What a stunner! The 7-24 Warriors beat the 21-9 Rockets in their Christmas game at the Chase Center.
This is the first time that Golden State has beaten a team who’s record is over .500, which has come as a surprise for most people. Granted, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are both out with injuries, but Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell should be picking up the slack.
This win should help boost the spirits of the team, especially against two former NBA MVPs: James Harden and Russell Westbrook — who both happen to be on the Rockets this season.
The Key Performers to the Game:
The two most significant performers in my book were Damion Lee and Draymond Green because they both contributed to their team out-scoring their opponent. Green put up 16 of his 20 points in the second half, to help regain control of the game. Lee put up 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in their win as well.
Other Honorable mentions:
D’Angelo Russell brought in 20 points and Glenn Robinson put up 18 — helping the Warriors beat the Rockets.
On Houston’s side James Harden and Russell Westbrook went beast mode as usual. Westbrook recorded 30 points and 10 rebounds, in addition to Harden’s 24 points and 11 assists. Danuel House Jr. also put up 18 points in their loss.
Even with this win, the Warriors are still ranked last in the Western Conference Division with their 8 wins and 24 losses. The Warriors might seem like their reign over the NBA Title is over for a long time, but they are creating a plan that will put them back in the competition. Next season, expecting that the Warriors follow the same ratio of wins and losses in the rest of this season, they should be picking up a rockstar recruit from the NBA Draft. The beginning of the 2020-2021 NBA season is when Curry and Thompson are expected to be back as well. These three additions to the Golden State’s lineup might control the NBA next season.
Photo Credit:By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA – Draymond Green, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46776515