SAN FRANCISCO — After six straight losses, Steph Curry was concerned about the “stink” of a “losing mentality” seeping into the Golden State Warriors’ locker room.
They got a breath of fresh air Monday evening.
Klay Thompson got his shot going, Curry received a healthy dose of support, and the Warriors snapped their skid with a 121-116 win over the Houston Rockets.
The losing streak was the Warriors’ longest since their disastrous 2019-20 season, finally earning their first win of the home stand in its sixth and final game. With a well-rounded offensive showing, 121 points were the most they scored in regulation since the start of the streak.
Things began to turn, as they usually do, on a shot by Curry.
After going more than 20 minutes in the first half without a field goal attempt, Curry flew off a screen as time ticked down before intermission. He sank a 3-pointer while being knocked to the floor by Jalen Green and completed the 4-point play, putting Golden State up 10, 63-53, entering halftime.
Alperen Şengün, Houston’s second-year center who scored a team-high 28 points, made the first two buckets of the second half, cutting the lead to five, but a transition 3 from Klay Thompson quickly widened the lead back to 10, and the Rockets would only briefly cut it to single digits the rest of the way.
Before Curry’s 3, the largest lead held by either team was seven points.
But unlike most of the early part of this season, when it has been Curry and everybody else, the Warriors’ supporting cast picked up the slack.
Led by game-high 31 from Curry, five Warriors scored in double figures, including Chris Paul, who finished with 15 points and 12 assists for his third straight double-double, and two others contributed at least seven points. But the most encouraging development had to be from Thompson, who poured in a season-high 20 points.
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