The Golden State Warriors overcame a 39-16 free-throw discrepancy and a Draymond Green injury scare on Tuesday at the Toyota Center, taking down the Houston Rockets, 113-106, on the front end of the club’s Texas back-to-back.
“I was really impressed with our guys’ guts when things went south,” head coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the Warriors upped their record to 60-14. “Draymond gets hurt. We had to change our rotation up. They had all the momentum and our guys stepped it up and it was a hell of a win.”
Less than two minutes in the second half, Green got tangled up with Clint Capela, leading him to shout in pain before limping off into the locker room with a trainer.
“When it first happened, it was throbbing really bad,” Green told reporters of the injury which the team called a left ankle tweak. “So, you always think it’s a little bit worse than what it is, but then the pain starts to settle down.”
Green, who snatched nine rebounds and three steals while dishing out four points and pouring in 19 points, said he expects to play against San Antonio on Wednesday night, barring any setbacks. The visit to the AT&T Center marks the sixth time in as many trips that the Warriors visit the San Antonio Spurs home building on the backside of a back-to-back.
“It doesn’t seem like that’s on accident,” Green said. “So, it is what it is.”
“That just doesn’t happen,” Green added. “So, I don’t know, but we’re trying to go in and trying to get a win. Everyone plays back-to-backs in the NBA.”
Thanks in part to a game-high 32-point showing from Stephen Curry, the Warriors enter their meeting with the Spurs commanding a 2.5-game advantage for the top spot in the West.
Curry, who found himself in foul trouble throughout the game, sank the dagger with 1:46 left on the clock. Having missed eight of 10 triples to that point, Curry drained a 26-footer over Capela to give the Dubs a 110-99 advantage.
The win also gives Kerr his 200th regular-season victory of his career, making him the fastest coach in professional sports history to hit that milestone.
“I know how lucky I am,” Kerr said, deflecting credit away from his accomplishment. “Most first-time coaches don’t inherit Steph Curry and Draymond Green and Andre [Iguodala] and Klay [Thompson] and all these guys. I inherited a hell of a team.”