Explosive Steph Curry second half leads Warriors to win over Rockets

HOUSTON — Behind a 21-point fourth quarter, Steph Curry took over on offense to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 122-108 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night at Toyota Center.

Curry has jumped in seamlessly to a more traditional point guard role since playmaker extraordinaire Draymond Green was sidelined with a back injury three weeks ago. Curry took over on offense in the second half, going on-ball to generate a 40-point game shooting 7-of-14 from three and 13-from-23 from the field.

Curry’s 21-points int he fourth quarter is a career-high for a fourth quarter. He has 36 career 20-point quarters.

Before the second-half burst, Curry was distributing to his teammates. His nine assists on Monday led the team, on pace with his average assists (7) per game since Jan. 9.

Andrew Wiggins was one of a handful that benefited. The All-Star started scored 23 points going 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to help the Warriors keep pace with a scrappy and athletic Rockets team.

Fighting back was Houston center Christian Wood, who took advantage of the Warriors’ lack of size with a 22-point game. Golden State entered the game with just Kevon Looney and Jonathan Kuminga as the only line of defense against 6-foot-10 Wood. Wood found his points all over the key, shooting 5-for-8 from three and driving to the rim plenty for the rest.

But the Warriors depth pushed them over the edge. Juan Toscano-Anderson pitched in 10 points in 18 minutes off the bench. Klay Thompson had another frustrating night shooting, going 1-for-3 from three, but found his spots and put up 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field.

Moses Moody made a career-high three three-pointers in his second career start. Looney played iron man, collecting double-digit rebounds for the seventh time in the last 10 games. He finished with 14 rebounds.

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Author: Shayna Rubin