The Golden State Warriors (46-4) close out the first-half of the 2015-2016 NBA season with back-to-back matchups against the Houston Rockets and at Phoenix Suns before the league celebrates All-Star Weekend and enjoys a well-deserved nine-day rest, and while riding a nine-game winning streak.
As the Warriors continue to equal or better all-time records for winning, they’ll host the Rockets on Tuesday night and then make a quick jaunt down to Phoenix on Wednesday before stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green represent the Western Conference in Sunday’s All-Star Game in Toronto.
After Tuesday night, the Warriors won’t return to the Oracle until March 1 against the Atlanta Hawks.
Golden State already owns two victories over Houston this season, including a 20-point blowout in the second game of the year, while the Suns have allowed the Warriors top-ranked offense to score 135 and 128 points in their two previous meetings this season. In the first matchup at Phoenix back on Nov. 27, Curry netted 41 points and Green tallied a triple-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
On Dec. 16, Thompson heated up in the second meeting with the Suns, scoring 27 of his 43 points in the third quarter while Golden State coasted to a 128-103 win. Green would also add one of his 10 triple-doubles this season.
Now the Warriors can wrap up the first-half of the season and gather some rest before bursting out of the second-half gate for six straight road games. Golden State will head to Portland, then meet the Clippers in Los Angeles, followed by trips to Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, and lastly at Oklahoma City on Feb. 27.
The nine-game winning streak began on with a blowout road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 132-98, and after a bad road loss to the Detroit Pistons, 113-95. Through the streak, Curry has exploded in seven of the nine games that included a scoring outburst of 51 points against the the Washington Wizards and a 39-point effort against the Indiana Pacers.
The Warriors are coming off a huge 116-108 home victory over the Thunder, which matched the 1966-1967 Philadelphia 76ers for the best record ever after 50 games. The win also extended Golden State’s home winning streak to 41, leaving it three shy of the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls for the longest in history, and giving Golden State a 92 winning percentage compared to Chicago at 87.8.
Despite Kevin Durant netting 40 total points and Curry nailing just one three-pointer, the Warriors managed to build a 20-point lead over the third-seeded Thunder in the second quarter in a game that likely serves as second round or Western Conference Finals preview.
Warriors TV Schedule
Tuesday, Feb. 9: vs. Houston; 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
Wednesday, Feb. 10: at Phoenix; 9:00 p.m. ET ( FSAZ, CSBy)