Basketball: Curry too hot as Warriors down Rockets for 42nd straight home win

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors drives on Ty Lawson of the Houston Rockets.
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors drives on Ty Lawson of the Houston Rockets.PHOTO: AFP

OAKLAND (AFP) - Stephen Curry turned on the style as the Golden State Warriors overcame a brave Houston Rockets fightback to triumph 123-110 and stretch their winning streak to 10 games on Tuesday.

Reigning National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Curry scored 35 points in a pulsating battle in Oakland to take the Warriors' record to 47-4 for the season.

The highlight of Curry's latest masterclass was his role in a remarkable passage of play in the third quarter, when he stripped the ball inside the Warriors paint and then darted forward to launch an attack.

An incredible behind-the-back pass found Andre Iguodala, who flipped to Leandro Barbosa to score.

The Rockets had fought back after a disastrous first quarter which saw the Warriors jump out to a 38-22 lead after only 11 minutes.

Houston fought back however with James Harden (37 points) and led 74-69 early in the second half.

Curry's 35-point night came despite 12-for-24 shooting for the Warriors, who improved to 24-0 at home this season with their 42nd consecutive victory at Oracle Arena.

Curry made seven three-pointers along with nine assists.

Warriors' Australian centre Andrew Bogut added 13 points while blocking six shots.

The Warriors now have the Chicago Bulls' remarkable 72-win season in their sights, a record benchmark long seen as unbeatable.