Rockets Sneak Past Warriors to Even Series
By Oscar Heanue
The Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors, 95-92, in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena on Tuesday. The series is now tied, 2-2.
Golden State got the early jump, starting the game on a 19-7 run. After a 41-point blowout win in Game 4, it looked as though the Warriors were ready to make quick work of the Rockets again in Oakland. However, superstar guard James Harden scored seven second-quarter points while leading a run that helped the Rockets tie the game up at 41-41. The Warriors again began to pull away in the third quarter, taking a 12-point lead following a quick run. Houston whittled down that deficit, too, though, and was able to take the lead with under four minutes remaining in regulation. The Rockets hardly helped themselves down the stretch, shooting multiple airballs and committing a shot-clock violation in the final two minutes. Despite that, the Warriors were unable to come back, due largely to struggles with shot selection. Golden State missed its last eight three-point attempts and settled for a contested turnaround jumper on the potential game-winning possession as time expired.
Harden was the game's top scorer with 30 points, which included three made three-pointers. Perhaps equally important for the Rockets, however, was P.J. Tucker, who led the game with 16 rebounds. Tucker also came away with crucial boards to help Houston keep the lead in the final minute. Veteran All-Star Chris Paul added another 27 points in the win, shooting 10-of-20 from the field along the way.
For the Warriors, Steph Curry led the team with 28 points despite shooting just 10-of-26 from the field. Kevin Durant pitched in another 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double, scoring 11 points to go with 14 rebounds and eight assists. All-Star guard Klay Thompson was non-existent in the loss, though, pitching in just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.
The teams will return to Houston for Game 5 on Thursday.
Posted on May 22, 2018 at 11:49 PM ET
By Oscar Heanue
39 percent shooting from the field was all it took for the Houston Rockets to earn a Game 4 victory on Tuesday night. Star guards James Harden and Chris Paul combined to score 57 of the team's 95 points as they stole one from the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Houston thrived at the free-throw line, going 23-of-27 on its attempts from the stripe. Small forward P.J. Tucker also made a big impact, grabbing 16 rebounds to lead all players.
For Golden State, former MVPs Steph Curry and Kevin Durant combined for 55 points. It was a tough night, though, for All-Star guard Klay Thompson, who shot just 4-of-13 en route to 10 points. This included a missed three-pointer and missed mid-range shot in the final 40 seconds of game time. The team as a whole struggled to get to the free-throw line at the same rate as the Rockets, finishing with only 14 free-throw attempts.
Posted on May 22, 2018 at 11:55 PM ET