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Wednesday, February 6th
(All times Eastern)
Golden State Warriors (30-18) at Oklahoma City Thunder (36-12), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Sometimes when a team catches fire, especially from long
distance, the only solution is to sit back and take the beating.
The Golden State Warriors tried everything they could to avoid that happening
to them on Tuesday night at Houston and they won't catch a break with Kevin
Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on the docket.
Golden State dropped a 140-109 decision against the Rockets in the opener of a
four-game road trip and the hosts shot 50.5 percent for the game, including a
staggering 23-of-40 from 3-point range. Jeremy Lin had five 3-pointers and
both James Harden and Chandler Parsons finished with four. The Rockets tied an
NBA record with 23 3-pointers.
The Warriors began fouling late so as to not let the Rockets get the record.
Marcus Morris of Houston and Draymond Green of the Warriors were ejected after
a little scrum.
"We're not going to lay down. If you're going to try to get the record, we're
going to stop it," said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. "By no means are we going
to accept giving up that many points. We didn't play particularly well, but
that doesn't mean lay down and surrender. That's not in our DNA."
The Warriors were led by Jarrett Jack's 20 points and David Lee registered 18
and seven rebounds for Golden State, which made 47.7 percent of its shots and
buried only 3-of-15 3-pointers.
Carl Landry scored 12 points and Andrew Bogut and Richard Jefferson added 10
points apiece in the setback. The Warriors trailed by only one point, 38-37,
after the first 12 minutes, but Houston had a 39-25 scoring advantage in the
second quarter. Golden State, which fell to 14-12 on the road, gave up 30-plus
points in three of the four periods.
The Warriors will also visit Memphis and Dallas on the trek and had won four
in a row and seven of nine games.
Oklahoma City hasn't won back-to-back games since mid-January and will
continue a three-game homestand Wednesday night.
The Thunder have alternated wins and losses the previous nine games and are
coming off Monday's 112-91 victory over the Mavericks. Russell Westbrook had
24 points and Durant chipped in 19 and 10 rebounds.
"The last couple weeks have been choppy at times for us, but one thing you can
say about our guys -- our guys compete," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.
Kevin Martin had 17 points off the bench for the Thunder, who have won five in
a row at home and are 21-3 as the host.
Oklahoma City, which had played 10 of 12 road contests, is a solid 15-1 at
home against the Western Conference. It is 11-1 in games played after a loss
OKC will close out its homestand Friday versus Phoenix.
The 2012-13 season series between the Thunder and Warriors is tied at a game
apiece, with each team winning as the host. Oklahoma City has won six of eight
and 11 of the last 15 meetings with Golden State, which has dropped seven in a
row as the guest in this series.
02/06 10:25:49 ET