The Warriors didn't get the redemption they desperately craved or the victory they desperately needed.
The same lack of defensive intensity and rebounding hunger that plagued the Warriors on their four-game road trip followed them home as they lost 116-107 in the grudge match against Houston on Tuesday night.
The Warriors (30-22) will head into the All-Star break having lost a season-high five consecutive games and with a bitter taste in their mouths after not being able to reconcile the trouncing the Rockets handed them a week ago.
The Rockets (29-25) have beaten the Warriors in 16 of their past 18 games, including the Feb. 5 meeting - during which Houston scored a season-high 140 points and tied an NBA record with 23 three-pointers.
In the final minutes of that game, Patrick Beverley was issued a technical foul for taunting the Warriors' bench after a dunk, Draymond Green and Marcus Morris were ejected after a bench-clearing staredown, and the Warriors intentionally fouled Houston on its final three possessions to prevent the Rockets from attempting a record-breaking three-pointer.
The coaches and players minded their manners with cameras and tape recorders on after the game, but once they retreated to the "privacy" of their Twitter accounts, the players set off a firestorm.
The grudge match really didn't materialize as the game was defined by poor defense that led to lots of open shots and lots and lots of lazy fouls in front of the 14th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena. The Warriors have lost by an average of 18.4 points a game and given up 118 points a game during their five-game losing streak.
"We're not there yet," Bogut said. "We're not where we think we are. I think we thought we were maybe a little better than we are. ... We were the hunters early in the season, and now we're the hunted. It's a different mind-set for us."
Houston's James Harden, who entered the game with a sore left knee and finished it with a rolled right ankle, scored 27 points on 7-for-22 shooting, and Chandler Parsons added 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.


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