Video: Kevin Durant just late on potential game-winner attempt vs. Rockets
As fate would have it, the Rockets escaped the season-opener with the 122-121 victory.
Here’s a look at the final sequence, in which Stephen Curry also had a shot for the lead:
Durant finished with 20 points and seven assists with eight turnovers and four blocks.
The Warriors raced out of the gates, scoring 97 points through three quarters before the Rockets stormed back to outscore them, 34-20 in the fourth.
Houston did this despite Chris Paul sitting on the bench for the final minutes of the game. In his Rockets debut, Paul managed four points and 11 assists in 33 minutes.
James Harden led the way scoring 27 points with 10 assists.
The Rockets took their first lead of the game since 2-0 when P.J. Tucker made two free throws with 44 seconds left to give Houston a 122-121 lead.
The Warriors played down the stretch without one of their stars as well with Draymond Green leaving for the locker room with an injury and hardly playing the fourth quarter. He still nearly got a triple-double with nine points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.
The Warriors play next on the road against the Pelicans on Friday. Houston takes on the Kings on the road tomorrow night.