The Houston Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors on the opening night of the 2017-18 NBA season after Kevin Durant’s game-winning shot failed to beat the buzzer.
The Warriors entered the fourth quarter with a 13-point lead, but the Rockets fought back, led by James Harden who scored 27 points with 10 assists and 6 rebounds. Completing the comeback was P.J. Tucker, who hit two free throws with 30 seconds left in the game to give the Rockets their first lead since the opening basket of the game.
In the closing seconds, the Warriors were going for the win when a mad dash for a rebound ensued as precious seconds ticked away. Durant found the ball and drained his shot, sending the Oracle crowd into a frenzy. But replays showed that KD failed to get the ball out of his hand before the buzzer.
You can watch the chaotic final seconds play out below.
The deflating ending was one Warriors fans were not ready for heading into the night. Before the game, the Warriors held their championship ring ceremony and unveiled the banner to the gathered crowd.
That said, Golden State fans won’t be too worried about the loss — last season the Warriors lost their opener as well, and they ended the year with a 16-1 run through the playoffs.