KXSF Sports: GSW vs HOU, Pregame Preview + Live Game Notes!
Written by Sam Pasco on February 20, 2020
It was all Houston tonight, as the Rockets defeat the Warriors to a final score of 135 to 105. On 60’s night Harden, Covington and House Jr combine for 60 points while Westbrook added a 21 point double-double and journeyman Jeff Green contributed 17 points off the bench.
Although the Warriors beat the Rockets in their last matchup, the Dubs just didn’t have the magic tonight – a big reason being that they allowed both Harden and Westbrook to show their All-Star ability. Both had 10 assists and Harden was 14 of 15 from the charity stripe. On the Warriors side, Andrew Wiggins started slowly with only 10 points at the half but finished with 22 points and three rebounds and two blocks. The Warriors as a team shot only 21.2% (7/33) from three, and at the half, they were even worse, making only one of their 14 attempted threes.
Despite the early dominance by the Rockets, this game was entertaining due to the abundance of technical fouls. Four total T’s were handed out, three going against Houston (Westbrook, House Jr., Westbrook), and the last of which led to Russell Westbrook’s ejection.
One bright spot for the Warriors tonight was again production from their rookies: Poole, Paschall, and Bowman combined for 39 points and 16 rebounds. This season, the rookies have averaged 25.4 points per game, trailing only Memphis (29.3) and Miami (28.1) in the NBA this season in that category.
The Warriors’ next game will be on Sunday against Lonzo, Zion, and the Pelicans.
One Big Stat
- Warriors Turnovers: 21
- Rockets Turnovers: 14
Coach Kerr Postgame LIVE
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Live Game Notes:
- Dubs win the tip, get out to a quick 4-3 lead
- At the first break, the Dubs are down 13-4 –> every Houston starter has already attempted a three (3-5 collectively)
- Dubs building some momentum, but still down 26-11 at the 5-minute mark
- Chriss with a technical, second of the evening (Westbrook with a T at 7:38 mark), Rockets up 32-11
- Juan with a dunk, Ky with a monster SWAT on Westbrook, but Dubs still down 38-17 at the end of the first quarter
- Shooting woes
- Rockets 8-12 from three, Dubs 0-6 from three
- Rockets from the field: 50%, Dubs from the field 42.1%
- Poole with a nice jumper, first points of the night.
- Harden 5-6 from the charity stripe, 11 points; Westbrook with 13 points on 6-11 shooting
- Not looking pretty: Dubs leading scorer is Poole/Paschall at 5 points apiece
- PJ Tucker, with 13 minutes played so far, is already at 15 points and is perfect (5-5) from beyond the arc.
- Leading scorer: Dubs – Wiggins with 10 points, Rockets – Westbrook 17. Tucker + Harden combining for 31 points
- Dubs shooting a measly 7.1% from beyond the arc (1/14 from 3PT)
- Poole just did the Harden step back on Harden, but missed wide right.
- 3rd technical foul of the night is on Danuel House Jr., Poole shoots the shots
- Poole with his second three of the night (2-6 from 3PT), 11 points
- Chase Center boo’s the ref’s foul call on Damion Lee, call being challenged
- Man from SF wins MGM Resorts contest – matches all player cards correctly
- Challenge was unsuccessful
- Wiggins subbed out, has now scored in double digits in 65 straight games
- Covington, acquired in four-team trade on 2/6, is 5-10 from three with 20 points
Harden free throw attempts vs #DubNation this season:
- 11/6 – 14 of 15, Rockets W
- 12/25 – 0 of 1, Rockets L
- 2/20 – 14 of 15*, Rockets __*so far
- Coming into tonight, Marquese Chriss was shooting 63.4% from the field over his last 11 games (averaging 14 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in that span). Tonight Chriss, starting, has played 18 minutes, scored 10 points, hauled in 5 rebounds and has 2 assists (through 3 quarters)
109 – 77, Houston
- Austin Rivers has 0 points and 3 rebounds, so that’s something *shrug*
- Wait nevermind Rivers just scored on a driving layup, now has 2 points
- Wiggins driving and spinning with grit and a nice put back to give him 22 points
- Rivers hit a three, bringing his total points to 5; now he just drove for a layup – 7 points
- Westbrook chirping at the Warriors bench and Chase Center is boo’ing LOUDLY – delay of game call on Houston
- WESTBROOK JUST GOT EJECTED OH MY
- 4th technical of the night given to Westbrook
- Wiggins with 2 blocks tonight after a career-high 4 blocks vs #RisePHX in his last game (prior to All-Star Break)
- W-516059 is the winning 50/50 Raffle number, winning over $8k
Warriors are back in action after the All-Star break to face off against a competitive Houston (15-12 Road) team tonight. Tonight’s game vs. Houston is the first game of a four-game homestand against western conference teams.
- Houston (34-20) sits atop the Southwest Division but has Dallas closely trailing them by only a game and a half.
- Warriors remain the NBA’s worst team by record, sitting at 12-43, a whopping 30 games back of the Lakers in the Division.
The Warriors lost the first meeting of the season against the Rockets back in November, but the Dubs were able to pull off a Christmas miracle upset against Houston in their last meeting. In that game, four Warriors scored 18 or more points while the defense held the Rockets to 36 total second-half points. That game also served as the third straight victory in what would turn out to be a four-game Warriors winning streak, the longest this entire season.
After a great deal of turnover during the trade deadline, the Dubs are now led by Andrew Wiggins, who is averaging 23 points per game as a Warrior. While generally considered a bust in most NBA circles, Wiggins actually ranks 18th in the NBA in scoring (22.5 ppg) and has scored in double figures in a career-high 64 consecutive games (including all 45 games played in this season). On defense, Wiggins has been stepping up: he had 4 blocks in the Dubs’ last game at Pheonix prior to the All-Star Break, a career-high mark.
Player 2 Watch 4 – Eric Paschall – Paschall was selected to play in the 2020 Rising Stars Game (Feb 14th), where he scored a team-high 23 points (10-13 FG, 1-1 3P, 2-3 FT) off the bench to help Team USA to a 151-131 victory.
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Stat of the game:
- 27 – The Warriors have deployed 27 unique starting lineups this season. Last season, the Warriors used 20 total unique starting lineups. 27 starting lineups were also used in the entire 2017-18 season.
At Chase Center:
- The Warriors are celebrating 60’s Night, honoring the Warriors’ legends Al Attles and Tom Meschery
- Al Attles will take part in the Cable Car Bell Ringing (a new tradition at Chase Center, the bell will be rung by various Warriors fans, guests and celebrities throughout the season)
- All fans will receive a splash towel presented by State Farm
- Warriors Poster Series
- Tonight’s poster is designed for 60’s Night and highlights the traditions of the Fillmore’s psychedelic rock posters of the era. The textures and the expressions lettering tied it to the visual history of the ’60s in San Francisco
- Mike D’Antoni (dan-TONE-ee)
- Danuel House Jr. (DAN-u-elle)
- Thabo Sefolosha (TAH-bow-sef-a-LOW-sha)