Splash Bros Curry, Thompson take charge as Durant-less Warriors pull away late vs Rockets
Steph Curry scored six of his team-high 29 points in a late 9-3 blitz to finish off the Rockets. AP

THE Golden State Warriors came alive late in the third quarter and held on to beat the Houston Rockets, 124-114, on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at the Toyota Center.

The Warriors, who played without Kevin Durant (calf strain), trailed by as much as nine in the second quarter as Eric Gordon stepped up for a Rockets team missing James Harden with 17 first-half points.

But Golden State went on a 16-1 run bridging the third and fourth periods to build a comfortable 10-point lead, 101-91, with over nine minutes to play.

Houston kept clawing back, cutting the gap down to as low as five, but Klay Thompson started taking over with back-to-back baskets putting the lead back up to 10 midway through the fourth.

Steph Curry then scored six in a 9-3 blitz down the stretch to finish off the Rockets.

Curry finished with 29 points, while Thompson scored 28 as the Splash Brothers combined for 10 of the Warriors 13 triples to improve their league-best record to 31-8 after winning three in a row.

Draymond Green had a triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.

Gordon ended up with a game-high 30 points for the Rockets (27-10), who saw their two-game win streak snapped. Gerald Green continued his stellar play with 29 points, firing eight triples, off the bench, while Chris Paul had 28 markers and nine assists.

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