Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 114-110 win against the Houston Rockets:
1. The Warriors closed out the 2015 calendar year with the second-best record of all-time behind — guess who — the 1996 Chicago Bulls. The Warriors went 72-12, won a championship and went on an unprecedented season-opening winning streak. Will 2016 offer even more?
2. The idea that Klay Thompson can’t carry a team, that he can’t do it without Stephen Curry took a loss at Houston. In his duel with shooting guard frenemy James Harden, Thompson came out on top and scored 38 points less than 24 hours after struggling against the Dallas Mavericks’ Wesley Matthews. Thompson was in fine form on the court and then afterward downplayed how much he cared about his belief he’s the best shooting guard.
3. Curry is coming back soon. He was in good spirits while sitting out the game and felt good enough with his left leg to shoot around before the game. That’s good news for the Warriors, who are without Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Leandro Barbosa.
4. The impending return of Steve Kerr is a highly anticipated event. “When he does come back, whenever that is, I hope he gets a huge ovation,” Thompson said. Draymond Green smiled and said it’ll be a good homecoming. Kerr could be back as soon as Saturday’s game at Oracle Arena. First, he has to make sure he comes off the road trip refreshed and is feeling up to it.
5. Green, who always had the Tragic Johnson tag on him at Michigan State, was magical with his passing against the Rockets. Sixteen assists for the forward was a career high, and Green stepped forward when Shaun Livingston told him before the game that the offense would run through him and Andrew Bogut. With the Warriors running and cutting and getting easy baskets due to Green spreading it around, they looked like their normal selves even while short-handed.