Warriors hand Rockets franchise-record 18th straight loss

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green keeps the ball from Houston Rockets' Danuel House Jr. during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green keeps the ball from Houston Rockets' Danuel House Jr. during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP) (2021 Getty Images)

(AP) – Draymond Green had 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Golden State Warriors handed the Houston Rockets their franchise-record 18th straight loss, 108-94 on Wednesday night.

“Draymond was having fun out there tonight,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was on top of his game. I thought he controlled the whole game with his defense and his rebounding. He was really, in my book, the player of the game.”

It was the third triple-double this season for Green and the 27th of his career.

Reserve Jordan Poole scored 23 points and made a career-high six 3-pointers to help the Warriors bounce back from a blowout loss to the Lakers on Monday. Golden State breezed past the struggling Rockets to snap a season-high four-game road losing streak.

“To lose a game like we lost the other day that was terrible,” Green said. “Just wanted to come out and get a good game, start this road trip off right.”

Houston’s skid surpasses the 17 straight losses by the San Diego Rockets in 1968, when they went 15-67 in their first year as a franchise. It’s the first time the Rockets have lost nine consecutive home games since they dropped 11 straight in 1983.

Golden State's Stephen Curry had 18 points and went 2 for 11 from 3-point range before sitting out the fourth quarter with a tailbone contusion. Kerr said Curry was sore and could miss Friday's game.

Houston center Christian Wood returned after sitting out since Feb. 4 with a sprained right ankle. The Rockets had won seven of eight games before his injury. His first game out was when the skid started, and his return wasn’t nearly enough to get Houston back in the win column on a night when both John Wall and Victor Oladipo sat out.