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Warriors call out Tari Eason’s shirt after win over Rockets: ‘That’s pretty lame’

HOUSTON — That familiar irritation, that gut-wrenching angst spawned by the sight of blue and gold, was back in the Toyota Center.

Houston’s main characters had changed quite a bit from the Rockets-Warriors clashes of old. Head coach Ime Udoka now patrols the sidelines once paced by Mike D’Antoni. It’s now Jalen Green and Fred VanVleet facing off against the Splash Brothers, with James Harden and Chris Paul long gone. Role players like Dillon Brooks and Jabari Smith Jr. have replaced P.J. Tucker and Eric Gordon. Most importantly, the two teams are vying for the No. 10 seed in the West, not the conference crown.

In truth, Thursday night’s 133-110 blowout Warriors win was a far cry from the memorable encounters that gripped the league from 2015 to 2019, when the persistent Rockets dared stand up to the golden standard.

“It was a battle,” said Paul, now a Warrior. “It was fun.”

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