The Golden State Warriors cruised past the Dwight Howard-less Houston Rockets in their first two meetings.
Howard finally played against the league's best team over the weekend and the result was even worse thanks to the "Splash Brothers."
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the Warriors can establish a franchise record with a 17th straight home victory Wednesday night and sweep the Rockets for the first time in 41 seasons.
Golden State (33-6) beat Houston 98-87 on Nov. 8 and 105-93 on Dec. 10, though Howard missed both contests - once due to the flu and once due to a right knee strain.
Howard was available Saturday with team highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds in the Warriors' 131-106 rout in Houston.
That output didn't mean much since Curry and Thompson each scored 27 as Golden State shot 54.9 percent and led by as many as 31 points.
The Rockets (29-13) surrendered their highest point total in 120 games.
"We just got to be a lot better," coach Kevin McHale said. "We did not put up any kind of fight, we had no effort versus that team last time."
NBA leading scorer James Harden was held to 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting for his third-lowest output in that blowout. Harden bounced back with a season-high 45 in Monday's 110-98 home win over Indiana.
"He's playing at an elite level that few players get to," McHale said. "He's really playing well and we've put a lot of responsibility on him."
Harden is averaging 22.7 points on 39.4 percent shooting in the season series. He is eager to try to prevent Golden State from sweeping Houston for the first time since winning all four games in 1973-74.
"The beat us three times already so it's a good opportunity on national TV to go out there and play against the No. 1, No. 2 team in the league right now," Harden said.
The Warriors crushed Denver 122-79 on Monday to extend their longest single-season home win streak to 16 games. Thompson had 22 points in 23 minutes and Curry had 20 and eight assists in 25.
"This is so unique to have a group pull for each other that exhibits the selflessness where, from one night to the next, somebody isn't going to get a lot of points or a lot of shots," coach Steve Kerr said. "And it doesn't seem to bother them."
The Warriors also won 16 in a row at home over two seasons in 1950 and 1959 when the franchise was in Philadelphia. They can surpass the 18-1 home start by the 1975-76 club as their best.
Curry is averaging 27.0 points on 57.7 percent shooting in the season series and Thompson is averaging 19.0 points. The Warriors are averaging 56.0 points in the paint - 9.9 above their season average - 20.0 off turnovers and 19.3 on the fast break in those games.
Golden State, which averages an NBA-best 20.5 fast-break points, is 17-0 when scoring at least 22 in transition.
The Warriors have clamped down on Patrick Beverley, who missed the first meeting with a rib injury before totaling 23 points on 9-of-28 shooting in the next two.