Taylor scored a season-high 25 points to help the Rockets hand
the Golden State Warriors their sixth straight loss, 83-65 Monday
"That's what Coach wants me to do when I come into the game,"
Taylor said. "He wants me to spark us off the bench. He told me
when I came into the game to give us a little lift and get us
playing better basketball."
Yao played only 23 minutes because of foul trouble, and Francis
didn't get his first basket until 1:35 remained in the game.
The Warriors lost for the eighth time in 10 games, despite
holding Francis without a point until he made the layup late in the
game. Francis finished with a season-low point total and a
season-high 12 assists.
"I'm glad all the other guys played well," Francis said. "For
me, these things are going to happen. Fortunately, the others
picked up the slack."
Golden State's 65 points was the second-fewest points scored
against the Rockets in franchise history. Houston held Utah to 63
on Saturday night.
"Our defense carried us tonight," Taylor said. "We play well
defensively and that's something we can hang our hat on. We have to
work on our offense but with our defense we've got a system that
"We're one of the elite defensive teams in the league. We've
got to get our offense to the same level."
Taylor scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter for the
Rockets, who led 66-53 after three. Jim Jackson added 18 points and
seven assists for Houston, while Yao finished with 10 points and 10
Yao got two quick fouls in the first quarter and picked up his
third in the second quarter.
"My center is frustrated with the whistles he's not getting and
I share in his frustration," Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said.
A season-low 9,956 fans attended the game. The previous low in
Houston's new Toyota Center was 10,679 for the Rockets game against
Portland on Dec. 9.
"Mo Taylor had a big game on a night when we knew there were
not going to be a lot of points scored," Warriors coach Eric
Musselman said. "We struggled offensively and didn't shoot the
ball well or rebound. We're just missing our shots."
Taylor helped the Rockets overcame a slow start to lead 42-32 at
the half. Houston upped its lead to 49-34 early in the third
quarter before the Warriors cut it to six midway through the
"We missed a lot of open shots and just didn't get the job
done," Dunleavy said. "A lot of balls seemed to bound to Houston
and we couldn't get the rebounds."
Game Notes: Van Gundy tied Paul Westphal for 50th place on the NBA's
all-time coaching victories list with his 267th career victory. ...
The Rockets have a 6-1 record when Mike Wilks plays. ... The
Warriors have improved from last in the NBA in points allowed last
season to 15th this season. ... Golden State's 32 points at
halftime was just better than its season low of 31 set Nov. 7
against the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Houston held a 50-30 rebounding