OAKLAND — Even as Kevin Durant matched his season high with 39 points, the Golden State Warriors lost for the first time in nearly a month on Thursday night, falling 132-127 to the Houston Rockets in double overtime.
While Durant recorded his second game with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds as a Dub, Golden State’s newest superstar went quiet in overtime — just like his teammates — as he only hit a single bucket following the conclusion of the second half.
“There’s going to be nights like that and you’ve got to find a way to win,” Durant said. “We put ourselves in a good position to win [but we didn’t get it done].”
The loss to the Rockets brings an end to the Warriors’ 12-game win streak. During that stretch, the team had been outscoring the opposition by an average margin of 17.9 points.
“It’s easy to execute when you’re winning by a lot of points,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “But under pressure with a tough game going on, you have to be able to execute better than we did.”
Both Steph Curry and Draymond Green fouled out in the second period of overtime. Green who drew a technical foul in the second quarter, was also assessed a Flagrant 1 in the final minutes of the game after inadvertently kicking James Harden in the head.
“I really don’t have a perspective on it,” Green said after the game, as he clearly tried his best to avoid drawing a fine with a controversial comment.
“That ain’t my job. They’ve got a whole replay center. They’ve got like three officials out there. They’ve got a league office that makes rules. That ain’t really my job to assess it. I just play.”
Green also suggested that the refs had missed other flagrants earlier in the game.
“I thought there were other calls that could have been called flagrant, too,” Green said. “So, I’m the impression that if you’re hit in the head — incidental contact — I think that’s a flagrant foul if I’m not mistaken, in the rule book. So, I don’t know. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll got read the rule book. Maybe I’m wrong, but if I’m not mistaken I’m right. So, who knows?”
The matchup, which pitted two of the top three-point shooting teams didn’t disappoint in that regard, as the Rockets and Warriors combined to launch 88 shots from beyond the arc.
The Warriors shot 27 percent from downtown, as Durant, Curry and Klay Thompson all struggled to find a rhythm.
“I think we definitely had an off night,” Green said. “Look at this stat sheet. K[D] was 3-for-11 from three. Klay was 3-for-13 from three. Steph was 4-for-13 from three. My 0-for-2 was pretty normal.”
“But those numbers ain’t normal. So, dang. Ten for — let me get my math right. 10-for-37? I’m going to bet my money on them that they’re going to make those shots. I think it was an off night.”Golden State WarriorsHouston RocketsNBA