The Warriors try to establish a franchise record with a 17th straight home victory and sweep the Rockets for the first time in 41 seasons.
The Warriors beat the Rockets 98-87 on November 8 and 105-93 on December 10, though Dwight Howard missed both games, once due to the flu and once due to a right knee strain.
Howard was available Saturday and finished with team-highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds in the Warriors’ 131-106 beatdown win in Houston. Howard’s performance didn’t mean much since Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each scored 27 as the Warriors shot 54.9 percent and led by as many as 31 points. It was the highest point total surrendered by the Rockets in 120 games.
James Harden was held to 12 points on 4 of 12 shooting for his third-lowest output in that blowout loss before bouncing back with a season-high 45 in Monday’s 110-98 home win over the Pacers. Harden is averaging 22.7 points on 39.4 percent shooting in the season series against the Warriors and his play is vital as the Rockets try to prevent the Warriors from sweeping them for the first time since winning all four games in 1973-74.
Golden State crushed Denver 122-79 on Monday to extend their longest single-season home win streak to 16 games. Klay Thompson had 22 points in 23 minutes and Stephen Curry added 20 and eight assists in 25. The Warriors look to surpass the 18-1 home start by the 1975-76 club as their best.
Stephen Curry is averaging 27.0 points on 57.7 percent shooting in the season series against the Rockets and Klay Thompson is averaging 19.0 points. The Warriors are averaging 56.0 points in the paint (9.9 above their season average), 20.0 off turnovers and 19.3 on the fast break against the Rockets and they average a league-best 20.5 fast-break points. It’s worth noting that Golden State is 17-0 when scoring at least 22 in transition.