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104-106.Thompson and Warriors, without Durant, beat Rockets in a duel of leaders

 Houston (USA), .- The escort Klay Thompson led the attack of the Warriors of Golden State, which won at home by 104-106 to the Rockets of Houston, who with the defeat saw broken a streak of nine wins consecutive and dropped a place in the Western Conference.

Thompson made five triples to reach 203 this season and joined his teammate, point guard Stephen Curry, as the only players in NBA history who have had seven consecutive seasons with at least 200 three-pointers.

The Warriors (46-21) clinched their fifth win in the last 10 games and clinched leaders in the Western Conference with a 1.5-game lead over the Denver Nuggets, second, who had a rest day.

The Golden State team was credited with the victory despite not having his star player, forward Kevin Durant, who has a sprained right ankle.

The current league champions recovered from the surprise loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday and avoided being swept by the Rockets, who won the first three games this season.

The Warriors, who had lost six of the last 10 games, are 4.5 games ahead of Houston at the top of the Western Conference standings.
Along with Thompson, center DeMarcus Cousins ‚Äč‚Äčachieved 27 points, his best season record, added eight rebounds and distributed seven assists.

Curry also supported the team by getting 24 points from a list of just three players from the Warriors who got double-digit numbers.

The star base of the Warriors needs six points to become the fifth player in the history of the franchise to reach 16,000 points.

Curry got just 3 of 9 attempts from 3-pointers, finishing a streak of 12 consecutive games with at least four, second in NBA history behind a 13-game run by James Harden this season.

The Rockets (42-26), who could not make their tenth consecutive victory, with the loss fell to the fourth place in the Western Conference, ceding third place to the Oklahoma City Thunder, which beat 108-96 tonight the Brooklyn Nets for their second straight win.

Harden got a double-double of 29 points and 10 assists, but missed 10 of 12 field goals, and could not get the deciding number in the final stretch of the game when the Rockets had the option to complete the comeback and take the victory.

The base Chris Paul, who was the one that got the team in the match in the final straight, finished with 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.

While the Swiss center Clint Capela this time could not be a winning factor despite having achieved a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds – 12 defensive – but lost the individual duel with Cousins.
The escort Eric Gordon reached the 17 goals, including three triples of seven attempts, and completed the list of four full-back Rockets players who had double-digit numbers. (EFE)

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