"It was a good game for us, we didn't come out with the win but [it's a] learning experience".
The Rockets took the Warriors to seven games in last season's Western Conference Finals.
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Cousins, signed as an injured free agent in July, has had to blend with the Warriors powerhouse lineup since returning in January from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Harden had 29 points and 10 assists for the Rockets, but shot just 2 of 12 on 3-pointers. Durant missed the game with a sprained right ankle.
Eric Gordon was asked if he believes the Warriors see the Rockets as their foremost challenger. However, the Warriors ended up winning by two, 106-104.
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Thompson his five treys in this game to give him 203 on the season.
Paul sank two free throws with 47 seconds remaining to pull Houston within 104-100, then completed a three-point play after being fouled by Andre Iguodala to pull the Rockets within 104-103 with 10 seconds remaining.
Golden State had a seven-point lead to start the fourth and scored the first seven points of the period, highlighted by a 3 from Thompson, to push the lead to 92-78. The Dubs (46-21) are now one-and-a-half games clear of the Nuggets for the best record in the Western Conference. They knocked down just 11 of 41 3-point attempts, with Harden, Paul and PJ Tucker combining to go just 5-for-25.
Cousins compared the season with his new team to being in the middle of a soap opera. Curry had five points in that stretch.
To put the Rockets' season in perspective consider that they were 11-14 at their lowest point this season just before Harden's 30-point scoring streak began.
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"Sometimes you don't learn a lot when you win", said Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni. Houston converted the two-way contract of Danuel House into a standard National Basketball Association contract. "We won nine in a row. you kind of let go of the rope a little bit or we make some mistakes that we've been getting away with maybe against some of the teams we have been playing over the last few weeks. And we just gotta figure some things out and do a better job". He finished the night with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Despite the Warriors best efforts, they were able to weather the storm of their best runs throughout the game. The Rockets will have Thursday night off but take on the Phoenix Suns at home Friday night.