Unlike the Rockets season opening loss to Denver on Wednesday night, the Rockets played with energy at Toyota Center Friday night, unfortunately they played the Golden State Warriors and shot just 36 percent in a 112-92 loss.
Houston started strong and led by five early, but Harrison Barnes’ layup with .6 seconds left gave the Warriors a 30-29 lead after 12 mintues, and they opened the second with an 8-1 run. The Rockets whittled that lead down to three, but the Warriors ran off 13 in a row, and led 57-44 at halftime.
After with just over four minutes to play in the third quarter, the Rockets missed seven straight shots, and the Warriors scored the final eight points of the quarter.
James Harden finished with 16 points, but was just 4-of-18 from the field, hitting just 1-of-10 attempts from behind the 3-point line. Ty Lawson and Trevor Ariza scored 11 apiece, but combined to hit 5-of-17 shots.
In his season debut, Dwight Howard scored nine points, and grabbed seven rebounds, but was limited to 22 minutes because of fouls.
Montrezl Harrell was a bright spot for the Rockets early, hitting his first five shots after coming off the bench. He finished with 13 points on eight shots.
Stephen Curry’s 25 points led the Warriors. He knocked four threes, just one fewer than the Rockets, though he needed 13 fewer tries.
The loss drops the Rockets to 0-2 on the season, making them the first team in NBA history to start a season with two straight 20-point losses at home. On Sunday, they’ll play the front end of a back-to-back in Miami, with the back end coming Monday at Toyota Center Against Oklahoma City.