An exasperated Stephen Curry acknowledged that the Warriors threw away a victory Thursday by coughing up a 20-point lead against the Rockets.
The Warriors led 73-53 early in the third quarter, but ultimately lost 135-134 in overtime at Oracle Arena to a Rockets team once again boosted by a lights-out display from James Harden.
Harden, the reigning league MVP, forced the extra period with a 3-pointer and then hit the game-winner from beyond the arc with 2.7 seconds to play in the overtime.
Asked if it felt like a game Golden State had given away, Curry replied: “For sure. When you have a lead like that, you don’t lose at home.
“Obviously James made a bunch of tough shots, they got the ball moving and hit a bunch of 3s in the third quarter. I don’t know if it’s slow rotations or just a little laziness with that lead, but when you have a lead like that it’s a tough way to go out.”
The Warriors (25-14) have lost three in a row at home, having also been beaten by the Lakers and Trail Blazers.
“All of them are terrible feelings, losing at home,” said Curry, whose 35-point haul against the Rockets proved in vain.
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“Our fight’s there — we’ve just got to work on the details in terms of putting 48 minutes together. And we haven’t got there yet.”
Harden surpassed 40 points for the fifth straight game as he finished with 44, in addition to 15 assists and 10 rebounds.
“For the most part, I feel like we made him work. He just made tough shots,” Curry said. “Since [Chris Paul] has been out, he’s obviously taken over. He’s got the ball in his hands all game and he’s just making plays. You’ve got to tip your hat to him.”