One game after getting blown out at home in an "embarrassing" end to a seven-game homestand, the Warriors blasted the Houston Rockets on Sunday, 108-78. The same Rockets who came into Sunday's contest a half-game behind the Warriors for the No. 6 playoff seed. The same Rockets who had beaten the Warriors the first three meetings this season, including a memorable rout the last time they met at the Toyota Center.

Point guard Stephen Curry finished with 29 points, 11 assists and five rebounds. Klay Thompson had 26 points and four rebounds. The Warriors' guards knocked down 11 of the Warriors' 13 3-pointers.

But this timely victory was a product of a clutch defensive performance, unlike what the Warriors produced in an ugly, 113-95 loss to the visiting Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Center Andrew Bogut had 12 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and was the presence the Warriors have been hoping for in the middle. And Thompson contained guard James Harden. The Rockets All-Star was two assists shy of a triple-double -- 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists -- but he was 6 of 16 shooting.

Rockets guard Jeremy Lin, a Bay Area native and former Warrior, had 21 points.

The Warriors are now 11/2 games ahead of Houston for the No. 6 seed, and they did it with the kind of swagger that had them 13 games above .500 at one point.