The Houston Rockets picked up a big upset win on Saturday night thanks to the on-court skills of Chris Paul. The multiple-time NBA All-Star was instrumental in his team’s road victory over the Golden State Warriors, 118-112.
As ESPN reported, the Rockets were without their leading scorer James Harden for the latest game, which seemed to put the odds against them. Harden, who is averaging over 36 points a game, was listed as out due to illness. However, Chris Paul stepped up to score 23 points in the game and gave out 17 assists to his teammates. In addition, Eric Gordon hit four three-point shots as part of his 25 points in the latest victory.
Kenneth Faried and PJ Tucker each had double-doubles as well. Farid, who is one of the newest members of the roster, scored 20 points and had 10 boards. PJ Tucker scored 18 points and grabbed 10 boards as well. Clint Cappela finished with eight points and 15 rebounds.
The Golden State Warriors were still in the game with about 1:27 to go. Stephen Curry hit two free throws which made the deficit just four points. However, the Rockets answered back with their own free throws to ultimately seal the win. Kevin Durant finished with 29 points, while Curry had 25 points including five three-pointers.
The game also featured an exit for Draymond Green in the fourth quarter. The former NBA All-Star stepped on teammate DeMarcus Cousins’ foot at one point and had to leave with a sprained ankle. There weren’t any immediate updates on his condition after the game had ended. Teammate Steph Curry commented, “I’m assuming it’s not anything serious,” based on the fact Draymond was “in good spirits,” though.
The latest victory helped the Houston Rockets move to 34-25 for their season and 5-5 over their last 10 games. Houston is currently fifth overall in the West standings and a game above the No. 6 team, the Utah Jazz. They’ll be back in action on Monday (Feb. 25) when they host the Atlanta Hawks. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. Central Time (8 p.m. Eastern Time).
With this recent loss, the Golden State Warriors dropped to 42-17 overall and 7-3 in their last 10 games. They still the lead second-place Western Conference team, the Denver Nuggets, by 1.5 games. Golden State’s next game is on Monday night when they visit the Charlotte Hornets at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.