National Basketball Association roundup: Warriors end Rockets' 9-game win streak

DeMarcus Cousins holds the key to one more Warriors playoff run

DeMarcus Cousins holds the key to one more Warriors playoff run

"That's what this has turned into - 'As the World Turns'".

"No I don't", he said.

"We had to throw it to Boogie (Cousins) in the post and he came through for us in a big way". I thought we used him better tonight.

"He just played probably the most complete game since he's been here", said the shooting guard. But big or small, Cousins didn't care who's was on him. "I'm anxious about what's in this locker room", he said before walking away. Inside out, upside down, whichever way you want to slice it.

So nobody wanted to jump to any grand conclusions after the Golden State Warriors held on for a 106-104 win Wednesday over the Houston Rockets, a team that has established itself over the past two seasons as the two-time defending champions' primary challengers. Golden State shot 49.4 per cent from the floor (compared to Houston's 47.4 per cent) and finished 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. The Rockets are tied with Oklahoma City for third place behind Denver. But a 16-4 run by the Rockets in the final minutes got them within one, 104-103, with 10.8 seconds to play.

"We made a lot of mistakes, but we're never going to give up". The No.4 and No.5 seed will face off in the first round, and the victor will be forced into a matchup with Golden State in the second round.

Heading into this battle at the Toyota Center, the Warriors had every reason to take the L. Having lost four of their last six games, they were without Kevin Durant and were up against a red-hot Rockets squad that had won its previous nine contests heading into this nationally televised battle between the two reigning Western Conference Finals participants.

"We've talked about it as a team many times so hopefully, on this trip, we'll get to that point".

Since the NBA All-Star break, Golden State is just 5-5 and yet to win consecutive games.

Cousins, who only made his Warriors debut in January after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, is averaging 15.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in 20 games, numbers that pale in comparison to his career averages of 21.3 and 10.9, respectively. "We tend to do better when people question us and even when we question ourselves". Former Heat guard Wayne Ellington added 11 points. Durant missed the game with a sprained right ankle. Eric Gordon added 17 points while the Houston bench, which played a significant role in a victory over Charlotte on Monday, produced just 18 points. The Rockets know the Warriors. Durant proudly waited in the tunnel to greet his teammates and give them a hug on the way back to the locker room. He joined Curry as the only players in National Basketball Association history to have seven straight seasons with 200 3-pointers.

Harden recorded a double-double after he scored 29 points, three rebounds and 10 assists in front of his home fans.

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