Dwight Howard finished with 18 points and added 11 rebounds, his 15th double-double of the season, to lead the Houston Rockets to a close victory over the Golden State Warriors, 116-112. The Rockets had a strong shooting performance in this one, going 39-79 (49.4%) from the field and 26-35 (74.3%) at the free throw line. This is the seventh win for Houston (16-8) in its last 10 games.
Howard shot 5-6 and went 7-7 from the free throw line, in a solid performance. James Harden chipped in 26 points and 9 assists for Houston as well. Despite the loss, David Lee put up 23 points for Golden State on 8-13 shooting from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line. He also recorded 10 rebounds. Harrison Barnes added 20 points and 12 rebounds, Stephen Curry finished with 20 points and 9 assists, and Marreese Speights put up 16 points and 9 rebounds.
The Rockets combined an eFG% of 57.0% with 41.4% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (7-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Warriors, on the other hand, are 2-1 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Golden State (13-11) to 0-2 versus Houston on the season.
Coming up, the Rockets battle the Sacramento Kings, who are 6-15 on the season. The Warriors meet the Phoenix Suns, currently sitting at 13-9 this year.