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Rockets Slide Past Warriors in Season Opener

October 18, 2017 - 2:22 pm

Author: Brandon Golden 

Twitter: @BGoldenSC

 

The Warriors vs. Rockets season opener was one for the books as the Houston Rockets slid past the Golden State Warriors in an intense back and forth battle. With both teams being up-beat,  court runners, last nights (Oct. 17) game was a true experience, especially when two of the NBA's "super teams" go to head-to-head. As the Rockets made there way past the Warrior's, 122 - 121. 

The Rockets were led in scoring by James Harden (27 PTS 10 AST 6 REB), Eric Gordon (24 PTS) and PJ Tucker (20 PTS and 6 REB) ; with help from a rather quiet Chris Paul (4 PTS and 11 AST 8 REB). There was also the effrot from Ryan Anderson (13 PTS and 8 REB), Luc Mbah a Moute (14 PTS and 4 REB) and Clint Capella (12 PTS and 4 REB) that really he;lped the Rockets stay in the game, 

Although the Rockets won, we have to acknowledge that the Warrior's were not push-overs in last nights loss to Houston.

The Warriors were led by six man Nick Young, who had a huge game for the Warriors, scoring 23 points coming off the bench. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry also held their own with Durant dropping 20 points and dishing 7 assists and Curry scoring 22 points and racking 4 assists. Klay Thompson also made his presence felt scoring a modest 16 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. Golden State Warriors Head Coach, Steve Kerr responded to his teams performance in last nights loss at a press conference saying, "they looked tired". 

While Kerr was not necessarily happy about the Warriors performance in last nights loss, we can attribute the Rockets win to the outstanding play from the bench by Gordon, Mbah a Moute and Tucker. 

The Western Conference has four stand out teams that are stacked with multiple all-stars: the Warriors, the Rockets, the Thunder and the Spurs. While it will be fun to watch these teams compete against each other, the rest of conference is at an disadvantage; and I believe the advantages afforded by the west's super teams. Advantages that will more than likely be rather obvious when the less fortunate teams in the west face off against super teams in the western conference. 

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