“We just settled for a lot of isos at the top. We didn't make them make enough decisions defensively,” said Kerr, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “This game was sort of trench warfare. It was just everybody grinding it out, lot of isolation. I guess this is the modern NBA.”
The Warriors had already begun to show a lot of iso tendencies by exploiting a mismatch against every defender on the floor with Kevin Durant, but the perennial scoring assassin wasn't his usually-efficient self, shooting only 9-of-24 en route to his 27 points.
Coming off a breakout game, Stephen Curry was also a lot better contained, mired in a poor 10-of-26 shooting night while only attempting two free throws late in the fourth quarter — the only pair he'd take in the game.
Neither team reached 100 points or shot over 40 percent from the field for the first time in the series, a recipe for a low-scoring game in this war of attrition the Rockets ultimately pulled off to even out the series.
Golden State had a postseason-low 14 assists and 16 turnovers, remaining rather stagnant on offense and without the signature ball movement that has made the team so successful over the past four years.
The Warriors now face a daunting task of stealing another game on the road with the Rockets regaining their home court advantage and the momentum going into the latter end of the series.