After beating up the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder by a combined margin of 56 points, the Golden State Warriors took down the Houston Rockets 125-108 on Friday night to conclude their most impressive week yet.
Closer look at the squad’s win in Houston tonight ? pic.twitter.com/TynMXz8EsV
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) January 21, 2017
“I think it was our best week of the season because I think we’ve gotten better each time we stepped on the floor this week and that’s what’s most important,” Draymond Green told reporters in Houston.
Green recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks after posting a triple-double against the Cavs and a double-double the Thunder.
“It’s not about blasting these three teams,” Green added. “It’s about getting better and trying to reach our end goal. And in order to do that, you have to get better each and every time you step on the floor.”
On a night when all five starters found themselves in double figures, Kevin Durant went for a game-high 32. Durant was once again the model of efficiency, going 12-for-19 from the field and ending the week with 93 points in 97 minutes against the Cavs, Thunder and Rockets as he shot 67 percent.
With David West out with a fractured left thumb, the seldom-used James Michael McAdoo contributed 8 points in 12 minutes.
“He’s sat on the bench all year, hardly played, but he works his tail off every day,” head coach Steve Kerr said of the reserve big man. “He’s a leader. He’s one of our leaders with our team, which sounds kind of strange because he’s a young guy who hardly ever plays, but our players, his teammates, recognize his strength of character. So, that’s why we love having him on the team.”
After watching a 14-point second-quarter lead shrink to five points at the break, the Dubs punished their hosts in the third quarter.
Entering the night, the team owned the best third-quarter plus/minus in the league at +235. Against the Rockets, the Warriors were +15, pushing the score to 99-79 by the start of the fourth.
“We’ve had a lot of games where maybe we’ve been a little bit scattered in the first half and then we’ve locked in in the third quarter. Maybe that explains the number,” Kerr said.
The Rockets were scattered from long range throughout the night, missing all 10 triples they took in the third and ending the game 7-for-35 from beyond the arc — a shockingly poor showing for a team that led the NBA with 14.8 3-pointers per game at the outset of the contest.
“You definitely want those guys off the line and I think we did a pretty good job of it. They still heaved quite a few,” Green said. “But at the end of the day we did a pretty good job of guarding them.”