This was by far the best "Boogie" has been for the Warriors, setting season highs with 27 points and seven assists, repeatedly bullying the Rockets on the block.
Cousins posted season-highs in points (27) and assists (seven) to help the Warriors avert a four-game, season-series sweep by the Rockets.
"I mean it's cool but we've been in this business long enough to know how it goes", Cousins said of the criticism.
"No I don't", he said. "You can put whoever you want on me, honestly". "We've had stretches where its kind of flowing for everyone but this is a team that's been together for a while so they play a certain type of way and they're used to playing a certain type of way". "We knew who we wanted to score, (but) we should have been knowing that the entire game".
The downside to that: Cousins has often been an offensive afterthought in the almost two months he has been playing for the Warriors, as they've struggled to find ways to feature the kind of low-post weapon they've never had.
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Harden paired 29 points with 10 assists but continued his recent struggles from deep, missing 10 of 12 3s. Durant missed the game with a sprained right ankle.
Eric Gordon was asked if he believes the Warriors see the Rockets as their foremost challenger.
Thompson added a basket for the Warriors before the Rockets used a 6-0 spurt to cut the lead to 104-100 with 47.7 seconds left. He joined Curry as the only players in National Basketball Association history to have seven straight seasons with 200 3-pointers.
The Warriors turned seven offensive rebounds into six second-chance points in the third period.
Just take a look at these three plays from Wednesday's first quarter.
Houston (42-26) trailed by 13 points with 4:52 left before storming back with a 14-2 run.More news: Sony reportedly looking to buy Rockstar publisher Take-Two Interactive
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"He just played probably the most complete game since he's been here", said Klay Thompson, whose 30 points included three layups and a 3-pointer off feeds from Cousins.
Rockets: Gordon finished with 17 points. But because of them, we often ignore the flip side of that coin, the other side of the court, where the Rockets prefer to switch every screen, but might now find that strategy much more unsafe after the injection of Cousins into the already complicated equation.
Gordon on what went wrong in the loss: "We didn't play as smart as we should or I think it would have been a different result".
Warriors: Visit Oklahoma City on Saturday night as they continue a four-game road trip.
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