The Rockets hoped to be "cold-blooded" against the Warriors on Tuesday in a matchup of Western Conference contenders, but James Harden and Houston were just plain cold.
Houston was unable to dig itself out of an early 19-point hole in a 113-106 loss to Golden State as Harden had a poor shooting night despite registering his 20th triple-double of the season. The MVP candidate was just 5 of 20 from the field, including 1 of 9 from beyond the arc. His teammate Trevor Ariza was also cold from the floor, going 4 of 10 from the field with also just one 3-pointer made.
Stephen Curry led the way with 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists while fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson scored 25. Draymond Green, who briefly exited with a leg injury, added 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Warriors won their eighth straight game.
The Rockets will look for payback when facing the Warriors again on Friday for the second time in four days.
Stud of the night
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Timberwolves upset the Pacers 115-114 in Indianapolis despite 37 points, seven rebounds and four steals from Paul George.
Dud of the night
Hornets guard Nic Batum, who has been dealing with migraines of late, scored just five points on 2-of-9 shooting in 29 minutes in a 10-point home loss to the Bucks. His teammate Marvin Williams didn’t fare much better, registering a minus-18 and making just one field goal.
Warriors (60-14) at Spurs (57-16), 9:30 p.m. ET — Following Tuesday’s win, the Warriors will take on another Western Conference contender in the Spurs. San Antonio demolished the Cavaliers on Monday and trail Golden State by just 2 1/2 games for the top seed in the West.