Steve Kerr

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was unhappy with his team's effort after losing to the Rockets in Game 2

The Rockets levelled the series with a 127-105 blowout at home, spearheaded by James Harden’s 27 points and 10 rebounds as Eric Gordon contributed 27 points from the bench with a maverick display of three-point shooting.

Speaking after the loss, coach Kerr suggested the Warriors did not show enough desire to win the game as they were out-rebounded, 36 to 47, while giving up 15 turnovers on the night.

“I think this game was a matter of the Rockets bringing the force that is necessary to win a game and we did not,” Kerr said.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant scored 38 points – but his Warriors side fell short

“We had seven turnovers in the first quarter, we set the tone early with our own play and allowed them to get some confidence, some easy buckets in transition.

“We let guys get going a little bit but give them the credit, they came out and played a great game.

“They got everybody going, so we got what we deserved.

“They kicked out butts, no other way to say it.”

Kevin Durant produced another magnificent performance with 38 points, but Steph Curry was held to just 16 and Klay Thompson remained in single figures (8) as the Rockets’ defence strangled the defending champions’ high-powered offence.

“They played a lot harder than they did in the first game,” Kerr continued.

James Harden

James Harden registered a playoff double-double, scoring 27 points with his 10 rebounds

“They played with more confidence and made a few adjustments that were effective. They did a good job.

“I think a lot of these games, when you get in the playoffs with teams that are very talented and are really great teams, it often comes down to which one has the edge in terms of the aggression and desperation.

“They were desperate tonight and they played like it, we did not.”

Game 3, from the Oracle Arena in San Francisco, begins on Monday night at 1am GMT.

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