NBA -- Warriors start title defense with 104-78 rout over Rockets
By Jason Aniel
Sun, 17 Apr 2016
OAKLAND ?The top-ranked Golden State Warriors opened their NBA title defense with a dominating 104-78 romp over the Houston Rockets on Sunday afternoon at the Oracle Arena.
Patrick Beverley of the eight-seeded Rockets played physical on Steph Curry but the reigning NBA MVP still sizzled with 24 points. Curry, however, tweaked his ankle in the first half and was sidelined the rest of the way, logging just 19 minutes and 49 seconds on the floor.
Without Curry, whose status for Game 2 is questionable, the rest of the Warriors went to work. Klay Thompson pumped in 16 points while Draymond Green had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Marreese Speights added 12 more points for the Warriors, who shot 39 of 91 from the field and 10 of 25 from 3-point range.
James Harden led the Rockets with 17 points but the All-Star guard was held to just 7-of-19 from the field and did not attempt a free throw. Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds but no other Rocket scored in double figures.
"You lose the MVP of the NBA it definitely changes your team. There's some concern," Green told NBA.com after the Warriors took a 1-0 lead.
Game 2 returns Monday night at the Oracle Arena.
Click here to view a list of other articles written by Jason Aniel.
|Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:|
Rising Chilean Junior 'La Joya' Cruzat talks sparring Moloney brothers, Chile national title
, Tue, 04 Oct 2022November 12: Janibek Alimkhanuly & Seniesa Estrada Headline World Championship Doubleheader at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas LIVE on ESPN+
, Tue, 04 Oct 2022ARCHIE SHARP TARGETS OSCAR VALDEZ WBO TITLE CLASH
, Tue, 04 Oct 2022NBA Daily: 2022-2023 Season Preview #19 – Minnesota Timberwolves
By Reylan Loberternos, , Tue, 04 Oct 2022ESTRADA-CHOCOLATITO TRILOGY HEADS TO GLENDALE, AZ – MARTINEZ AND ARROYO SET AS CO-MAIN
, Tue, 04 Oct 2022BLUE-CHIP LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT PROSPECT ALI IZMAILOV BATTLES FORMER WORLD TITLE CHALLENGER RADIVOJE KALAJDZIC ON SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION® FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 LIVE ON SHOWTIME®
, Tue, 04 Oct 2022Carto Decisions Sosa in Philadelphia
, Tue, 04 Oct 2022Split-T Management Signs Puerto Rican Amateur Star Willito Ortiz
, Tue, 04 Oct 2022Racasa to compete in Antipolo Youth Chess Club Rapid Tourney
By Marlon Bernardino, , Tue, 04 Oct 2022Boxlab Promotions Presents: Championship Boxing October 15 in Orlando
, Tue, 04 Oct 2022VACANT IBO TITLE UP FOR GRABS IN DICKENS VS DLAMINI
, Mon, 03 Oct 2022NBA Daily: 2022-2023 Season Preview #18 – Chicago Bulls
By Reylan Loberternos, , Mon, 03 Oct 2022AMIR KHAN ADMITS: TRUSTING THE WRONG PEOPLE LED TO PAIN, HE CHEATED ON HIS WIFE, BEING FINANCIALLY SECURE DROVE HIM ON
, Mon, 03 Oct 2022Andrew Moloney looks to shine in Melbourne
, Mon, 03 Oct 2022Eder Jofre: Farewell to Brazil’s First Boxing World Champion
By Emmanuel Rivera, RRT, , Mon, 03 Oct 2022Brazilian Legend Eder Jofre, 86, Passes Away
By Gabriel F. Cordero, , Mon, 03 Oct 2022St. John Paul is title favorite
By Lito delos Reyes, , Sun, 02 Oct 2022Bayawan's Inigo clinches back-to-back chess titles
By Marlon Bernardino, , Sun, 02 Oct 2022MATS Navigators is team to watch
By Lito delos Reyes, , Sun, 02 Oct 2022Roldan Aldea Takes on Undefeated Kayne Clarke on October 29 in Melbourne
, Sun, 02 Oct 2022NBA Daily: 2022-2023 Season Preview #17 – Brooklyn Nets
By Reylan Loberternos, , Sun, 02 Oct 2022Young, Nouri in contrasting wins in 1st PEZA Rapid 8-player Invitational Chess Tournament
By Marlon Bernardino, , Sun, 02 Oct 2022Labog rules GMG Chess Tour blitz chess championship
By Marlon Bernardino, , Sat, 01 Oct 2022NBA Daily: 2022-2023 Season Preview #16 – Atlanta Hawks
By Reylan Loberternos, , Sat, 01 Oct 2022Weights from Philadelphia
, Sat, 01 Oct 2022