The Warriors needed a greater dose of suffering than expected to defeat the Houston Rockets. Steve Kerr’s team beat the bottom West 105-103, and did so in an agonizing way thanks to a basket by Stephen Curry in the last moment of the game. The base, showing off his determination in the clutch, gave his team a new victory in this difficult stretch of the season for them, in which they are having trouble winning even theoretically comfortable matches like this one.
However, the Texans made it clear early on that this was not going to be an easy night for Golden State. Houston took control of the first half and managed to get ahead with some ease, even leading by 15 points before the break (37-52) and showing that if San Francisco wanted to win the match they were going to have to change things a lot.
And so it happened. Stephen Curry did not sign, much less a game to remember, but after a first half in which he only scored 6 points, the point guard took a step forward in the second and pulled his own to finish with 22 points and 12 assists , in addition to adding the basket that left the victory at the Chase Center. In said action, Steph received with 5 seconds to play and with the sticky defense of Kevin Porter Jr. on top, but with a classic step back he managed to make room to launch from 6 meters and convert a shot that blew up the pavilion.
Curry thus saved a meeting in which he had started poorly, and in which he finished as the best of his team in numerical terms despite the fact that he is having a hard time having the effectiveness of the start of the course. On this occasion, he finished with a 6/21 in field goals (28.6%), and although he is still a key man in the team’s system, there is no doubt that he can perform well above the version of these weeks . Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins, with 20 and 17 points, were their best squires, giving the Warriors just enough to win the match.
On the Rockets, six men finished with at least 10 points, a section in which the best was Christian Wood with 19, who added 15 rebounds to add a double-double to his list. Kevin Porter Jr., with 17 points and 8 assists, also finished among the most outstanding, while Kenyon Martin Jr. and Garrison Matthews led the second unit with 14 and 12 points respectively.
It was precisely Porter and Matthews who had the opportunity to tip the match on the Rockets’ side, because, with the score at 103-103, both had three-pointers that would have put their team ahead with less than half a minute to play. . However, neither of them was able to convert their attempt, which kept the tie and gave Curry a chance to decide the duel that the point guard would not miss.
(Cover photo: Lachlam Cunningham/Getty Images)