Curry hails Warriors teamwork in the absence of Durant

DeMarcus Cousins Stephen Curry Kevon Looney Warriors

When Cousins settled for a one-year deal with Golden State, a lot of folks figured he could be a solution to the Rockets' switch-intensive defensive scheme that often baited the Warriors into relying on isolation instead of their typically lovely ball movement.

In short, Cousins was as dominant as he has been since before his injury, which he suffered in the final minute of a triple-double performance last January in which he helped the New Orleans Pelicans hand Houston its first loss when the Rockets' star trio - Paul, James Harden and Clint Capela - was all healthy.

Victory for the Warriors helped prevent the Rockets taking a season-series sweep as it finished 3-1 in favour of Houston. "But having said that, with all the stuff we've gone through and all the ups and downs, and starting from 11-14 to whatever we are after that, we're in a good spot and we still have a chance to legitimately make a run for the first spot".

"This is the team we should have had all year and it just didn't materialize", coach Mike D'Antoni said.

"Whether Kevin is out here or not, I play the same way", Thompson said. "We're gonna go small, and attack that way", Rivers said.

But as some of the Rockets will say, this defeat to the Warriors (46-21) was just one loss in the big picture. "No matter how many times one beats them in the regular season, they're still the champs, and nobody knocks them off until you knock them off". But, win or not, Green wasn't anxious too much about the season series following the game.

Paul sat out from December 22-Jan.

In the 42 games since, the Rockets are 31-11 and have the second-best winning percentage in the National Basketball Association behind the Milwaukee Bucks.

While his Splash Brother continues to shoot the ball at a historic level, Stephen Curry is struggling to find a rhythm from 3-point range. He became the first player not named Harden to lead the Rockets in scoring in 43 games when the Beard got into foul trouble on Sunday night and Gordon's 26 points led the team over Dallas. The six-time All-Star was the only Warriors starter to finish the game with a positive +/-. Whether we're playing the Jazz or the Thunder, I can really show my value to this team, if I haven't already.

"When Kevin is out, we don't have the luxury of throwing to him and getting 30 points", Thompson said after the Warriors snapped the Rockets' nine-game winning streak. "This was a good night".

"Tonight, we lose by two, just because they were a little better in the details". "I knew I needed to pick it up in the second half".

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