Big Third Quarter Helps Warriors Rout Rockets

Friday night at Toyota Center, the Golden State Warriors took a 5-point halftime lead and turned into 20 at the end of the third quarter in a 125-108 win over the Rockets.

Houston trailed by as many 14 in the first half, but clawed to within a bucket only to see Stephen Curry hit a 25-foot step-back three over Clint Capela to end the first half, and the Warriors hot shooting continued after the break.

The Warriors outscored the Rockets 12-4 in the second half’s first three minutes, and after the Rockets scored the next four points, Golden State pushed the lead to 20 with a 17-6 run. Curry hit a pair of threes in that stretch, while Klay Thompson drained the triple that pushed the lead to 20, which was where the lead sat at the end of the quarter.

The Rockets scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get any closer.

Kevin Durant’s 32 points led all scorers. Curry added 24 as the Warriors improve to 37-6 on the season.

In his third game back from a fractured fibula, Clint Capela led the Rockets with a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds.

James Harden added 17 points and 11 assists, but he could only manage five free throw attempts and couldn’t connect from behind the 3-point line, a theme for the Rockets.

They made two of their first three from long distance, but knocked down 5-of-32 after that. Patrick Beverley hit 3-of-4, finishing with 13 points.

The loss drops the Rockets to 33-13 on the season.

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