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Warriors use big fourth quarter to hold off Rockets 107-98

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Just this week, Golden State has handled West powers Memphis and San Antonio and taken down Houston twice.

The next step is wrapping up the No. 1 seed and take some momentum into what they plan to make a special postseason run.

Stephen Curry scored 24 points, Klay Thompson had 20 and Golden State got key plays down the stretch from just about everybody, using a big fourth quarter to hold off the Rockets 107-98 on Friday night.

''I kind of feel like these last four games have all had playoff intensity and we've come out on top of all of them just winning all sorts of different ways,'' Curry said.

Andre Iguodala's left-handed drive and layup tied it with 7:07 remaining and he finished with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists. Ian Clark hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:58 to play before Matt Barnes delivered a clutch basket.

James Harden had another tough shooting night for Houston, held to 17 points while going 4 for 18 from the floor and 2 of 9 from beyond the arc. He also had 12 rebounds and eight assists.

JaVale McGee contributed 13 points and a season-best five blocked shots off the bench in a 10th straight win for the Warriors.

''We have six games left,'' coach Steve Kerr said. ''We don't have the 1 seed locked up yet, so we've got to keep going and we'll see how it all plays out.''

Houston took an 85-83 lead into the fourth after officials reviewed Sam Dekker's earlier jumper at the 2:59 mark of the third that was initially called a shot clock violation.

Then Curry and Golden State went to work wrapping up a sixth straight victory at home in raucous Oracle Arena, where an electric crowd booed Harden at every chance as these teams met for the second time in four nights. The Warriors won 113-106 Tuesday at Houston.

Iguodala continued his brilliant stretch - Kerr is calling him the top Sixth Man of the Year candidate - and hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer and pull the Warriors within 61-56 at the break as they ended the half with a 10-2 spurt.

This is Golden State's second-longest winning streak this season behind a 12-game unbeaten run.

The Rockets are just 38 of 147 from deep in four matchups with Golden State. Harden is shooting 29.4 percent (20 for 68) his last three games and 7 for 39 from 3-point range in the past four.

''Three days ago at home, we spotted them 17 points and then we got back in the game, and it didn't work our way,'' Harden said. ''Tonight, the same way, we controlled most of the game, we couldn't score the last seven minutes or whatnot.''

Draymond Green became the first Warriors player ever with 150 steals and 100 blocks in a season, and the first in the NBA to do so since Dwyane Wade in 2008-09.

Green said Harden pinched him near his right hip at one point, ''so I punched his wrist. ... He does it often, actually, which is kind of adolescent.'' Harden called it ''a closed-fist hit.''

FRIENDLY GREETING

Former Warriors player and coach Al Attles and longtime NBA coach Bernie Bickerstaff shared a warm embrace and greeting moments before tipoff. They razzed each other at halftime.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Kerr is reigning NBA Coach of the Year. He thinks Houston's Mike D'Antoni deserves the next one.

''I just think what he's done with that team, the way they built the offense around James, they added personnel that made a lot of sense,'' Kerr said. ''He and (GM) Daryl (Morey) worked together last summer and did a great job kind of figuring out the direction they wanted to go. It's clicked. It's worked.''

D'Antoni appreciated the kind words.

''It's a tough business and I'm fortunate to have a very good team this year,'' D'Antoni said.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Houston, which shot 16.1 percent on 3s against Golden State on Tuesday, was 12 for 37. ... Clint Capela grabbed 14 rebounds for the Rockets in a back-to-back following a 10-point loss at Portland on Thursday night.

Warriors: Golden State had 14 blocks. ... Patrick McCaw was a late scratch from the starting lineup because of leg cramps. Barnes started instead. ... Iguodala scored in double figures for a season-best fourth straight game. ... Former Stanford, WNBA and Olympic star Jennifer Azzi was honored after the first quarter and presented with a No. 8 Warriors jersey by Warriors COO Rick Welts.

UP NEXT

Rockets: At Phoenix on Sunday.

Warriors: Host Washington on Sunday. Kevin Durant injured his left knee in a 112-108 loss at the Wizards on Feb. 28.

