Kevin Durant says the Warriors' "Hamptons 5" lineup is not invincible after 22-point loss

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For the first time since they signed Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors failed to secure a 2-0 lead in a playoff series as they suffered a heavy loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. 

The Rockets tied the Western Conference Finals at 1-1 after claiming a huge 127-105 victory at home. 

This stat shows just how dominant the Dubs have been since they added Durant to their team and it also validates Houston as their toughest opponent in the west. 

The Game 2 loss was also the biggest postseason defeat the defending champions have suffered with KD. 

Golden State was blown off the Toyota Center court by a Rockets team that was firing on all cylinders on both ends of the floor. 

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Two

The Warriors are not used to being outplayed in this manner, particularly when they have their most potent lineup. 

With their "Hamptons 5" lineup of Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, they've had a lot of success on the floor and were terrific in Game 1. 

As good as Houston is, not many could've predicted a 22-point loss with only two of those players scoring in double figures. 

Durant was outstanding once again and carried his team for much of the night as he ended with 38 points. 

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Two

His four fellow starters combined for 35 points with Curry the only one of those in double digits with 16. 

Speaking after the game, the former Oklahoma City Thunder star didn't sound too shocked by the lack of production from his teammates as he explained that they can't be perfect every night. 

"We're not invincible," Durant told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami. "We're not the juggernauts of the NBA. We're a good team, but that's a great team on the other end, as well.

"That's the beauty of the game, man. Some games you're going to get knocked out. Some games you're going to get punched in the face. How you respond, that's the beauty of it."

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Two

In truth, the Oakland-based outfit could afford an off night as they already stole home court advantage with a Game 1 win. 

With 15 consecutive wins at home in the playoffs, they will surely fancy their chances to win all three of their games at Oracle Arena to advance to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year. 

A win in the Bay Area on Sunday night would also see them break another record with 16 wins in a row at home. 

With this thrilling series now finely poised, there's still a lot more drama in store. 

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