What you need to know from the Warriors’ first road loss in 3 months

The Golden State Warriors’ 14-game road winning streak came to an end on Saturday night, as the reigning champs’ second-half rally fizzled in the 116-108 loss to the Houston Rockets.

On a night when the Warriors couldn’t close out their trip with a win and the Splash Brothers couldn’t buy a bucket, here’s what you need to know…

History was lost.
A win over the Rockets, the No. 2 team in the West, spoiled the Warriors’ chances at winning a 15th consecutive road game, which would have set a franchise record.

Even with the disappointing loss, which featured a mini-collapse — Houston outscored the Warriors 14-4 down the stretch — the Warriors should still be plenty pleased with the 4-1 trip.

All those turnovers really hurt
. Head coach Steve Kerr hates two things: traveling and turnovers. Against the Rockets, the Warriors were far too careless, racking up 19 turnovers, which lead to 23 points for the hosts. Stephen Curry (6), Draymond Green (5) and Kevin Durant (4) were the primary culprits.

Klay Thompson had a terrible night and Curry’s wasn’t much better. For long stretches, it was easy to forget that Thompson was even playing on Saturday night. Thompson scored a season-low eight points, connecting on 3-of-11 shots from the field and 2-of-5 from distance. For what it’s worth, the only other time Thompson scored in single digits this year was Nov. 22 at Oklahoma City — the last time the Warriors had lost on the road.

Curry had those six turnovers and was 6-for-20 from the field and 5-for-15 from beyond the arc.

The Splash Bros combined to shoot 29 percent (9-for-31) — in what was a very uncharacteristic night to end an impressive trip.

There wouldn’t have even been a rally if the Warriors hadn’t weathered the Rockets’ first-half storm in such impressive fashion. James Harden hit a trio of 3-pointers in the opening two minutes. The Rockets dropped 40 points in the first half. Curry began the night 3-for-12 from the field and 2-for-9 from 3-point range. Thompson, at least offensively, was a ghost, scoring five points on four shots.

Despite all that, the Warriors managed to head into the break trailing by a manageable 7-point deficit, 65-58.

After the Rockets pushed the lead to 17 — 64-47 —  at the 2:54 mark, the Warriors found some of their patented third-quarter magic, closing on an 11-1 run.

That burst before the break was what allowed the Warriors to even have a chance at tracking down the Rockets.

Nick Young was the best Warrior on the night
. It’s a rare game — and not a good sign — when Young, the sharp-shooting reserve, is the top performer. While many of his teammates wobbled in the finale of the road swing, Young was rolling.

In 18 minutes, the wing scored 16 points, going 6-for-10 from the field and 4-for-7 on 3-pointers.

Kevon Looney is going to be important in the absence of Jordan Bell.
With the rookie big man out for at least a couple of weeks with ankle inflammation, Looney is poised to be a key rotation player.

Bell’s injury coincides with what has been a highly productive road spell for Looney. The 21-year-old was the first big off the bench and after going +3 in 13 minutes, he caps the trip having delivered quality performances — and double-digit minutes — in all five games on the road.

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