"I think a lot of these games when you get in the playoffs with teams that are very talented and really great teams, it often comes down to which one has the edge in terms of the aggression and the desperation," Kerr told reporters. "They were desperate tonight, and they played like it. And we didn't. And the results showed."
"We got what we deserved," Kerr added.
The 22-point loss was the fourth-worst since Kerr took over as the Warriors' head coach in 2014, according to ESPN Stats & Info, and it wasn't hard to see why.
Not only were the Rockets shooting better from three—they went 16-of-42 from distance—but they also had five players finish in double figures and three (James Harden, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker) who registered at least 22 points.
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Conversely, Kevin Durant (38 points, 13-of-22 shooting) was the lone Warriors player who logged at least 20 points. In fact, Durant outscored all other Warriors starters combined by three points—Stephen Curry (16 points), Klay Thompson (eight points), Draymond Green (six points) and Andre Iguodala (five points) all struggled to find a rhythm.
If there's a silver lining for the defending champions, it's that they still stole Game 1 on Houston's home floor and will head back to the Bay Area with a chance to rip off a pair of wins and take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Game 3 will tip off Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.