Warriors down Rockets for 42nd straight home win

Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:19am EST
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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...

February 9, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) shoots the basketball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 123-110. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports