It was a tough road trip, and an even tougher loss to the Miami Heat in overtime at Oracle on Monday night. Things did not get easier for the Golden State Warriors.
Friday night, the Warriors traveled to Houston to face Yao Ming and his Houston Rockets. Tracy McGrady did not play in the game due to injury, but other players such as Ron Artest stepped up and filled McGrady's spot.
Yao scored 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Over half of his points came in the fourth quarter. Artest had 28 points. Von Wafer came off of the bench to score 18 points. The Rockets shot 62 percent from beyond the arc, connecting on 13-of-21 attempts.
Both Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf fouled out of the game. Don Nelson and Stephen Jackson were both ejected for multiple technical fouls.
Jackson scored 26 points, Corey Maggette scored 23, and Jamal Crawford scored 22. Rookie Anthony Randolph came off the bench to score 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Brandan Wright did not even touch the floor until Nelson was ejected. Assistant coach Keith Smart took over and played Wright for eight minutes, during which he scored six points.
The Warriors are still winless since the Al Harrington/Crawford trade. They will travel to San Antonio Saturday night to face Tim Duncan and the Spurs.
- The Warriors have now lost eight games in a row.
- They are 0-6 with Jamal Crawford in the lineup.
- Marco Belinelli supposedly wants out of Golden State. "I can't trust Nelson. He is an experienced coach who has won so much (as a player), but what he told me in the summer, of giving me more playing time, has not happened."
- Nelson was ejected in the third quarter; Jackson was ejected in the fourth.