A baby shower can be a lot of fun, but it’s even more fun when it involves the NBA’s best teams.
That’s what happened this week when the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors were scheduled to meet in the NBA Finals for the third time.
That meant it was time to look back at the best games from the past two decades of the Houston-Golden State showdown, and pick out the best moments.
Here are the best game-by-game highlights from that classic Rockets-Warriors matchup.
Here’s how the games were played:It was a classic Rockets/Warriors playoff showdown, with the Rockets trailing the Warriors in the first quarter before Houston got to the free throw line in the second quarter to tie it at 94-all.
Golden State responded by hitting five of its first six free throws to tie the game at 105-all and the Warriors scored nine points in the final minute of the first half to pull away.
But as Houston got closer to the end, the Warriors pulled ahead again with three straight baskets in the third quarter to take a 99-all lead into the final seconds.
Houston never trailed in the game, but Golden State kept pushing, eventually scoring four straight points to get within three at 100-100 with 1:39 left in the quarter.
Golden State got another two free throws from Kyle Korver to tie at 104-all with 1.8 seconds remaining and Korver’s three-pointer with 9.3 seconds left gave the Warriors a 99.9 percent chance of winning.
It was a rare night of clutch basketball, but also one that gave Houston fans something to remember for the rest of the postseason.
This is how the Rockets got the ball up with 11:18 remaining in the half:It’s been a long road for the Rockets since the 2013 NBA Finals, but this was a good start.
Houston had won the first two games of the series, but the Warriors went on to win two straight games, and they have won four straight in Houston.
This series was the Rockets’ first playoff series since the 2007 NBA Finals.
Golden States’ win against the Cavs in the 2017 NBA Finals was the first time they won a series after winning it in Houston in the 2007-08 season.
It was the Warriors’ first championship series since 2006.
The Rockets won it in 2012 and 2013, but they lost the next two seasons in Houston and New Orleans.
This was the final regular-season game between the Rockets and Warriors, but there were other highlights that made the series even more memorable.
The first came with 11 seconds remaining when James Harden scored his 11th triple-double of the season.
He also had 13 assists and nine rebounds.
This game started off with the Warriors running down the clock and the Rockets just trying to get back into it, but then James Harden hit a 3-pointer to give the Rockets a 106-102 lead with 10:06 remaining.
They didn’t lose again until the next possession, when Korver scored six straight points, and then the Warriors got the rebound on a turnover and scored on a drive to put the game away.
This was the only time Houston ever lost a game in the Finals after a series win.
The next game was the second best game of the Rockets-Draymond Green series, which started with Green scoring 25 points in a win over the Clippers.
The next game featured Green scoring 28 points in Game 2, but he went off for a game-high 34 points in Games 1 and 3.
Green finished the game with 24 points, five assists and five rebounds.
This game was also the first in which both teams scored at least 100 points.
The Warriors outscored Houston 57-31 in the paint in the series.
This matchup featured the Rockets in their third straight championship.
The Cavs had won four of their last five games, but were still favored to win this series.
James Harden was the MVP of that series, scoring 32 points and dishing out six assists and six rebounds.
The game ended with a 3 by James Harden.
This is the first NBA Finals in which the Cavs scored at or over 100 points for a win.
This one featured the Warriors beating the Rockets for the second time in three games.
It started with a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
James Jones led all scorers with 27 points and nine assists.
This win gave the Cavs their first championship in franchise history and gave them another championship for the first of two.
This matchup was the last of the five games in which James Harden played for the Golden States.
This had to be the most epic game of any of the four games, as the Warriors were coming off of a 105-101 win over Golden State in Game 1.
They came out with a dominant game plan, and the Cavaliers had to settle for a 114-114 loss.
The series went into overtime.
This came with James Harden scoring 22 points in his first