The tough week of competition continued for the Golden State Warriors on the road Friday night, but once again, they made a legitimate statement. Kevin Durant had 32 points, coming off a season-high 40-point effort, leading the Warriors past the Rockets in Houston, 125-108. The win was the sixth in a row for the NBA's best, as the Warriors shut down the Rockets' go-to play from beyond the arc. The league's leading three-point shooting team shot 7 of 35 from downtown Friday night. It was just the fourth time this season Houston finished with less than 10 threes. After leading by five at the break, Golden State used a 12-4 third-quarter run to pull away, and never looked back in the second half. They led by as many as 20 in the fourth, getting revenge after Houston upset the Warriors in double-overtime at Oracle earlier this season.
Gobert's Big Night Lifts Jazz in OT
Rudy Gobert went off for a monster double-double of 27 points and 25 rebounds, helping the Utah Jazz hold off the Dallas Mavericks in overtime, 112-107. Both numbers were career-highs for the big man, who recorded the first 25-point, 25-rebound game in the NBA this season. One of his 25 rebounds came on his own missed free throw in overtime, which led to a tying three-pointer from Joe Johnson. The veteran Johnson finished with 15 points, while Gordon Hayward chipped in with 26 points of his own. The Mavs had seven players score in double figures in the losing effort, including Harrison Barnes with 19 points. Utah now sits at 28-16 on the year, good for fifth in the West.
Sedin Records 1,000th Point in Canucks Win
Just two weeks after Alex Ovechkin entered the 1,000-point club, Henrik Sedin joined the star Friday night with a goal in the second period of a 2-1 Vancouver Canucks win over the Florida Panthers. His former teammate, and current Panther goalie, Roberto Luongo, came out to congratulate him after surrendering the goal. Ryan Miller had 34 saves to help the Canucks improve to 8-1-3 in their past 12 games, as they moved past the Kings in the Pacific standings. Luongo had 30 saves of his own, while Jaromir Jagr found the back of the net in the loss. The 36-year-old Sedin becomes the 85th player to reach the 1,000-point plateau, and the 38th to do so with one franchise.