Rockets fall into 0-2 hole against Warriors
OAKLAND, CA – The Houston Rockets are going to have pull out another series comeback if they want to advance to the NBA finals after they fall 98-99 to the Golden State Warriors and now trail their best-of-seven series 0-2. The Rockets and Warriors were tied at the half at 55 after the Rockets were able to overcome a 15-point deficit. After three quarters, the Rockets trailed by only two at 77-75. James Harden had the ball in his hands at the end with a chance to win but he was unable to get a shot off as Houston loses by a single point.
The Rockets were worried that they may have to play with center Dwight Howard but 30 minutes before tip, it was announce he would play. He came up big with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Harden had another strong game with 38 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists but Houston seems to have no answer the NBA’s MVP. Steph Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 33 points as he drilled another five 3-pointers in the game.
Harden talked about the final moments in the game, “It’s frustrating. Frustrating to give the game away like that for myself, but my teammates and coaches were behind me. Just saying,’ 10 out of 10 times we’ll take that play from you.’ It gave me confidence, but still frustrating when I know I could’ve at least got a shot up.”
Rockets head coach Kevin McHale added, ” I will take our best player coming downhill in a broken court any day of the week to win a game. I mean, that’s where James feasts.”
Howard said “It was a hard fought game and to lose by one, it kind of stings, but got to stay positive…It’s the first team to four wins, so we’re not going to stop fighting. We get an opportunity to go back home and play.”
Harden said, “We’re really confident about what we have going on. We let two slip away and so now we go back to Houston take care of business at home.”
Game three will be at the Toyota Center on Saturday night.