By Don Phillips
HOUSTON ROCKETS (27-26) at GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (46-4)
10:30 PM ET, Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Radio: KBME 790 AM | SPANISH: KEYH 850 AM / KNTE 101.7 FM
Season Series Stats and Notes
Warriors are averaging 113.0 points on 48.6% shooting while Rockets are averaging 101.0 ppg on 41.3% FGs… HOU: 32.5 FTA per (81.5% FTs).
Golden State is averaging 30.5 assists with 13.0 turnovers… Warriors are averaging 10.0 3FGM on 40.8% shooting… Rockets: 32.1% 3FGs.
James Harden is averaging 23.0 points on 32.4% shooting (6-20 3FGs)… Dwight Howard is averaging 15.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg… Brewer: 10.0 ppg.
Stephen Curry missed the last game on 12/31 after having 27 points on 10/30… Klay Thompson: 24.5 ppg… Green: 9.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 11.5 apg.
Several trends that more than often resulted in wins for the Rockets in 2014-15 have mostly held true so far this season:
The Rockets won 89.7% of their games when holding opponents below 100 points last season (35-4 mark) and 78.6% this season (11-3 mark).
Houston won 95.6% of its games when having a better FG% than its opponent last season (43-2 mark) and 89.5% this season (17-2 mark).
The Houston Rockets were 15-0 when holding opponents below 40.0% shooting last season and 5-1 this season.
Houston won 84.6% of its games when outrebounding the opposition last season (33-6 mark) and 78.9% this season (15-4 mark).
The Rockets were 12-0 when out-rebounding their opponent by double-digits last season and are 8-1 this season.
Houston won 82.0% of its games when having as many or more assists than opponents last season (41-9 mark) and 75.0% this season (12-4 mark).
At 45-4 (.918) this season, the Warriors are tied with the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers for the best record in NBA history through the season’s first 49 games. Golden State has recorded at least 30 assists in eight-straight games, the first team to do so since the Hornets had a streak of 13-straight games with at least 30 helpers in 1989… The Warriors have dished out at least 30 assists in a league-high 27 games (next most in the league is Atlanta with 10 such games).
The Warriors have clinched a winning record for the fourth-straight season, the team’s longest such streak since a seven-season stretch from 1971-78. The Warriors have set a franchise record with 40-straight regular-season home wins (22-straight this season, 18-straight last season), just the third team in NBA history to win at least 40 consecutive regular-season games at home.
Golden State has not lost a regular-season home game in more than a full calendar year (last: Jan. 27, 2015 vs. Chicago in overtime).
The Warriors are 22-0 at home to start the season, setting a record for the franchise’s best home start (previous: 12-0 in 1975-76).
Dating back to the 2014-15 campaign, the Warriors are 59-0 when holding the opposition to fewer than 100 points in the regular season (19-0 this season).
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Selection: Golden State