OAKLAND—Tuesday, October 17 was opening night in the NBA. The Houston Rockets spoiled the Golden State Warriors by erasing a 17-point deficit, escaping Oracle Arena with a thrilling victory, 122-121.
Pregame, the Warriors were presented with their NBA Championship rings; it resembles a shiny jewel encrusted Condor egg. The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead, behind Steph Curry’s 22 points and new Warrior Nick Young. Swaggy P scored 23 points off the bench. The Warriors seemed unstoppable, a staggering 93 percent of NBA GM’s picked DUB Nation to repeat as NBA champs. It was the first time an NBA champ lost opening night since the 2011-2012 Dallas Mavericks.
For sports fans, this is a sacred time of year. All of the four major sports (NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL) are in action. The Rockets need time to work out the dynamic between James Harden and newest Houston Rocket, Chris Paul. These two gifted magicians with the rock have always had the ball in their hands to create their entire career.
Harden led all scorers with a game high 27 points. While Paul only scored 4 points in his debut, his tenacious defense inspired the team.
These Warriors are so efficient and on the same page, it becomes dizzying to follow the ball. Kevin Durant poured in 20 points. After Houston captured their first lead of the night, KD was looking to play the hero. After a missed three-point attempt by Curry; Durant scrambled for the loose ball and launched a floater that went in.
The arena was shaking, that is until instant replay showed the ball was still in Durant’s hand as the clock hit zero. The basket was waived off, and an unthinkable upset was complete.
The turning point of the game was when Draymond Green left the game with a sprained knew. Despite Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson- this is Draymond’s team. The Rockets capitalized on the loss of the Warriors best defender. Outscoring the Warriors 34-20 in the fourth quarter.
Pace yourself gentleman, we still have another 81 games to go!