Then Harrison Barnes and Andre Igoudala exploded.
Thomas dropped 36 points on 12 of 21 shooting, dished out 11 assists and pulled down four rebounds.
Golden State Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry came agonizingly close to recording a triple-double in his side's 112-104 win over the Phoenix Suns.
Curry added nine assists as the Warriors won their 42nd consecutive regular-season home game despite quiet outings from two of their three All-Stars.
When the Suns cut the Warriors' lead to 10 in the fourth, Shaun Livingston scored on a 3-point play and Thompson hit another 3-pointer.
The Rockets stood up to the NBA's top team, but the Warriors showed once again they're usually up for the test. Curry has now tied that record twice, the first time when he hit 11 three's in a game against the New York Knicks back in 2013.
"Bogut was phenomenal", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The Blazers won on Saturday thanks to keying in on Harden and not letting anybody else get going.
Will Barton scored 15 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and Denver held off depleted Detroit, which was without three starters. However, they regrouped and ended the Rockets' upset bid by outscoring them 30-17 in the fourth quarter. The Warriors have controlled the glass with an average of 46.8 rebounds per game, fourth in the league. Interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff is taking his wife and kids on a getaway for the All-Star break, "to a fun place with lots of sun and beaches", he said.... "You can't afford to make mistakes against this team, whether it's their first unit (or) their bench". They played pretty good defense and Harden was magical. It looked like the Warriors were finally going to get their separation as they pushed the lead all the way up to 22 points. He missed all seven of his 3-point attempts.
"It's a competitive game against a really good team, an undefeated team at home", Harden said, finding a silver lining in the defeat.
"Him and the second unit won us the game". In the victory, Klay Thompson led all scorers on the team with 43 points. The Splash Brothers each made five three-point shots in the win as they extended their winning streak to 11 games.
"This was something that I don't really know if it was a quick decision or was lingering", said Anthony. Trevor Ariza added 19 points, while Dwight Howard and Marcus Thornton contributed 16 points and 15 points respectively, with Howard grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds. However, he stalled the Rockets at times by shooting 2-for-10 at the free-throw line, getting whistled for five fouls and committing four turnovers.
- The Golden State Warriors are entering the all-star break, with the best record in National Basketball Association history after 54 games.
Curry had two assists and five points in the first two minutes, and Morris and Goodwin got into it during Suns' timeout shortly thereafter. When they don't reach the century mark, the Golden State Warriors have a losing record of 1-3. Warriors C Andrew Bogut's first block of the night was the 1,000th of his career.... C Festus Ezeli underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday and will be sidelined at least six weeks. Whether or not the Warriors bring in the 27 year-old superstar, it is fun to merely play around with the idea and speculate just how dominant the Warriors could be in 2016-17.
Chandler recorded his ninth double-double of the season and third in the past six games.