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Key Players
J. Harden
13 SG
S. Curry
30 PG
33.6 Min. Per Game 33.6
24.8 Pts. Per Game 24.8
6.4 Ast. Per Game 6.4
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
44.7 Field Goal % 46.1
42.7 Three Point % 44.9
85.4 Free Throw % 91.6
  Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala 0:16
  Montrezl Harrell missed tip-in, blocked by Andre Iguodala 0:18
  Offensive rebound by Montrezl Harrell 0:18
  James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:20
+ 2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Klay Thompson 0:29
+ 1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:38
+ 1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 0:38
  Personal foul on Stephen Curry 0:38
  Personal foul on Stephen Curry 0:43
  Full timeout called 0:47
+ 2 Stephen Curry made turnaround jump shot 0:47
Team Stats
Points 98 107
Field Goals 34-92 (37.0%) 43-95 (45.3%)
3-Pointers 12-37 (32.4%) 11-32 (34.4%)
Free Throws 18-23 (78.3%) 10-14 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 60 59
Offensive 19 13
Defensive 30 30
Team 11 16
Assists 20 27
Steals 6 10
Blocks 3 14
Turnovers 15 12
Fouls 12 20
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 12 REB, 8 AST
24 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Rockets 51-25 2536241398
home team logo Warriors 62-14 23332724107
Team Stats
away team logo Rockets 51-25 122.8 PPG 45.4 RPG 22.8 APG
home team logo Warriors 62-14 111.8 PPG 46.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
J. Harden SG 36.1 PPG 6.6 RPG 7.5 APG 44.2 FG%
S. Curry PG 27.3 PPG 5.3 RPG 5.2 APG 47.2 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harden SG 17 PTS 12 REB 8 AST
S. Curry PG 24 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
37.0 FG% 45.3
32.4 3PT FG% 34.4
78.3 FT% 71.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 17 12 8 4/18 2/9 7/7 3 35 0 1 6 4 8 -14 40
E. Gordon 15 2 1 5/12 3/9 2/2 3 38 2 0 2 0 2 -2 19
T. Ariza 15 2 1 5/13 2/9 3/4 1 37 2 0 2 0 2 -17 19
P. Beverley 11 3 2 4/10 3/5 0/0 1 30 0 0 0 0 3 -2 18
C. N'Dumba-Capela 8 14 4 4/13 0/0 0/2 1 26 1 0 3 8 6 +3 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 17 12 8 4/18 2/9 7/7 3 35 0 1 6 4 8 -14 40
E. Gordon 15 2 1 5/12 3/9 2/2 3 38 2 0 2 0 2 -2 19
T. Ariza 15 2 1 5/13 2/9 3/4 1 37 2 0 2 0 2 -17 19
P. Beverley 11 3 2 4/10 3/5 0/0 1 30 0 0 0 0 3 -2 18
C. N'Dumba-Capela 8 14 4 4/13 0/0 0/2 1 26 1 0 3 8 6 +3 28
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Williams 13 7 2 4/11 0/2 5/5 0 34 1 0 0 3 4 -7 25
M. Harrell 11 4 1 5/9 0/0 1/3 3 22 0 2 0 2 2 -12 19
S. Dekker 8 5 1 3/6 2/3 0/0 0 19 0 0 0 2 3 +6 15
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Onuaku - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Wiltjer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nene - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 98 49 20 34/92 12/37 18/23 12 241 6 3 15 19 30 -45 183
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Curry 24 7 5 8/18 4/9 4/5 4 35 2 0 2 3 4 +14 41
K. Thompson 20 8 4 8/20 4/9 0/0 3 36 2 1 1 1 7 -1 38
D. Green 6 6 8 2/11 0/3 2/2 1 35 1 3 3 1 5 +15 29
M. Barnes 6 2 2 2/4 0/1 2/2 1 26 3 0 0 1 1 +4 15
Z. Pachulia 2 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 0 0 1 -5 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Curry 24 7 5 8/18 4/9 4/5 4 35 2 0 2 3 4 +14 41
K. Thompson 20 8 4 8/20 4/9 0/0 3 36 2 1 1 1 7 -1 38
D. Green 6 6 8 2/11 0/3 2/2 1 35 1 3 3 1 5 +15 29
M. Barnes 6 2 2 2/4 0/1 2/2 1 26 3 0 0 1 1 +4 15
Z. Pachulia 2 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 0 0 1 -5 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Iguodala 14 5 5 6/12 2/6 0/0 2 28 2 3 0 1 4 +10 34
J. McGee 13 4 0 6/10 0/0 1/3 2 11 0 5 0 3 1 +10 22
I. Clark 7 2 0 3/6 1/4 0/0 0 16 0 0 1 0 2 -1 8
S. Livingston 7 3 2 3/4 0/0 1/2 2 21 0 0 0 0 3 +3 14
D. West 6 3 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 4 13 0 2 3 1 2 -5 10
J. McAdoo 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 +1 4
K. Durant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Looney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McCaw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 107 43 27 43/95 11/32 10/14 20 239 10 14 12 13 30 +45 218