金州勇士本赛季没有多少机会享受比赛，但周四116-104战胜休斯顿火箭队的比赛则是另外一回事。事实上，这场比赛如此不同，以至于主教练史蒂夫 · 科尔在球员庆祝活动时对裁判的警告置之不理。
"It was the best game we've played, and it was great that Steph [Curry] and Klay [Thompson] were on the sidelines cheering them on and so active," Kerr said, per Nick Friedell of ESPN.com. "At one point the ref told me—he wanted me to tell our guys not to run on the floor. And I said, 'That's not happening. We've had a lousy season. We're going to run on the floor.' I said, 'If you've got to call a T, you've got to call a T.' And he said, 'All right, fair enough.' So it was a good night."
“这是我们踢过的最好的一场比赛，斯蒂芬和克雷都在场边为他们加油，非常积极，” 科尔告诉espn的尼克 · 弗里德尔。 “有一次裁判告诉我——他想让我告诉我们的球员不要在地板上跑。 我说，这不可能。 我们这个赛季很糟糕。 我们要在地板上奔跑 我说，如果你要叫 t，你就叫 t，他说，好吧，很公平 今晚过得很愉快。 庆祝活动一直持续到更衣室，科尔甚至称之为”欣喜若狂。”
"It was euphoric in the locker room. You have to put it into context of what kind of season we've had; the frustration and the injuries and the losses piling up. Yesterday was the most fun day of the year for us because our guys know they have gotten a lot better, but for that work to pay off and to win a national TV game on Christmas Day against a great team, that's a really good accomplishment. That game was much bigger for us than it was for Houston. They're going to play in a lot of big games this year. For us that was as big as it's been and maybe as big as it will be all year, just in terms of the magnitude of the game. So in that context, our guys were really, really happy and they deserve to be happy."
“在更衣室里真是太爽了。 你必须把这个赛季放在一个大背景下来看: 挫折、伤病和累积的损失。 昨天对我们来说是一年中最有趣的一天，因为我们的队员知道他们已经进步了很多，但是为了让他们的努力得到回报，并且在圣诞节赢得全国电视比赛，对一支伟大的球队来说，那真是一个很好的成就。 那场比赛对我们来说比对休斯顿更重要。 他们今年会参加很多重要的比赛。 对我们来说，这场比赛也许是这一整年里规模会最大的了。 所以在那种情况下，我们的人真的真的很开心，他们应该开心。 ”科尔说。