Kevin Durant scored 29 points to lead the Warriors, while Steph Curry added 25 points, including five three-pointers, but Golden State saw their five-game home winning streak come to an end. Curry also added nine rebounds and seven assists for the home team, who needed all seven games to reach the Finals past Houston last summer.
The Warriors did lose Draymond Green to a sprained left ankle early in the fourth quarter, this after stepping on the foot of his own teammate, DeMarcus Cousins. Paul added a season-high 17 assists on the night, including 11 in the first half, as he reached 9,000 assists for his career. The win helps Houston avoid a third straight loss away from home, and gives them a rare win without their bearded star on the floor.
Cousins did record his third straight double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Klay Thompson had 20 points and six assists for the Warriors, who will visit the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night. The Rockets will be back home on Monday to host the Atlanta Hawks, where they hope to have Harden back.