As the Rockets were seeking the record-breaking three-pointer, things got a bit chippy. However, the Rockets have no regrets for how things went.
Houston fired in a NBA-record-tying 23 three-pointers against the Warriors in a 140-109 win. As time was winding down, Golden State refused to allow Houston a crack at the record breaker, fouling the Rockets before they could get their shots off. Tempers boiled over. Hard fouls were doled out, as were technicals and flagrants.
Either way, the Rockets were not about to apologize for the way they played.
"We didn't mean any disrespect," Jeremy Lin said. "I think we tried to play the same way the whole time. I think the crowd kind of got into it and kind of fed into it a little bit, but I don't think none of us were like, 'We need to set up a play to get a three' so we didn't mean any disrespect to them. The only thing I think we need to apologize for is just the reaction after the (Beverley) dunk. To be honest, I don't think that was totally classy on our behalf, so apologies from us, but we didn't mean any disrespect."
"We just play," Kevin McHale said. "We shoot a lot of three's. I mean, that's just what we do. If we were going to get them in the flow, we were going to get them. Mark (Jackson) didn't want it to happen, he fouled, and I have no problem with how they played. Mark's got to coach his team. I have no problem at all with that."
"Honestly, I don't think we did anything wrong," Chandler Parsons said. "We played basketball the way we play for 48 minutes and I think they let the crowd get into their head a little bit and fouled Patrick (Beverley) hard. It happens. It's competitive out there. No one wants to get a record or whatever on them. At the end of the day, it's just a win."
And that's what it was. This round went to the Rockets. The rematch takes place next Tuesday at Golden State.