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News » Rockets hold off Warriors to win season opener

Rockets hold off Warriors to win season opener

Rockets hold off Warriors to win season opener

Jackson was announced first among the Warriors starters and casually strolled to midcourt. Jackson, who received a three-year contract extension worth roughly $28 million last November, asked to relinquish his captain title earlier this month and in doing so relinquished his "Captain Jack" nickname.

Nelson dismissed a report the Warriors might be close to pulling off a trade for Jackson.

"I haven't heard that. I speak to (GM) Larry (Riley) every day," Nelson said. "This is the first I've heard of that. It would surprise me if that's true."

Curry's much-anticipated debut was hyped to a near-Chris Webber level. Webber, fresh off his days as part of Michigan's Fab Five, was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1993 and dealt from Orlando to Golden State in a draft-day trade. He went on to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors.

Curry had a steal on the Rockets' first possession but immediately missed a 3 on the other end. He was 1 for 6 in the first half and got swatted as he went up for a layup in the closing minutes of the second quarter.


Rockets rookie Chase Budinger added 11 points with three 3s off the bench. ... In brief pregame presentation, Riley gave Morrow a plaque for leading the league in 3-point shooting percentage last season as a rookie at 46.7 percent (86 for 184). ... Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell sat courtside. ... The Warriors drew a sellout crowd of 19,596.

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