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Warriors beat Rockets, record first win over an opponent above .500

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A Christmas miracle took place at the Chase Center on Wednesday as bottom feeders Golden State Warriors took down the Western Conference’s fourth-ranked team Houston Rockets, 116-104, to notch just their eight win of the season.

The surprising win was the Dubs’ first victory against a team with a .500 record.

Five Warriors finished in double-figures scoring led by second-year player Damion Lee who had 22 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field to go along with 15 rebounds. All-Stars Draymond Green (20 points, 11 boards, three assists) and D’Angelo Russell (20 points, four assists, and three rebounds) got into the act as well, while Glenn Robinson III and Willie Cauley-Stein had 18 and 10, respectively.

The Rockets’ spectacular duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for 54 points on Wednesday, but the rest of the team failed to come up with a much better outing.

The triumph gave the Dubs its first three-game winning streak of the season, building momentum from their last two victories over below .500 teams New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The injury-ravaged Warriors team has experienced quite the fall from grace this year and still have a lot of ground to cover if they wish to recover from one of the franchise’s worst start in history. But with the way their season has unfolded so far, head coach Steve Kerr will surely be happy of even the smallest of improvements and take every win they could possibly get.

The Warriors are now just the third worst team in the league, as the Atlanta Hawks are the 30th team in the standings with a 6-25 slate followed by the New York Knicks at 7-24.