HOUSTON— It was a fun season, but too bad it's over for the Rockets after a disappointing loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.
The Rockets took the lead in Game 7, with the Warriors trailing 54- 43 at halftime, but not even James Harden's 32 points, six assists and four steals could pull the Rockets through in the second half.
"We missed shots defensively. I thought we played well, but we just didn't make shots," said Rockets Guard Trevor Ariza. "It hurts bad but we fought hard."
The Warriors, who are known for being a third-quarter team, took advantage of the Rockets, who missed 27 straight 3-point attempts in the 2nd half—a new playoff record for the team.
But Harden's shooting game was only part of the problem in Game 7. Rockets Point Guard Chris Paul was injured during the fourth quarter of Game 5, which the team feels played a huge part in losing the following two games.
"It's definitely tough because when everyone counted us out before the season started, we knew we had a chip on our shoulders," said Rockets Guard Eric Gordon. "It's tough. We're going into a game where we had to have so small a margin of error, we had too many mistakes."
"It would have been a different game with Chris," Rockets Center Clint Capela added.
The city of Houston has taken the 101- 92 playoff loss against the Warriors very hard, but Rockets Guard Gerald Green says he wants the community to cheer up because something special is coming.
"I feel like I let everyone down, but we are on the right path," said Green. "I know something special will happen for the Rockets in the future."