Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Poole had a game-high 25 points and Stephen Curry added 20 as the Golden State Warriors (8-1) gradually pulled away from the visiting Houston Rockets (1-9) in the second half for a 120-107 (37-32, 32-29, 34-22, 17-24) victory Sunday night.

Player of the Game
Otto  Porter
EFF
22
Otto Porter
Points 15
Accuracy 5-9
Rebounds 9
Assists 1

Andrew Wiggins (16 points), Otto Porter Jr. (15) and Gary Payton II (10) also scored in double figures for Golden State, which won its fourth straight to improve its best-in-the-NBA record to 8-1.

Jae'Sean Tate finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who fell for the second time in two days and have lost eight straight games.

After putting up 69 points in the first half, the Warriors led just 83-80 after a Christian Wood dunk with 5:06 remaining in the third quarter.

But Nemanja Bjelica nailed a pair of 3-pointers and Payton chipped in with two hoops during a 15-0 flurry that broke the game open.

Golden State, which hosts the Atlanta Hawks on the second night of a home back-to-back on Monday, was able to empty the bench in the fourth quarter.

In outscoring Curry for the third straight game, Poole shot 7-for-13 and also found time for five assists.

Porter hit five 3-pointers in seven tries to account for all his scoring and Curry added four in 11 attempts, helping Golden State outscore the Rockets 45-30 from beyond the arc.

Porter was Golden State's top rebounder with nine, while Draymond Green accumulated a game-high nine assists to go with eight rebounds and six points.

Tate's double-double was his second of the season. He had three in 70 games as a rookie last year.

Daniel Theis had 14 points, Alperen Sengun 12 and Kevin Porter Jr. and D.J. Augustin 11 apiece for the Rockets, who completed an 0-5 trip.

Jalen Green, a Northern California product making his San Francisco debut as an NBA player, totaled just nine points on 4-for-12 shooting. He missed five of his six 3-point attempts.

The Warriors outshot the Rockets 51.8 percent to 45.6 percent.

Warriors: Jordan Poole 25 (5/6 2PT, 2/7 3PT, 9/9 FT, 5 AST), Stephen Curry 20 (4/5 2PT, 4/11 3PT, 3 STL), Andrew Wiggins 16 (1/6 3PT, 7/8 FT), Otto Porter 15 (5/7 3PT, 9 REB), Gary Payton 10 (5/6 2PT, 4 STL), Nemanja Bjelica 9 (3/4 3PT), Juan Toscano-Anderson 8 (4/5 2PT).

Rockets: Jae'Sean Tate 21 (5/7 2PT, 2/4 3PT, 5/9 FT, 10 REB), Daniel Theis 14 (5 REB), Alperen Sengun 12 (5/12 FT, 5 REB), Kevin Porter 11 (7 AST), D.J. Augustin 11 (8/8 FT), Jalen Green 9 (1/6 3PT, 4 TO).

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Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
52%
44/85
Field goals
46%
36/79
48
Rebounds
51
31
Assists
17
12
Steals
11
125
Efficiency
97
17
Turnovers
21

Best players

Jordan  Poole
25 PTS
7/13 FG
9/9 FT
Jae'Sean  Tate
21 PTS
7/11 FG
5/9 FT
Otto  Porter
9 REB
8 DREB
1 OREB
Jae'Sean  Tate
10 REB
8 DREB
2 OREB
Draymond  Green
9 As
6 TO
22 MIN
Kevin  Porter
7 As
3 TO
27 MIN
Otto  Porter
22 EFF
0% 2P%
71% 3P%
Jae'Sean  Tate
18 EFF
71% 2P%
50% 3P%