Golden State led by as much as 17 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, however they would find themselves battling down to the last seconds of Wednesdays game but would scrape a win by the score of 99-98.
After trailing early in the game the Warriors would lead by as much as 17 in the first half before heading into halftime tied at 55.
Head coach Steve Kerr talked about Houston losing by a shorter margin in the playoffs as opposed to the regular season.
"This is how the playoffs go. You're playing great teams. You're playing teams that are generally a lot more in tune with game planning and preparation, and generally speaking healthier. Houston is healthier than what we saw in the regular season."
Rockets center Dwight Howard who banged knees with teammate Josh Smith in Game 1 was listed as questionable for Wednesdays game but showed no signs of injury finishing with 19 points.
"I just tried to play as hard as I could tonight. I didn't think about it at all. See how it feels tomorrow, but I just wanted to play this game for my teammates - all I could give them, despite whatever happened with my knee," stated Howard afterwards.
James Hardens offense kept Houston in the game as well as their strong defense.
Although they are down 2-0 Golden State fans need not get comfortable like Clippers fans did in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Houston climbed out of a hole doing what only a few NBA teams have done and rose from a 3-1 deficit to win that series.
"We're playing a lot better, as well, too," said Harden about keeping their confidence although they are 0-2 in this series. "We had plenty of opportunities to win both of the games, so we have all the confidence in the world."
With Golden States consecutive 130th sellout crowd of 15,596 at ORACLE Houston stayed in the Warriors rear view mirror throughout the second half. With the game winding down the Rockets went on a 6-1 run with a little over 40 seconds left but Harden would cough up the ball on the final play of the game.
"It is just unfortunate that we didn't get a shot up but they made a great play at the end of the game to get a stop and get a win," said Rockets veteran Trevor Ariza.
In the NBA a win is a win, however Draymond Green feels the Dubbs haven't played well.
"We haven't played well at all, we haven't put it all together yet, but it's like that sometimes. To be up here sitting 2-0 that's big."
Houston looks to make up for the two losses at ORACLE in their next two games at home Saturday and Monday.