OAKLAND (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 14 of his 19 points in the second quarter and the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 123-101 on Thursday night in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference finals.
James Harden (right knee contusion), Dwight Howard (lower back tightness) and Ty Lawson (torso contusion) remained behind in Houston to get treatment.
K.J. McDaniels had 20 points and eight rebounds. . Second-round pick Montrezl Harrell had nine points and eight boards. . The Rockets committed seven turnovers in the first quarter.
Curry shot 6 for 7 and added six assists. . Klay Thompson had 16 points. . Andrew Bogut spent the second half on the bench with a broken nose he sustained while trying to stop a dunk.
With Bogut sitting, Marreese Speights picked up the slack with 12 points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes. Speights was a key reserve last season with a career high in scoring and is expected to fill the same role this year.
Houston hosts Miami on Saturday. Golden State visits the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.