After a twelve game winning streak there started to be pride. Then there was the fall.
All it took was another James Harden triple double and the Warriors lost. I have been reading many articles on many sites and the pride in the writers who follow the Golden State Warriors were becoming very prideful. Questions were asked like will the Warriors ever lose again on the Blue Man Hoop website.
What I have found is that when scribes start writing articles like this, the fall comes pretty quickly. The overtime loss to the Houston Rockets of all teams will strike a blow.
Kevin Durant was his typical brilliant self, a double double in 48 minutes with 39 points and 13 rebounds. He also had two assists, three steals and three blocks.
Draymond Green missed a triple double by one assist. In 46 minutes he had 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assist.
Stephen Curry had 28 points, Klay Thompson had 15 points and Andre Iguodala had ten points.
The problem for the Warriors is that no one else scored more than four points, highlighting a lack of bench depth that will expose the Warriors in the long run.
I have been openly critical of James Harden in the past. In the past in games like this one that, Harden would have scored 40 to 50 points and the Rockets would have lost.
What happened tonight? Harden had a triple double with 29 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists. It is the 13 assists that is the most important number there. He involved his teammates in the game and came away with the win.
Ryan Anderson scored 29 points, Eric Gordon scored 23 points off the bench. Montrezl Harrell scored 13 points, Trevor Ariza scored 12, Sam Dekker scored 11 points and Clint Capela scored 10 points.
This team basketball will be what defeats the Warriors at some point in the Western Conference Playoffs.
Golden State, beware the pride, otherwise the fall will be as great as last season where they had a 73-9 record, just an NBA record with no Championship.