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NBA Game Summary - Houston at Golden State

(Wednesday, October 27th)

Final Score: Golden State 132, Houston 128

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry scored 46 and 25 points, respectively, as the Keith Smart-led Golden State Warriors opened their season with a 132-128 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Curry also had 11 assists for the Warriors, who relinquished Don Nelson of his coaching duties following a 26-56 mark in 2009-10. Nelson, the NBA's all-time wins leader as a head coach, was replaced by assistant Smart.

"It's a relief," Ellis said of winning the opener. "We've been going through preseason and training camp for this moment right here. To get the first win to start the season off in the right direction says a lot."

Golden State's biggest acquisition in the offseason was David Lee, who spent his first five seasons with the Knicks. The blockbuster trade saw the Warriors send Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike to New York. Meanwhile, the team also had to send Corey Maggette to Milwaukee, Anthony Morrow to New Jersey and C.J. Watson to Chicago just to afford Lee.

Lee was impressive in his Golden State debut, scoring 17 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and dishing out six assists. Dorell Wright, who spent the first six years of his career with the Heat, added 15 points.

"We didn't do too many good things on the defensive end, but one thing we did do well was that we out-rebounded them tonight," Lee said. "They actually shot under 50 percent, but we let them get to the free throw line 52 times which was a problem. A problem we have to clean up. Offensively we played pretty well and I thought our energy at the end of them game carried us through."

Luis Scola had 36 points and 16 rebounds to pace the Rockets, who opened their season with a loss to the Lakers on Tuesday. Kevin Martin tallied 28 points for Houston, which got 16 points from Chuck Hayes.

Holding a 117-114 lead with over 5 1/2 minutes to play, the Warriors ripped off seven straight points to essentially seal the victory. Ellis bookended a Lee three-point play with a pair of baskets for a 124-114 margin with 3:40 remaining.

It was a two-possession game the rest of the way, as Golden State snapped a nine-game losing streak to Houston.

The Warriors led by three, 34-31, following the first quarter, but the Rockets battled back in the second period to take a 68-67 edge at the half.

Golden State put together a 13-6 run to start the third stanza. Curry capped the flurry with a three-pointer to give the Warriors an 80-74 edge with under seven minutes remaining.

After Martin recorded a three-point play, Golden State went on an 11-3 run. Ellis tallied four points and Curry seven during the spurt, which the latter capped with a jumper for a 91-80 lead with about 4 1/2 minutes left. The home team took a 104-96 advantage into the fourth.

Game Notes

Ellis tied career-highs of 46 points and 18 field goals made...Houston won all three meetings with Golden State a season ago...Rockets guard Kyle Lowry (back spasms) missed the game.

10/28 03:53:41 ET

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