San Francisco – The Warriors have reason to celebrate. Stephen Curry raised his arms with glee after the buzzer sounded. Hugs and handshakes were given on the bench as Golden State ended their six-game losing streak by beating the Houston Rockets 121-116.
The Warriors snapped a six-game overall-losing streak (longest since 2/5/20-2/27/20, an eight-game losing streak) and a five game home-losing streak. Golden State made a season-high 21 3-point baskets. The Warriors made a season-high 48.8% of their 3-point attempts (prev. 45.0%, 11/3 at OKC) and committed a season-low eight turnovers.
Chris Paul posted his third double-double on the season (525th of his career). Tonight marked his fourth game of 15-or-more points this season and fourth game with double-figure assists. Over the span of his last two games he’s recorded 23 assists and one turnover. In the first 15 games of the season Paul has 115 assists, the most for a Warriors player over the span of the first 15 games of a season since Stephen Curry had 130 to begin the 2013-14 season.
Stephen Curry (30,735) passed Nate Thurmond (30,729) to become the franchise’s all-time leader in minutes played. He has made four-or-more threes in 13-straight games to open the season, the longest-such streak in NBA history. Curry has made at least one three-pointer in 258 consecutive regular-season games, extending his NBA-record streak (began on 12/1/18 at DET).He made a season-high-tying 11 free throws (prev. 11/12 vs. MIN).
Klay Thompson scored a season-high 20 points. He made a season-high-tying five 3-pointers. Dario Šarić tallied his fourth game of 15-or-more points on the season.
“I thought Klay was much more patient offensively,” said Kerr. “Took a couple of bad shots early where we had plenty of time on the shot clock. Everybody just keeps telling him ‘if you just move it you’re going to get it back with this team’, and that’s what happened. I thought he was a lot more patient. The quality of his shots was much better.
It seems like he’s had a lot of slow starts over the years since I’ve been here. I remember when he broke the record for threes in a game in Chicago he had been in a huge rut before that. It happens frequently for Klay. I think he just presses, he wants to make every shot, and then he kind of gets in his own way. When he just moves the ball, and doesn’t put so much pressure on himself, and focuses on defense the shots come to him and he’s much more fluid and free.”
“I tell Klay all the time, I have played against him for a long time, that every time that he shoots it, I think that it is going in,” Paul said. “He is a big part of our team and everything that we do. Sometimes we may need him to cause two or three people to guard him and find the next guy, but every time that I am pushing the ball up the court, I am looking for him.”
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