After the game, Rockets center Clint Capela was brimming with confidence and proceeded to give the Warriors some bulletin board material in the form of media quotes. "In the second quarter, we put them on the line the entire quarter, which slowed down our pace and let them control the tempo of the game".
"When James and Chris play together we're pretty good", said D'Antoni. He is now on a minutes restriction, which head coach Mike D'Antoni ignored a little bit on Saturday, but the point is that Harden will play even more minutes when the playoffs come.
Star centre Clint Capela has added fuel to the blossoming Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets rivalry by claiming that his team "is better" than the reigning National Basketball Association champions.
It was Golden State's first loss of the season in four games where they've trailed by double-digits after the first quarter.
Paul racked up 33 points, seven assists and a season-high 11 rebounds Saturday night in the Houston Rockets' 116-108 win over the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors.
Saturday was theoretically a great day for sweeping playoff-centric takes, with the Cavs falling apart against a surging, star-led Thunder team in the afternoon, then the Warriors and Rockets deciding their season series in Houston a few hours later.
Harden's team-mate Clint Capela went further.
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At this point, Houston and Golden State appear to be on a collision course to the Western Conference Finals. "You're going to have to get through this team to get to where you want to go".
"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them".
The Rockets are a very good team, and last night they were better than the Warriors.
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry scored 40 points on 14-of-25 shooting with five rebounds and five assists but it was not enough to avoid a 115-109 loss to the Timberwolves.
The Rockets led for most of the game and built a 17 point lead late in the first half, but the Warriors would not go away as they closed the half on an 11-1 run to pull within seven.
"It seemed like we kept making one silly play after another", coach Steve Kerr said.
"The season starts over when you're in the playoffs anyway, so it don't matter", Durant told reporters. They were sloppier than usual, and James Harden and Chris Paul got the better of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.