Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors: The defending NBA Finals champions looked to open the season with a bang. Players from the 2016-2017 championship team was awarded their rings before their highly-anticipated matchup with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets were going to unveil their big-time acquisition: Chris Paul, the former point guard from the Los Angeles Clippers. After raising their new Championship banner in the rafters, the game began with Warriors domination.
Klay Thompson was making it rain from downtown, keeping momentum on the Warriors side. Even though the Warriors were dominating the game, the Rockets did not go away that easy. The first quarter ended when James Harden nailed a step-back three-pointer in front of the step-back king himself, Stephen Curry.
One of the biggest storylines of this game was Nick “Swaggy P” Young. An offseason acquisition for the Warriors, Nick Young put up big numbers in the first half that really set the tone for the game. With that being said, the halftime score of this game was 71-62, in favor of the Warriors. In the second half, players like Eric Gordon, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, and others balled out to make this game really close. However, midway through the third quarter, Draymond Green left the game with a knee sprain and would not return. The most interesting part of the game was the last three minutes. Trevor Ariza made a big-time three-pointer to make the score 119-118 in favor of the Rockets. Points by James Harden and PJ Tucker made the score 122-121 with 10 seconds left in the game.
On that final possession, Steph Curry missed a three-pointer and Kevin Durant got the offensive rebound. Kevin Durant puts up a baseline jumper and nails it at the buzzer. The Warriors won the game. Sike. The play was reviewed and the call of a made basket by Kevin Durant was overturned because he did not get it off in time. Therefore, the Rockets stunned the Warriors in an epic spoiler with the final score, 122-121. In this contest, James Harden had 27 points, six rebounds, and 10 assists. Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker both had over 20 points in this contest. Before his injury, Draymond Green nearly had a triple-double with nine points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists. Nick “Swaggy P” Young had 23 points off the bench. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant both had over 20 points.
These two games both lived up to the hype after the craziest and most bizarre offseason of all time. With the classic Cavaliers-Celtics matchup and the Rockets stunning the Warriors during their Championship celebrations. These two matchups here have shown that it’s anybody’s game in the NBA. I believe that this will be one of the craziest seasons in the NBA, and we’ll just have to wait and see what is in store for this season.
Shawn Yeboah, a freshman, studies Biomedical engineering. He is a staff writer for Le Provocateur.