The Golden State Warriors were awarded their championship rings before they faced the Houston Rockets in Oracle Arena.
On a high coming off their ceremony, they jumped out to a quick double-digit lead. The Warriors held on to that lead for most of the game. The usual suspects did their damage but it was a surprise performance by Nick Young that helped keep the Warriors up. Young came off the bench and dropped 23 points, hitting 6/7 from beyond the arc. Golden State held a 13-point lead heading into the final period.
Eric Gordon then led the Rockets on a comeback in the fourth quarter. With his outside jumper failing him, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year focused on attacking the basket. He got the Rockets to within striking distance, setting the stage for James Harden and PJ Tucker to hit clutch baskets and give Houston the lead.
Golden State still had a chance to win the game but Steph Curry missed a three and Kevin Durant’s last second jumper was released after the buzzer, allowing the Rockets to escape with the win.
Durant at the buzzer…
Just another night in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/xpe5v6kBN6
— Agent of NBA Chaos (@World_Wide_Wob) October 18, 2017
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