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Houston Rockets 122-121 Golden State Warriors: 5 talking points

Gautam Varier
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James Harden led the Houston Rockets to an upset win over the Golden State Warriors
James Harden led the Houston Rockets to an upset win over the Golden State Warriors

Four of the best teams in the league went head to head on an incredible opening night of NBA action with the only dampener being the unfortunate injury suffered by Gordon Hayward. The Celtics and the Cavs played out a very close game and this one was no different.

The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets played what will definitely go down as one of the games of this season. An instant classic, Golden State led much of the way but Houston fought back with a late rally and won the game as Kevin Durant's potential game-winner didn't get off in time. While it was just the 1st game of the season, there were plenty of conclusions to be drawn out of it.


#5 Nick Young is a good fit for the Warriors

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors
Nick Young

Nick Young signing with the Warriors was met with skepticism by some but he is a perfect fit. Young provided a much-needed scoring spark off the bench and he had 20 points by halftime. While he won't be putting up those numbers often, his 3-point shooting off the bench will be vital for the Warriors this season.

Reason being, they do lack some shooters off the bench. Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, and Patrick McCaw aren't great 3-point shooters, so much of that responsibility falls on Young and Omri Casspi.

For much of his career, Young has been taking contested off the dribble shots, but with the Warriors, he can ease into more of a spot up role as the defense is mainly concerned with Durant, Curry, and Thompson. He didn't get many looks in the 2nd half, scoring only 3 points, but the initial signs are encouraging.

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