Golden State handles Rockets

05 January 2018 13:19:44 EST

The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets were both missing one of their top players, as the visitors from California defeated the hosts 124-114 Thursday evening at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Leading the way for Golden State was Stephen Curry, as the 29-year old point guard from Akron, Ohio scored a team high 29 points while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out five assists for the game.

The Warriors now have a three-game lead over the Rockets in the Western Conference, with the visitors sporting the top record in the NBA at 31-8 on the season.

Draymond Green helped to pick up the slack as the former Michigan State star recorded a triple-double of 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Golden State was without Kevin Durant who missed the game because of an injury to his right calf picked up against the Dallas Mavericks earlier in the week.

The Rockets have struggled recently, as the once leaders of the Western Conference this season have only won four of their past 10 contests.

The hosts got a solid start from Eric Gordon, as the 29-year old shooting guard from Indianapolis, Indiana got the start in place of the injured James Harden. Gordon scored a game high 30 points while pulling down three rebounds and dishing out seven assists.

The Golden State Warriors will head to Southern California for the finale of their road swing to take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

Meanwhile Houston will look to get back on track as they visit Detroit to square off with the Pistons also over the weekend.

The Warriors are 10/19 to win the NBA Championship and the Rockets are priced at 11/4.

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