WHAT A GAME!
Rockets come to play, upset star-studded Warriors in Oakland
In what has to be the NBA's best game this season to date, the Rockets punched a league juggernaut right in the mouth. James Harden (29 points, 15 assists, 13 rebounds) posted a triple-double and had tremendous help from his teammates as the Rockets stunned the Golden State Warriors 132-127 in double overtime Thursday night in Oakland. The win snaps an 8-game slide against the Warriors, ends the Warriors 12-game win streak this season and hands them only their third loss this season (16-3). The Rockets made it clear from the word 'go' that this was not the same team that the Warriors have been wiping their feet off on the past couple of seasons. Ryan Anderson scored a team-high 29 points and Eric Gordon was fantastic off the bench, scoring 23. There were plenty of heroes, including a couple of second-year players in Montrezl Harrell (13 points, 10 boards) and Sam Dekker (11 points, eight rebounds) that made huge impacts, playing down the stretch in key moments. Patrick Beverley was just 1-6 from the field, but he was a +21 in his 29 minutes, an indication of the kind of impact he had. After banging our heads watching the Rockets try to hang with Golden State the past few years, this was so rewarding and made staying up until 1:00 AM well worth the time.