The Rockets' move to work Anthony out of their plans this season were met with plenty of questionable responses, but they may have pushed those aside for now with their performance on Thursday night. Houston was led by James Harden's 27 points, as they blew past the short-handed Golden State Warriors, 107-86, on their home floor. The win for Houston was just their second in six games at the Toyota Center, but did get them back to .500 at 7-7 on the season.
The Rockets have now won three in a row and six of their past eight games, this after starting the season 1-5. They are at .500 for the first time since they were 1-1, as they took advantage of the Warriors playing without Steph Currry, who has already been ruled out for the next 10 days with a groin injury. Golden State did get Draymond Green back from suspension, but he left with a toe injury that has him out for the next two games for the two-time defending champs.
Houston led by 13 after three quarters, and then kicked off the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run to pull away for good, sending the Warriors to 12-4 on the season. Three of the Warriors' four losses have come on the road, but they still hold the best record in the Western Conference. Kevin Durant led Golden State with 20 points in the loss, as they shot just 4-of-18 from three-point range without Curry.
The Warriors will stay on the road in Texas for Saturday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks, while the Rockets will visit the Chicago Bulls that same night.