Draymond Green becomes Warriors all-time leader in triple-doubles

Draymond Green becomes Warriors all-time leader in triple-doubles

His strengths are useful to a team that could struggle to score without both Harden and Chris Paul in the lineup, while his weaknesses are nearly entirely mitigated, both by the personnel on the floor with him and Houston's culture.

Draymond Green picked up a triple-double, with 17 points, 14 boards and 10 assists, in the Warriors' win over the Rockets. Sure, Paul played in the Rockets' opening night win over the Dubs this season, but he played second fiddle to James Harden that night-and didn't play at all down the stretch due to injury. They scored the next five, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Curry, to make it 120-109 and send numerous home fans streaming for the exits.

"We'e still trying to get healthy", Paul said. "We're just not quite there defensively, communication, all the stuff we can control we're not doing". But Andre Iguodala returned after sitting out Wednesday night with back and hip strains and had 10 points and eight assists.

Curry continued to round into form in 37 minutes during his third game since missing the previous 11 with a sprained right ankle.

Golden State led by 10 after a dunk by David West with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining. When the Warriors (30-8) visit the Houston Rockets (27-9) on Thursday, both teams will be without some of their key star players.

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Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, with 17 points each, were among six Rockets in double figures and that did not include Chris Paul, who had eight points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.

Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 29 points, while Thompson added 28. I think if the Rockets want to win they are going to need a change in philosophy and are going to have to buckle down and win with the defense, not offense.

"This is who he is", Kerr said of Green. Briante Weber also made a rare first half appearance, though it remains to be seen whether Weber's usage has more to do with minutes preservation in lieu of the upcoming Warriors matchup, or this is a legitimate minutes share while Harden is out.

The Rockets led 63-62 at halftime.

The Rockets' quest to outshoot and outscore the Warriors will be one of the storylines to watch as the season progresses and we get into the playoffs. They won't throw him a ton of pick-and-roll possessions, but any secondary creation he can bring to the second unit will boost the Rockets' offense in this time without Harden. Paul received a technical foul in the fourth quarter. The only thing that could hold the Warriors back from winning this game easily would be themselves if they don't come out with the energy and determination to win this game CP3 could get an early lead and find a way to hold on to it.

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