracle Arena Tuesday night and the Warriors haven't been the same since the Rockets made 23 3-pointers against them.
Golden State dropped all four games on a recent road trip and the battle with Houston started the slide. With the Rockets chucking up 3's to tie the NBA record, Warriors coach Mark Jackson instructed his team to foul to prevent Houston from tying the mark.
Draymond Green and Marcus Morris were both ejected late after a minor scuffle, but the Warriors struggled the rest of their trip. They fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks.
"We need to learn from our mistakes on that road trip," said center Andrew Bogut, who missed the OKC and Dallas games as he's still not ready to play back-to-back nights. "It is only four games, but it is a wake-up call."
Steph Curry led the Warriors with 18 points against the Mavs on Saturday and five Golden State players scored in double figures. Jarrett Jack also missed the Dallas game with a bruised right shoulder and he's listed as questionable for Tuesday.
The Warriors, who allowed 118.5 ppg during the disastrous road trip, unveiled new uniforms this week. They will wear the first-ever modern short-sleeve uniform, starting on Feb. 22 and for two other home games this season.
The Rockets are 1-2 since the epic victory over the Warriors one week ago. They fell in Miami to the defending champion Heat, beat the Portland Trail Blazers at home, then lost to the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, 117-111, on Sunday.
James Harden led the way for the Rockets against the Kings with 30. Patrick Patterson, Omer Asik, Carlos Delfino and Jeremy Lin scored in double figures as well.
Houston allowed the Kings to shoot 55 percent from the 3-point line and went 10-for-33 from beyond the arc.
"They made some threes. They broke us down, got into the paint, collapsed us and made it," said Rockets coach Kevin McHale. "We talked about two things we didn't do: we didn't contain the ball which we had to do; they got where they wanted to go off the dribble, off the pick-and-roll, off Isaiah Thomas, off whoever had it, and offensive rebounds. They did both."
The Kings tallied 15 offensive rebounds against the Rockets on Sunday.
Houston won this season's earlier matchup and is 18-6 in its last 24 against the Warriors. The Rockets have taken six of their last eight in Golden State.
02/12 10:34:56 ET