Harden shrugs off loss; D’Antoni warns of trouble

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HOUSTON — After watching the Golden State Warriors snap the Houston Rockets’ nine-game win streak, James Harden needed folks to know what the 106-104 loss meant.

“It is OK,” Harden mentioned when answering a query that began with how the Rockets had been on a roll. “Yeah. Nah, it is all proper, man. We misplaced. We all know we did. Advantage of it’s we play once more on Friday. It is one loss.”

After all, a loss to the Warriors has the potential to hold extra weight than others, particularly for the Rockets, whom Golden State has eradicated in three of the previous 4 postseasons, together with final yr’s seven-game Western Convention finals.

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Houston coach Mike D’Antoni certainly bemoaned that his crew made too many errors and mentioned this needs to be one thing that may assist the Rockets extra than simply by watching movie.

“Nicely, it higher be,” D’Antoni mentioned of experiencing the Warriors stay versus making an attempt to study from movie. “Typically you do not study loads once you win. … If this did not get their consideration, then we’re in massive bother. It’s going to get their consideration. And we simply gotta determine some issues out and do a greater job.”

Not solely was Houston trying to win its 10th straight recreation on Wednesday, nevertheless it additionally had an opportunity to comb the season collection with Golden State for the primary time for the reason that 2009-10 season. The Warriors had been taking part in with out Kevin Durant, who was out with a sprained ankle.

Houston (42-26) trailed by 13 factors with four:52 left earlier than storming again with a 14-2 run. However after Harden made the primary of two free throws to get the Rockets to 106-104 with 6.four seconds left, he missed the second, and Houston couldn’t corral the rebound.

“Typically video games like this could sort of wake you up,” Houston guard Austin Rivers mentioned. “We gained 9 in a row … you sort of let go of the rope a bit bit or we make some errors that we have been getting away with perhaps towards among the groups we’ve been taking part in over the previous couple of weeks. I feel it was perhaps a reminder that once we play towards them, clearly, that is the purpose. The purpose is to match up with them, whether or not it’s second spherical or convention finals, no matter it could be.”

The Rockets had been outrebounded by Golden State 44-31. Regardless of Durant’s absence, the Rockets could not comprise Stephen Curry (24 factors), Klay Thompson (30 factors) or DeMarcus Cousins, who had maybe his greatest recreation as a Warrior with 27 factors, eight rebounds and 7 assists.

“They’re nonetheless the crew to beat,” Rivers mentioned. “Regardless of what number of instances one beats them within the common season, they’re nonetheless the champs, and no one knocks them off till you knock them off. Tonight was undoubtedly a great studying lesson for us, and we will certainly study from it.”

However as among the Rockets will say, this defeat to the Warriors (46-21) was only one loss within the massive image.

“Yeah, that is an ideal crew,” Houston middle Clint Capela mentioned. “Tonight, we lose by two, simply because they had been a bit higher within the particulars … They only did a great job, a bit bit higher than us.

“However that is OK. That is Three-1 [in the regular-season series].”

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