OAKLAND (Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors finally got their defence in high gear Tuesday night, limiting the Washington Wizards to 41.9 per cent shooting en route to their 54th consecutive home-court win, a 102-94 victory over an Eastern Conference playoff contender.
The Warriors, who held only four of their previous 18 opponents under 100 points, limited the Wizards to one field goal over a 9min 58sec stretch bridging the third and fourth quarters in building an insurmountable lead. The result was Golden State's franchise-record-tying 67th win of the season.
James Harden scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza's 3-pointer in the corner with 17 seconds left capped a furious second-half rally Tuesday, giving the Houston Rockets a 106-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on a night that LeBron James rested.
The Cavs fell to 1-3 this season without James and 4-13 since he returned to Cleveland before last season. This time, they led by 20 points early in the third quarter and by 13 entering the fourth before giving it all back.
Marcus Morris scored 24 points and the Detroit Pistons snapped Oklahoma City's eight-game winning streak with an 88-82 victory Tuesday at The Palace.
The Thunder rested All-Star small forward Kevin Durant and power forward Serge Ibaka after defeating the Toronto Raptors on Monday.