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Warriors win against the Rockets thanks to Steph's high-scoring third quarter

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By Huey Bergstrom

(HOUSTON) The Warriors run won a crucial road game against the Houston Rockets Sunday night on the back of a 23-point quarter from Steph Curry.

Beyond that, the game storyline is relatively lackluster, the Rockets were outscored 23-12 by Curry in the third quarter after they led by six at the half. After Curry's outburst it didn't matter if the Warriors were outscored in every other quarter (they were). With Oubre Jr. still out from a fracture and torn ligament, the Warriors needed all they could get from Curry.

Houston is pretty bad this season so it was somewhat expected but the Warriors' defense did a good job staying up on Rockets' wings without fouling, which has plagued Golden State this season.

What's more, the Warriors got to deliver some of the offense that they were handed earlier in the week by the streaking Mavericks. Dallas went on a 28-0 run to basically put the game out of reach and Sunday night was a similar situation, the 24-0 run the Warriors delivered to the Rockets put the game out of reach.

The Warriors really needed a win, they needed to rebound from a demoralizing loss and get back to .500, both of which they did Sunday night. Additionally, the Warriors needed to come into the game against the Pelicans on Monday night riding high, New Orleans often plays well against Golden State and this game could determine the play-in game. Expect things to get chippy early.

But back to Sunday night for a moment, the real story of the evening was Curry's astounding night.

Curry got started early in the third but this quick motion to get open for the three set the tone for the remainder of the third.

He nails the stepback 25 footer to put the Dubs up 11 and doesn't stop there.

Curry was the star, as usual, but some good offense from Mychal Mulder and Jordan Poole off the bench bodes well for the upcoming road game. Draymond Green and Juan Toscano-Anderson both had stat stuffer nights as they often do. Green with one point and two assists shy of a triple-double and Toscano-Anderson with 4 steals and 5 blocks.

While a twenty-plus point blowout of the NBA's bottom basement team isn't entirely something to hang your hat on, Warriors fans are certainly breathing a bit easier especially going into the game with the Pelicans.

That game starts Monday afternoon at 4:30 PST.

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