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Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets NBA: “Golden state” beat “Houston”, “Oklahoma” lost “clippers”
Kristopher Love | 12 January, 2018, 20:36

However, he still played 38 minutes and finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks. 58% of Rockets possessions have 0-1 passes, most in the league, while the Warriors only have such possessions 36% of the time. Stephen Curry continued his back-from-ankle-injury onslaught, seemingly breezing his way to 29 points, while Klay Thompson scored 31 of his own, shooting a scorching 70% from three. Without Harden, fade Houston and back Golden State to cover easily. The Rockets want to prove that the first game wasn't just a fluke, that they've acquired enough talent to beat best of the west.

Golden State heads into the contest with records of 30-8 straight up (SU) and 17-20 against the spread (ATS). Likewise, the Warriors have possessions with 5 or more passes 11% of the time while the Rockets have such possessions just 4% of the time.

The Rockets won their season opener against Golden State, but that also happened amid unique circumstances. Sure, Paul played in the Rockets' opening night win over the Dubs this season, but he played second fiddle to James Harden that night-and didn't play at all down the stretch due to injury.

But on Thursday night with the Rockets playing without their most important piece in James Harden, who is sidelined because of a hamstring strain, Chris Paul and his supporting cast were not enough to overcome the defending National Basketball Association champions. Tobias Harris is averaging 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.7 points and two assists. "We held them to 12 points in the first quarter". The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. Chris Paul: These two have been going at it for years, so nothing changes with Paul moving from the Clippers to the Rockets. It's impossible to get a true sense of how these squads matchup without two of the premier scorers in the game.

Both teams failed to capitalize on their final possessions in the fourth-Kuzma missed a three for L.A. and Houston couldn't get off a shot-sending the game to overtime.