The Rockets Don't Think They Got a Fair Whistle, and the Warriors Don't Want to Hear It

April 29, 2019 - 10:12 am

HOUSTON (Sports Radio 610) -- The Houston Rockets' final shot Sunday afternoon was a perfect and frustrating ending to their 104-100 Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

With 9.1 seconds left on the clock, James Harden missed what a potential game-tying 3-pointer, but it appeared Draymond Green might have stepped into his landing spot.

A foul was not called, and after Chris Paul ran down the offensive rebound on the left sideline, his pass to Eric Gordon sailed out of bounds. Paul then appeared to bump official Josh Tiven, who handed the Rockets guard his second technical foul of the game, leading to an ejection.

The officiating was a point of contention for the Rockets all day. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni was assessed a technical right after Paul was hit with his first late in the third quarter. That gave the Warriors two free points, and the Warriors led by seven going into the last 12 minutes. The Warriors built their lead to as many as nine, but Nene Hilario's hook shot exactly six minutes into the period tied the game. Kevin Durant answered with a pair of free throws to give Golden State a lead it never gave up.

Harden's three-point play with 40.4 seconds left brought the Rockets within two, but on the Warriors' next possession, Stephen Curry was isolated against Nene and drained a 3-pointer over him. Harden's layup made it a one possession game again, and the Rockets forced a turnover, which gave Harden that shot to try and tie the game.

Harden led the Rockets with 35 points, but he shot just 9-of-28 from the field. Eric Gordon added 27, and Paul scored 17. Clint Capela finished with just four points and six rebounds.

Durant's 35 points led the Warriors, and Curry added 18.

Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. 

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