On the way to the playoffs, there will be certain games that a team looks back on as turning points in their season, for good or bad. Come April, Golden State may look at their Thursday 102-99 overtime win against Houston as that turning point.
The Warriors (33-22) came out with purpose and focus, battling on both ends of the floor against the Rockets (37-18). During the 3rd quarter, the Warriors were looking to blow the doors open as they flirted with a double digit lead. James Harden single handedly ensured that wouldn’t happen, as he lead the charge for the Rockets with 39 points on 14 of 27 shots.
In the fourth quarter, it almost looked like the Warriors had let this one slip away, as the virtuoso Harden made a driving layup and the foul and a beautiful step back jumper on consecutive plays to give Houston a two point lead. Curry was able to answer with a beautiful floater of his own off of an Andre Iguodala assist.
Getting to overtime had taken a lot of will, and the Warriors were not going to yield. Both Curry and Iguodala lead the way, and Golden State came away with a much need home win. Curry finished with 25 points, but the stellar play of David Lee can not be forgotten, finishing with 28 points on 50% shooting with 14 rebounds.
“We executed, we got exactly what we wanted…just a big time win for us,” said coach Jackson after the game.
The Warriors look to keep the momentum going against the Brooklyn Nets Friday night in Oakland.