Instant Replay: Warriors grind out OT win over Rockets

Instant Replay: Warriors grind out OT win over Rockets
February 20, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Stephen Curry scored 20 points after halftime as the Warriors snapped Houston's eight-game win streak. (USATSI)

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OAKLAND – At the end, both teams were gasping for air, praying for strength and on the edge of collapse.

And somehow the Warriors found the will to outlast the Rockets, taking a 102-99 overtime victory before a sellout crowd Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry (25) and David Lee (28) combined for 53 points to lead the Warriors. Klay Thompson and Jordan Crawford each finished with 12 points, and Andre Iguodala added 11.

Both teams were coming off winning efforts on Wednesday night, the Warriors in Sacramento and the Rockets against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

Once again, the Warriors (33-22) followed their defense, which limited Houston (37-18) to 36.6 percent shooting from the field. The Warriors were outrebounded (60-49) and shot only 39.8 percent themselves.

James Harden led the Rockets with a game-high 39 points.

The victory snapped Houston's eight-game win streak and allowed the Warriors to avoid being swept in the three-game season series.

Steve Blake made his Warriors debut, making his first shot, a 3-pointer, and finishing with 3 points on 1-of-5 shooting.

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STANDOUT PERFORMER: Curry carried most of the water in the second half and in overtime, scoring 20 points after the break. During the clutch moments, he was the Warriors' most efficient player.

Lee submitted perhaps his manliest game of the season. Without Bogut and with O'Neal wrestling with Howard, the Warriors needed somebody to play big. Lee did, especially early, repeatedly punishing the Rockets in the paint. He also grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds.

TURNING POINT: With the Warriors up 96-95 and 23 seconds left, Chandler Parson drove for what would have been an easy go-ahead dunk – and O'Neal summoned all he could from his 35-year-old wheels and blocked it at the rim.

Curry made a pair of free throws shortly thereafter, pushing the lead to 98-95. He added two more to seal the victory.

INJURY UPDATE: C Andrew Bogut (left shoulder inflammation) missed his sixth consecutive game.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors on Saturday night play host to the Nets, completing their two-game season series. Brooklyn won the first meeting on Jan. 8. Jason Kidd, who was raised in Oakland and led St. Joseph High School (Alameda) to back-to-back state championships in 1991 and '92, will be making his hometown debut as Nets coach.

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