The short hands of the Houston Rockets thoroughly reviewed the Golden State Warriors to take a 118-112 victory. Despite missing the reigning MVP James Harden, a balanced team effort led the day to Houston in Oakland.
Eric Gordon had 25 points, Chris Paul had a 23-point monster game and 17 assisted, beginner Kenneth Faried had 20 points and PJ "Tuckwagon" Tucker had a brilliant 18-point performance marked by his great defense.
Warriors were led by Kevin Durant's 29 points while Stephen Curry had 25, and Klay Thompson added 20. DeMarcus cousins had a double-double with 1
Houston roared for a 15-0 lead as the warriors couldn't seem to dribble, pass or shoot to open the game. When Thompson finally hit the seal on the basket with a deep triple, the massive crowd erupted as if it were a game winner. Hilarious.
The rockets took a 35-20 advantage after a quarter. DeMarcus Cousins had 3 errors and was 1-to-7 from the pitch in the first half, which showed great hardship, but trouble finishing the rim. Houston's defense defense kept the warriors from going downhill toward the edge of most of the half, while Paul had a double-double (10 points, 11 assist) after two quarters.
Durant brought the load early by 19 for Champs, while Curry burned at the end of seconds to take 13 points in half.
Also just before half, Curry associated with Andre Iguodala on a large layup, and Draymond Green leveled Paul with a monster screen.
Draymond Green pancake blocked Chris Paul at the semi-finals. The CP3 holds its ribs on the left side as he slowly enters the wardrobe.
– Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 24, 2019
Rockets 61, Warriors 54
] PJ Tucker is just built to play Warriors.
– Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) February 24, 2019
PJ Tucker with back-to-back blocks on Splash Brothers
– Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) February 24, 2019  PJ Tucker has taken over an NBA basketball game
– Kegan Reneau (@KeganReneau) February 24, 2019
As the explosions of PJ Tucker related tweets show, the former Longhorn had a helluva third quarter. He blocked Thompson and Curry on back-to-back possessions, and ended the third term with a long-range fadeaway buzzer beater. The Rockets took a 92-86 fourth quarter advantage.
Draymond Green turned his ankle out on cousins early in the fourth and left the game.
The two teams fought down the stretch, with the Rockets warding off every Warrior running with resilience and intelligence.
The warriors hit the lead down to four late, but could not get over the hump.
It marks the third straight rockets winning over the warriors; it can't sit well with champs. Good game of Houston!