Monday, 25 March, 2019

Cousins steps up for Warriors in win over Rockets

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Rita Gibson | 16 March, 2019, 14:14

The Rockets took the Warriors to seven games in last season's Western Conference Finals.

Thompson added a basket for the Warriors before the Rockets used a 6-0 spurt to cut the lead to 104-100 with 47.7 seconds left. He averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games with New Orleans.

The Rockets nearly completed a comeback tonight.

DeMarcus Cousins also served as a facilitator before thriving as a battering ram, posting season-highs in points (27) and assists (seven) to help the Warriors bounce back from Sunday's loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Tonight, it was not to be for Houston.

But Curry sank two free throws with eight seconds left and, after James Harden missed the second of two free throws with 6.4 seconds left, Andre Iguodala tracked down the loose ball in the backcourt for Golden State to seal the victory.

Yet, here we are today, with Golden State having taken home each of the last two championships with a third likely on the way. But, during one play of last night's contest, DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins flopped. This is despite Cousins coming off an Achilles tear as a massive, 7-foot center.

After being blamed by both fans and media for the Warriors' recent woes, Cousins - who declined to speak to reporters over the past few days - brushed off the criticism postgame, acknowledging that he appreciated his teammates publicly defending him.

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"We didn't learn nothing that we didn't already know", guard Chris Paul said after the Rockets' nine-game winning streak was snapped and any realistic hope of catching the Warriors for the West's top seed was extinguished.

Now, on the latest episode of 'As the Warriors Turn', the team will again try and capture the rhythm that's eluded them in the hostile, but historically comforting confines of Oklahoma City in Saturday night's matchup against the Thunder.

Golden State got off to a strong start and led by ten after the first quarter, 33-23.

To put the Rockets' season in perspective consider that they were 11-14 at their lowest point this season just before Harden's 30-point scoring streak began.

"It's alright, we lost, we know we did. And we just gotta figure some things out and do a better job". Eric Gordon added 17 points while the Houston bench, which played a significant role in a victory over Charlotte on Monday, produced just 18 points. Rather, the only roadblock standing in their way of history is their ability to block out all the drama and storylines and get back to the basics of playing basketball at a level we've rarely seen in the past.

"Yeah, that's a great team", Houston center Clint Capela said.

When Cousins settled for a one-year deal with Golden State, a lot of folks figured he could be a solution to the Rockets' switch-intensive defensive scheme that often baited the Warriors into relying on isolation instead of their typically handsome ball movement. "I really do believe there's no other team but us that can really have a chance against them".

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