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Three days after arguably the team’s worst loss of the season, DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 27 points in the Golden State Warriors’ 106-104 victory over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night.
The Warriors, coming off an embarrassing 115-111 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, entered the game without Kevin Durant, who sat out due to an ankle sprain. The Warriors lost their previous three meetings with the Rockets this season.
In arguably his best game as a Warrior so far, Cousins scored 27 points and flirted with a triple double after grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists.
Klay Thompson led all scorers with 30 points and connected on five of his 10 three-point attempts.
For the Rockets, James Harden led Houston with 29 points, and Chris Paul scored 24.
The Warriors led by double digits late in the fourth quarter, but a 9-2 Rockets run cut the Warriors lead down 104-100 with a minute left.
Chris Paul was fouled on a made layup with 10 seconds left, and hit the ensuing free throw to make it a one-point game. The Rockets then fouled Stephen Curry on the ensuing Warriors possession, and Curry made both of his free throws to push the Warriors lead up to 106-103.
On the Rockets’ final possession, the Warriors fouled James Harden with six seconds left. Harden connected on his first free throw to make it 106-104, but missed the second one. He did not appear to be trying to miss it and play for the rebound.
Andre Iguodala ran down the loose ball and got it to Curry, who threw the ball into the air as time expired.
This snaps a nine-game win streak for the Rockets, who will next play the Suns on Friday night. The Warriors will travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Saturday night.
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