Rockets vs. Warriors: Stephen Curry Will Get Golden State Back on Track

Lee Schechter@@leeschechterContributor IIIFebruary 12, 2013

In the last meeting between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, the Rockets tied the NBA record for three-point field goals made in a game with 23.  

The Warriors will look to avoid a repeat of that performance in Tuesday's matchup.   

Currently in a four-game skid, the Warriors played terrible defense on their most recent road trip, and it all started with their last meeting with the Rockets.  

According to ESPN.com's game preview, "they [the Warriors] allowed an average of 118.5 points and were outscored by 20.7 per game during their trek."

The Warriors stand no chance of winning games if their team defense allows that many points.

Golden State could also be without point guard Jarrett Jack for a fourth straight game. Jack has a shoulder injury, so Stephen Curry is the player who will step up against the Rockets. 

In the Rockets' record-setting win over the Warriors, Jeremy Lin scored a game-high 28 points including five threes. Curry will not allow Lin to have the same performance and will increase his defensive intensity on the perimeter.  

When the Warriors are winning games, Curry is distributing the basketball and shooting at a higher percentage, especially at home.  

In home games this season, Curry is scoring 22.3 points per game and averaging 7.2 assists per game. Curry also has a 48.7 three-point shooting percentage and is 46.4 percent from the floor overall. This is in contrast to his road percentages 41.6 percent and 40.7 percent, respectively. 

Now that the Warriors road trip is complete, they can put the tough losses behind them.  

Curry is back at home where he is comfortable scoring and will step up defensively.  

The Warriors will snap their losing streak tonight thanks to Curry getting them back on track.  

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