W's take 109-83 pounding in Houston


W's take 109-83 pounding in Houston


Rockets 109, Warriors 83Player of the game: Rookie small forward Chandler Parsons had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, helping the Rockets win for the seventh time in a row over Golden State in Houston.
Key stretch: The Rockets opened the second half with a 10-0 run, which pushed a 56-47 halftime lead to 19. The Rockets maintained that lead for the most part through three quarters, taking an 84-67 lead into the fourth.Im very surprised, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. We are putting high demands on guys but at the same time we expect energy and effort and for some reason collectively we did not have it. Once again, we were dominated in the paint area. Weve got to find a way to battle. I know its asking guys to do a lot but weve got to be better.Thompson struggles: One night after scoring a career-high 27 points, rookie shooting guard Klay Thompson couldnt buy much from the field.Thompson scored just 10 points in 28 minutes on 4-for-11 shooting from the field. On Wednesday, against the Hornets in New Orleans, Thompson went 11-for-24 from the field.He didnt play well, Jackson said. From the opening tap, did not play well. And with rookies youre going to get it, but Im not going to accept it and neither should he.Flagrant Nate: Warriors point guard Nate Robinson was called for a Flagrant foul on Houstons Goran Dragic early in the third quarter. The play came after Dragic had picked Robinsons pocket in the frontcourt and went downcourt for a breakaway layup with Robinson chasing.Robinson came down hard on Dragics arms and then appeared to perhaps shove Dragic on the way down. But the officials ruled that not to be the case.In fact, the call was ruled a Flagrant 2 foul on the court, which would have meant a Robinson ejection. But after review, the officials downgraded the call to Flagrant 1, allowing Robinson to remain.Scola early: Scola put on a clinic in the first quarter, and, unfortunately, David Lee took the brunt of it. Scola had 10 points and four assists, helping Houston take a 30-18 lead after a period.On the other end, Scola pestered Lee into three turnovers and three misses in four attempts. Lee gathered himself and played a nice stretch of basketball in the second quarter. He got into halftime with eight points ad three rebounds.Lee finished with 12 points and five rebounds, while Scola had 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting and seven assists.The problem is we cannot have one great win or one highly intense game and then fall asleep the next or get outworked, Jackson said. Obviously the way were going to win games is to outwork people. Weve got to be the hardest working team on the floor every single night. We cant afford not to be because were not going to out-talent people right now.No factors: Both teams were playing shorthanded and dealing with injury. The Warriors were without Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut and Andris Biedrins. The Rockets were missing Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin.

Draymond expresses distaste for Raiders' move: 'I won't attend a game'

Draymond expresses distaste for Raiders' move: 'I won't attend a game'

Having been a member of the Warriors for nearly five years, Draymond Green has become a fan of Oakland and its people.

Considering that, as well as Green’s outspoken nature, perhaps it’s not surprising he expressed profound distaste for the Raiders’ impending move to Las Vegas.

“That's crazy. I feel bad for the city of Oakland,” Green told reporters Tuesday night, after the Warriors posted a 113-106 win over the Rockets in Houston. “I don't even know how that's going to work, honestly, with a football team moving to Las Vegas. I feel bad for the city.

“If I were the fans, I wouldn't attend a game for the next two years. But that’s just me. That's ridiculous. No way I'd pay my money to attend a game.”

Though Green roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 27-year-old power forward has attended games at the Coliseum and developed relationships with members of the Raiders, a franchise established in Oakland in 1960. The team moved to Los Angeles in 1982, and returned to Oakland in 1995.

Green was 5 years old in Saginaw, Mich. when the Raiders returned to their original home in ‘95, and he, like many Bay Area Raiders fans, clearly is having trouble digesting the idea of them being based in another city.

“That's like moving the Dallas Cowboys or moving the Packers,” he said. “Moving the Raiders? You can move a lot of teams. Ain't many fan bases like the Raiders fan base. That's like moving the Boston Celtics from Boston or the Lakers from LA.

“You just don't move certain franchises with the fan base they have.”

The Raiders are the second professional team preparing to vacate Oakland. The Warriors, after all, are planning to move to San Francisco in 2019.

“It's one thing if you're moving them from Oakland to Fremont or something,” Green said of the Raiders. “To Las Vegas? I wouldn't attend a game. I won't attend a game.

“And I'm not a diehard Raiders fan, but I support the city of Oakland. It ain't for me and I feel like all fans should feel that way. You just don't do that. Come on man, that's ridiculous.”


Kerr makes NBA history with Warriors' win in Houston

Kerr makes NBA history with Warriors' win in Houston

Steve Kerr continues to re-write the record books.

The Warriors' 113-106 victory in Houston on Tuesday was Kerr's 200th win of his brief coaching career.

The milestone victory comes in just his 238th game as a head coach, making him the fastest coach to 200 career wins.

Hall of Fame Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson held the previous record at 200 wins in 270 games.

In Kerr's three seasons as the coach of the Warriors, the team has won at least 60 games each year. Before the current three-year run, the Warriors never had a 60-win season in franchise history.