Warriors welcome Rockets to Oracle Arena

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(SportsNetwork.com) - Winning at home has been synonymous with the Golden State Warriors this season.

The Warriors have won 16 in a row at Oracle Arena and are 18-1 at home. They will resume a five-game homestand Wednesday with a tough challenge against the Houston Rockets.

Golden State is coming off Monday's 122-79 pounding of the Denver Nuggets and was led by Klay Thompson's 22 points. Stephen Curry followed with 20 and eight assists, while Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa scored 12 points apiece off the bench for the Warriors, who shot 54.3 percent and recorded 24 points off 16 Denver turnovers.

Denver was held to only 28 points in the first half and allowed 97 points over the last three quarters.

"We have a deep lineup of guys," said Curry.

Golden State has scored at least 100 points in 11 straight games and improved to 20-6 against teams from the West (10-1 at home).

The Warriors, who are first in scoring with 110.3 ppg and field goal percentage (48.7), will also host Sacramento, Boston and Chicago on the stay.

Houston is on the road for the next three games against the Warriors, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. It is 14-6 outside the Toyota Center.

The Rockets have won six of their last eight games, including Monday's 110-98 triumph over the Indiana Pacers. NBA leading scorer James Harden poured in a season-high 45 points and made 7-of-12 3-pointers. Harden also sank 12-of-14 from the foul line.

Dwight Howard recorded 14 points to go along with 17 rebounds for the Rockets, who shot 51.4 percent and went 2-1 on the short homestand.

"First of all, the way we came out is the way we should come out every single game," Harden said. "Throughout the entire game, they couldn't gain any ground because we were consistent."

Houston must remain consistent Wednesday in order to keep pace with the Warriors, who have won the first three meetings with the Rockets this season and four straight overall in this series.