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Warriors aim to bounce back

January 17, 2015 18:01:55 UK

The Golden State Warriors conclude their brief two-game road swing on Saturday when they visit the Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston.

This after a Russell Westbrook triple-double helped the Oklahoma City Thunder to a convincing 127-115 triumph over the Warriors on Friday evening at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The former UCLA star had 17 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds in a monster performance for the hosts, who were paced by Kevin Durant’s 36 points on 14-of-18 from the field.

Dion Waiters chipped in with a further 21 off the bench and the Thunder continue to shape up as a tough opponent in the post-season should they close the gap to the Phoenix Suns who currently hold eighth place in the Western Conference.

On Sunday Oklahoma City kick off a five-game road trip in Orlando against the Magic and continue on to play the Miami Heat, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors meanwhile have the opposite schedule as they open a five-game home stand at the Oracle Arena in Oakland with the visit of the Denver Nuggets.

The Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls all follow Denver into the Bay Area as Golden State look to maintain their advantage over the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference and the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division.

The Warriors are 6.50 to win the NBA Championship outright, while the Rockets can be backed at 17.00.

On Friday Blake Griffin’s 34 points were not enough for the Clippers who fell 126-121 to the visiting Cavaliers at the Staples Center in LA. LeBron James and Tristan Thompson each had double-doubles for Cleveland who were led by Kyrie Irving’s 37 points on the night.

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