Cousins has best night in Warriors' 121-110 win over Hornets

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Houston had to do without reigning MVP James Harden yet the Rockets still outworked the Golden State Warriors for the third time this season, 118-112, in the National Basketball Association on Saturday, February 23 (Sunday, February 24, Manila time).

The three-time All-Star stepped on the foot of teammate DeMarcus Cousins in the second half, but it didn't appear he rolled his ankle.

Kevin Durant had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors, who have not lost back-to-back games since December 27.

Also, Klay Thompson scored 26 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 24 as the two-time defending champion Golden State defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 121-110, despite an off night from Stephen Curry.

- Warriors coach Steve Kerr pre-game on the start of a cross-conference trip, following a home loss to the Houston Rockets. Forwards Kenneth Faried and P.J.Tucker had 20 and 18 apiece. Eric Gordon came out guns blazing knocking down four 3-pointers and scoring 25 points.

James' milestone assist came in the first quarter when he fed Kyle Kuzma for a layup to give the Lakers a 15-14 lead.

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The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 113-99 and the Milwaukee Bucks won their game against the Boston Celtics 98-97. Clint Capela grabbed 15 rebounds.

"He'll be back for the playoffs", Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. "A little tweak. We'll see".

In New York, D'Angelo Russell tied a career high with 40 points and made some clutch plays late in the game as the Brooklyn Nets posted a 117-115 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

It was a let down for the Warriors not just on the court but before the game-and the injury to Green just adds injury to insult. They know who they are. "The other guys are the ones who have to make the shot". After the game, Rockets star Chris Paul chose to take a little revenge shot at one of the Warriors' stars.

Hornets: 4-6, averaging 107.3 points, 42.6 rebounds, 20 assists, 7.2 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 43.7 per cent from the field.