Green's public support appeared to help lift Cousins in Golden State's 106-104 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, as the latter big man scored a season-high 27 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists.
Klay Thompson (30 points) and Stephen Curry (24 points) handled things seamlessly in the backcourt with a combined 8-of-19 mark from three-point range. He averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games with New Orleans.
Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins celebrates a basket against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Clint Capela posted a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds) but struggled to defend Cousins on the block.
It wasn't quite as bad as Game 7 of last year's Western Conference finals, but the Rockets' 3-point well ran dry again on Wednesday.
Eric Gordon added 17 points while the Houston bench, which played a significant role in the victory over Charlotte on Monday, produced just 18 points. The Warriors have seemingly been complacent for a good part of the season, yet still hold the No. 1 seed in the West and appear to rise to the challenge whenever they decide to up the effort. "When it comes to smaller guards, I think I can guard them better than anyone in the league".
At the same time, the reigning two-time champs also have a tendency to turn on the energy whenever they feel like it in order to reassert their dominance over the rest of the league.
The Rockets still have a lot on the line with the regular season winding down.
"Whether Kevin is out here or not, I play the same way", Thompson said.
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He next will take on 13th-ranked Russian Karen Khachanov , who beat world number nine John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (7/1). Afterwards, in a clear indication of her confidence, Andreescu said: "For me, the sky's the limit".
What's deeply important about that performance is Kerr made some adjustments to the Warriors' style to fit what Cousins can do.
Houston coach Mike D'Antoni indeed bemoaned that his team made too many mistakes and said this should be something that will help the Rockets more than just by watching film.
As Beyonce, a Houston native, sang on "6 Inch", (although not at all related to sports) "Come back, come back, come back".
"We weren't going to out score them, we had to buckle down and get stops and just try and control the tempo of the game as much as we could". "This was a good night". But to suggest that one of the 29 other teams has what it takes to corral this historic juggernaut at its best is foolish.
"I mean, I was getting wide-open looks from his passing ability".
Golden State had a seven-point lead to start the fourth and scored the first seven points of the period, highlighted by a 3 from Thompson, to push the lead to 92-78.
Paul sank two free throws with 47 seconds remaining to pull Houston within 104-100, then completed a three-point play after being fouled by Andre Iguodala to pull the Rockets within 104-103 with 10 seconds remaining. "Tonight was definitely a good learning lesson for us, and we will definitely learn from it".