A knee injury will keep Dwight Howard sidelined for a while longer: http://t.co/gNdBPYfGIG #Rockets @SportsBlogRT pic.twitter.com/YwcDBS0xSfThe two teams met November 8th, both undefeated, and the Warriors won 98-87.
— Sports Injury Alert (@SprtsInjryAlert) December 9, 2014
While Howard was sidelined, the Warriors dominated inside and outscored Houston 56-32 in the paint. Center Andrew Bogut grabbed 18 rebounds.
Steve Kerr spoke about the Rockets without Howard:
They're obviously a different team without Dwight. You don't have to worry about the roll man on James' pick-and-roll stuff, which is why we were able to stay with him.Houston was also missing their defensive-minded starting point guard Patrick Beverley, who is in the lineup tonight. Rockets head coach Kevin McHale acknowledged they'll certainly need him tonight:
It's huge to have Pat back. Pat's gonna have his hands full. ... [Golden State's guards] give you a lot of hard looks with their ability to get into the paint and make the three.
Don't miss the next big moment. #Warriors go for 14-straight W's tomorrow vs @HoustonRockets » http://t.co/DSzTiQ7xCX pic.twitter.com/40KDgIPGGNStephen Curry scored 13 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, shot 13-of-19 from the field and nailed six three pointers.
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) December 10, 2014
Golden State averages 48.1 percent shooting from the field, the third best in the league; And the team shoots 37.7 percent from three, fourth best in the league.
Houston has been 7-3 through their last 10 games, nine without Howard. They have been impressive thus far, as they've maintained an .800 record, going 16-4.
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