Anytime an NBA team can come into Oracle Arena and beat the Golden State Warriors on their home court, it is a huge deal. In the last few years, the Warriors have only lost a hand full of times on their home court. Thursday night, the visiting Rockets knew they would have to come in and play an almost flawless game to get the win. Houston outlasted the home Warriors in a double overtime thriller, with the final score being 132-127. The Rockets played very tough all night long, but it was the poor shooting of the Warriors that put the Rockets over the edge and gave them the big win.
The Rockets ended the Warriors 12 game winning streak and were able to get it done on the Warriors home court. The game had 14 lead changes throughout the night and when it seemed one team had taken control, the other team would come battling back to take the lead. An alarming stat from the game last night was that there were 88 total 3 point attempts made. That is a new NBA record for the most 3 point attempts ever in a game. By the end of the night, everyone on the floor looked exhausted, but the visiting team was able to hang on late for the win.
Kevin Durant kept the Warriors in the game throughout regulation and a lot of his teammates missed a lot of shots all night long. However, once they reached overtime, the scenario for Durant was a lot different, and the heavy minutes load seemed to weigh on Durant’s legs. In total, he played 49 on Thursday night. In the last 10 minutes of both overtime periods, Durant went 1-of-7 shooting after sniping his way to an 11-of-21 shooting line in regulation. “Just missed shots,” Durant said. “Felt good going up. I just missed them.” Anytime you miss shots at the end of the game, no matter which team you are, most likely you are going to lose.
Without Durant’s lethal shooting in the overtimes, Golden State didn’t have much else; especially in double overtime. Because that’s when Stephen Curry fouled out, picking up his sixth whistle on a drive late in the game. Without Curry in the game, the Rockets were able to take advantage and did not look back. James Harden, the Houston guard, had a monster game and led his team to victory over his old teammate, Kevin Durant. Harden finished the game with a triple-double on the night and the Warriors were all frustrated after the game. “Just losing a little bit of focus in that situation,” Curry said. “Then you allow for the opportunity for a tough whistle to affect my minutes in the game. Got to be better early and understand once you get one, avoid putting yourself in that situation.”