However, it was the last meeting of the season between the two, meaning we likely won't see them face off until the Western Conference Finals - should they both get there. "As we're getting healthy, we've got to get back to the things that we need to do best", Gordon said.
Added Harden, who hit a dagger stepback 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining: "We're confident". Houston general manager Daryl Morey has made no secret about his obsession with making up ground on Golden State, whose only postseason-series loss in the past three seasons was to the in the 2016 NBA Finals. Everyone launched threes, Houston shot more free throws, almost doubled the rebounding split but still went into halftime with a 17-point lead cut to seven. Warriors coach Steve Kerr had anxious about the Rockets' offensive rebounding, but the Rockets rank 18th in second-chance points, averaging 12.1 per game. "But we didn't deserve to win tonight". "Playoffs? We can't even start thinking about that, not the way we're playing right now", James said after the game. "Can't get away with it".
Houston coach Mike D'Antoni raved about the performance of the 32-year-old Paul.
Six different players scored in double figures to help Utah win for just the sixth time in its last 22 games.
"I thought we could have got a better shot then", Green said in reference to that offensive sequence. "I have to take responsibility for that one, because it was pretty bad".
The team was ecstatic to be completing this five-game, cold-weather road trip, the final extended trip of the season.
The Rockets have had a lot of injuries and up and down moments this year, but they're starting to put the pieces back together.
Harden played 26 minutes Thursday against the Timberwolves in what was his first game since suffering the hamstring strain, and it looks like he came out of the contest without any lingering issues. He had eight assists, two steals and two blocks Saturday. With Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green serving the second game of their suspensions, the Rockets offense was relying heavily on Paul and Harden and Clint Capela finishing inside.
The Rockets out-rebounded Golden state 46-33 and led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter en route to the win in a marquee match up of the two highest-scoring teams in the league. A couple of minutes into the fourth Young gave Golden State the lead, 96-94.
Playing without leading scorer Jimmy Butler, the Wolves managed to overcome Towns' early foul trouble and hot perimeter shooting by the Raptors to snap a two-game skid.
Clint Capela added 18 points and Luc Mbah a Moute 14 for Houston, which claimed the season series over the Warriors. "They're playing harder on the defensive side of the ball".
Warriors: Host the Knicks on Tuesday night.