Warriors down Rockets for 42nd straight home win
OAKLAND, California (The Sports Xchange) - Forward Harrison Barnes scored 10 of his 19 points during a 17-5 run to open the fourth quarter as the Golden State Warriors exploded from a tie after three periods into a 123-110 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.
Point guard Stephen Curry poured in 35 points, his 23rd game with 30 or more this season, helping the Warriors (47-4) win their 10th in a row, each of which they led by at least 15 points.
Curry shot 12-for-24 for the Warriors, who improved to 24-0 at home this season with their 42nd consecutive victory at Oracle Arena.
Golden State's biggest lead Monday came early -- 38-22 in the 11th minute of the game -- before the Rockets rallied behind a game-high 37 points from shooting guard James Harden.
Houston scored the first eight points of the second half to go ahead for the first time, taking as much as a 74-69 advantage.
The game was tied at 93-all before Barnes sparked the game-deciding spurt.
Held to two points through three periods, Barnes followed a 3-pointer by supersub Andre Iguodala with a 3-pointer of his own, pushing Golden State into a six-point lead and prompting a quick Houston timeout.
The lead was 103-96 before Barnes nailed a fadeaway, turned a drive into a three-point play and buried a jumper in a personal seven-point flurry that gave Golden State a 110-98 cushion to massage to the finish.
Barnes finished with 19 points, 17 of which came in the fourth quarter on 7-for-8 shooting. Continued...