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Friday, December 13th (All times Eastern)

Houston Rockets (15-8) at Golden State Warriors (13-10), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Rockets hope to have a short memory when they get back to work Friday night against the Golden State Warriors in the continuation of a three-game west coast road trip.

The Rockets started the trek on Thursday in Portland and dropped a 111-104 decision to the Trail Blazers. Dwight Howard recorded 32 points and 17 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to keep the Rockets from losing for the third time in five tries following a five-game win streak.

"It seemed like every time we would close the gap, they came down and got a great shot," Howard said.

James Harden scored 25 points and Chandler Parsons added 14 for Houston, which made only 5-of-20 shots from 3-point range and fell to 5-5 on the road.

Houston closes out the road swing Sunday in Sacramento and is three games behind San Antonio for the Southwest lead.

Golden State is coming off Wednesday's 95-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, as Steph Curry finished with 33 points and 10 assists and made 13 of his 25 attempts from the field. He helped the Warriors erase an 18-point deficit and Draymond Green's 3-pointer with 49.9 seconds left made it 93-92.

"He's a great player and an all-time great shooter," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Curry. "I've seen Steph Curry every single day take that shot hundreds and hundreds of times, thousands of times, so when the curtains open up you expect it to go in."

David Lee chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Harrison Barnes scored 17 points and Andrew Bogut added six points to go along with 18 boards. Klay Thompson was held to 11 points in the win, Golden State's fourth in the past six tries. Lee has posted three straight double-doubles.

Golden State signed center Hilton Armstrong earlier on Wednesday and he could make his debut Friday. Golden State is 16-6 in the month of December dating back to last season (4-2 this season).

Center Jermaine O'Neal will undergo arthroscopic surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist. A timetable for the 18-year veteran's return will be determined once the procedure is completed.

The Warriors, who own a 7-2 home record, hope to slow down a Rockets team averaging an NBA-best 107.3 points per game and have allowed the opposition to reach 100-plus points in nine of the last 11 games.

Houston downed Golden State, 105-83, on Dec. 6 in Space City and has won six of seven and 21 of the last 28 meetings between the teams. The Rockets are 10-4 in their last 14 trips to Oakland.

12/13 10:30:36 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
2nd
NOR 0
DUR 0
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
3rd
PIT 1
MIL 0
 
2nd
WAS 0
STL 0
 
2nd
CLE 0
TOR 0
 
2nd
DET 0
ANA 0
 
2nd
NYM 0
ATL 1
 
2nd
BOS 0
BAL 1
 
2nd
TAM 0
NYY 0
 
1st
MIA 1
SEA 0
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
CWS
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
MIN
8:40pm Tonight
COL
PHI
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
HOU
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
ARI
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
1st
TAM 0
MON 0
 
7:30pm Tonight
BOS
DET
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
2nd
NOR 0
DUR 0