November 21, (THEWILL) – The Golden State Warriors ended their sobering run of six straight defeats last night, edging past the Houston Rockets 121-116. Star man, Steph Curry, was instrumental in the win, dropping 32 points including five 3-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to score four or more 3-pointers in each of his first 13 games of a season.
Klay Thompson added a handy 20 points for the Warriors, while Chris Paul tried his best for the Rockets with 15 points and 12 assists. It was ultimately a disappointing night for Houston, despite 30 points and 13 rebounds from Alperen Sengun. Jabari Smith Jr chipped in with 17, and Dillon Brooks and Jalen Green both scored 16, but the Rockets succumbed to their sixth loss on the bounce.
“We needed this one for sure,” Curry told media after the game, relieved at finally tasting victory after a demoralising streak for his side. The Warriors now face the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, while Houston have an immediate chance to bounce back against the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night.
In other NBA action, Nikola Jokic was ejected in the dying moments of the Denver Nuggets’ 107-103 win against the Detroit Pistons – their 12th straight loss. Jokic and coach Michael Malone were both given their marching orders amid heated protests against a call made earlier in the game. Reggie Jackson scored 21 to help the Nuggets overcome the Pistons despite Jokic’s premature exit.
Meanwhile, prized NBA prospect Victor Wembanyama endured another difficult night as his San Antonio Spurs went down 124-99 to the LA Clippers for their ninth loss on the spin. Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves all secured comfortable victories over Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks respectively. However, Jayson Tatum’s best was not enough to prevent the Boston Celtics slipping to a 121-118 loss against Charlotte Hornets.