The Golden State Warriors were presented their 2016-2017 NBA Championship Rings in a ceremony that took place right before their first game of the season against the Houston Rockets. Legendary Warriors players were present alongside an anxious crowd ready to see their team try and best their 67-15 record last season.
The game started off just as planned for the Warriors, getting off to an early 19-9 lead. Even with the addition of Chris Paul, it seemed like the Rockets were no match for the unselfish play and overall greatness of the Warriors.
At half, the Warriors found themselves up 9 points, 71-62. Coming out of the half, it seemed like the Warriors were going to run away with the game as they started on a quick 6-0 run. But the Rockets somehow kept it close going into the 4th quarter, being down only 13 points.
It was the final quarter where the Rockets really turned it on, outscoring the Warriors 34-20. After trailing the Warriors the entire game, they found themselves with a 1 point lead with 44 seconds to go.
The final play of the game seemed like it was scripted for Warriors fans. With 7 seconds left, they went to Curry. He missed his 3-point attempt, but after the ball was batted around multiple times, Kevin Durant ended up with the ball and went up with it. The ball went straight through the hoop at the buzzer and the crowd went wild. But unfortunately for the Warriors, after review, the ball didn’t leave Durant’s hands in time and the shot did not count.
Check out the amazing game highlights below: