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Houston Rockets: 3 things we learned on opening night

Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images
Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images
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Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images
Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

Opening night began with a thrilling victory for the Houston Rockets over the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

The season took flight a few nights ago and what a start it was! It began as a somber evening after the horrific injury to Gordon Hayward in Cleveland. However, it was also ring night for the Golden State Warriors. In came the new look Houston Rockets to spoil the party. With a thrilling 122-121 victory, there was quite a bit to take away from this game.

Quick recap

The Warriors led by as much as 17 points during the game. Fueled by Eric Gordon off the bench, the Rockets simply would not go away. Gordon and Ryan Anderson saved a possession, and the ball found a wide open Trevor Ariza for a three pointer that cut the lead down to 1, with 2:09 left in the game.

New additions P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute had impressive debuts, which will be discussed in further detail.

Overall, it’s a great start to the season, but a lot of work still lies ahead for this team.

Today, we’ll look at three things that Red Nation and the rest of the NBA learned about the Rockets.

Spoiler alert, these Rockets are true contenders.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Next: No. 3

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