Despite being the top two teams in the NBA, the series between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors has been lopsided with blowout victories through the first three games.
However, game four brought all the drama NBA fans had been waiting for. And, in the end, it was the Rockets who made the plays down the stretch to close the game out and even the series at two games a piece.
James Harden scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 27 and the Houston Rockets used a big fourth quarter to hold off the Warriors for the 95-92 victory in the Western Conference finals Tuesday night.
Steph Curry scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds in the loss for the defending champs. The loss also snapped a franchise record 16-game postseason home winning streak.
The Rockets started the game down 12-0, but hit timely shots down the stretch and tough defense down the stretch to even the series.
The Warriors clearly felt the loss of Andre Iguodala who was ruled out of the game with a left knee injury before tip off.
“Well, obviously, he’s a great defender, and he’s a guy I think he led the league in assist to turnover ratio,” Golden State head Coach Steve Kerr. “ . . . You guys have heard me sing his praises for years. He’s an organizer. He’s a guy who settles us down. He continuously makes the right play.”
Game 5 is set for Thursday night in Houston. The Warriors will play its longest playoff round after closing out its first two series in five games.