DeMarcus Cousins leads Golden State Warriors over Houston Rockets with dominant performance

Aubrey Yates
March 15, 2019

Following the Golden State Warriors' 106-104 win at the Houston Rockets in which he played the best game of his tenure with the team, DeMarcus Cousins compared this season to being in the middle of a soap opera.

No regular-season game means all that much for a couple of rivals that played seven games in the Western Conference finals last season.

The Warriors and the Rockets have been headed in different directions over the past 10 games.

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"We made a concerted effort to feed him in the post", Curry said.

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 handsome ball movement.

Harden sank the first to create the final margin, but missed the second only to have Iguodala chase down the rebound and tap the ball to Curry, who tossed it in the air as the final horn sounded.

With their recent struggles, the Warriors are viewing the game differently. Good thing about it is we play again on Friday.

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Harden scoffed when asked about Curry's comment. "That's why I can guard them. I'm anxious about what's in this locker room", he said before walking away.

"It's OK", Harden said when answering a question that started with how the Rockets were on a roll. Houston shook off its early season woes and has gone 31-11 since to dig out of its early hole and get within striking distance of first place as the regular season winds down.

Nor was Houston coach Mike D'Antoni, saying, "Cousins will get what Cousins gets".

The Warriors may have some disappointing losses to teams like the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns, but at the end of the day, this group of players is probably the greatest collection of talent ever assembled. 21 after having thumb surgery. Chris Paul was the Rockets' second-leading scorer with 24 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

"Everybody has been healthy so it helped our main core to be consistent in our performances and being able to communicate game after game and build off that", Capela said. He has averaged 22 points over the last five games and has made five 3-pointers in each of the last three. I'm just really thankful to [owner] Tilman Fertitta for having the faith in our team. Because you got the National Basketball Association, which is a soap opera, and then you got this team, which is right in the middle of that entire soap opera. So it's good to have multiple guys that can step up every night. Houston carries a nine-game winning streak into this matchup with Golden State and has won all three of its meetings against the reigning champs.

There will be times when it's him, James Harden, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon and Tucker on the floor.

Cousins clearly wasn't a focal point of the Rockets' defensive game plan even with Kevin Durant out because of a sprained right ankle.

"I know in the playoffs, that's gonna be big".

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