|Date of game: 12/10/2014
Recap: Golden State vs. Houston
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors clamped down defensively in the fourth quarter to extend their franchise-record winning streak.
Stephen Curry had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Klay Thompson added 21 points and the Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 105-93 on Wednesday night, upping their streak to 14 games.
Golden State outscored Houston 32-17 in the fourth, holding the Rockets to just 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from the floor in the period.
"The last six or seven minutes we had tremendous effort from everyone on the floor," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Harrison Barnes posted 20 points and seven boards for the Warriors, who improved to an NBA-best 19-2 on the season.
"He was fantastic tonight," Kerr said. "Made some big shots for us. He's so quick and strong. The defensive versatility gives us a lot of flexibility."
Andrew Bogut missed the game due to knee tendinitis.
James Harden supplied 34 points, eight rebounds, four helpers and four steals for Houston, which had won seven of its last eight games coming in.
"They broke us down and converted," Harden said. "They're a very good team. They played very well in the fourth quarter."
Dwight Howard missed his 10th straight game due to a knee strain.
Harden tied the game at 89-89 with 4:45 left after knocking down a step-back 3-pointer, but the Warriors closed the game on a 16-4 run, including 11 straight points following the Harden triple.
Draymond Green jumpstarted the surge with an emphatic dunk off a Curry feed and Green returned the favor a bit later when his steal and dish led to a Curry left-handed reverse for a 98-89 advantage with 2:59 to go.
Curry's pull-up left wing trey with 55 ticks remaining capped the scoring.
Earlier, Houston hit 10 of its first 13 shots as it built a 24-16 lead before settling for a 30-23 spread following a quarter of play.
The margin reached 11 early in the second following Donatas Motiejunas' turnaround hook shot, but Golden State ripped off the next nine points. Thompson's pull-up jumper pulled the Warriors within 36-34.
Harden sunk a pair of foul shots in the final second of the half and tied the game at 46-46 heading into the break. His last second tip-in to conclude the third staked Houston to a 76-73 edge going into the fourth.Game Notes
Curry, who came in 2-of-12 from beyond the arc in his last two games, was 3-
of-5 from downtown ... Golden State improved to 8-1 at home this year, while
Houston fell to 8-2 on the road ... Golden State was 17-of-20 from the foul