James Harden and the Houston Rockets escaped with a 112-108 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 to even their NBA Western Conference semifinal series.
Harden scored 38 components and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Rockets dug out of an 0-2 hole with one different scrappy defensive effectivity Monday night.
“When you’re dealing with these guys, if you let Klay [Thompson] and Steph [Curry] run around and shoot 3s, you don’t have no chance,” Harden instructed reporters. “The only chance we have is to be in to their bodies and make every shot that they take contested.”
The Rockets led by as lots as 15 components early throughout the fourth quarter. Houston’s lead dwindled to 9 sooner than the Warriors rattled off the next seven components. Golden State degree guard Stephen Curry drained a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left to cut the Warriors’ deficit to 110-108.
Harden remodeled one amongst two free throws with 11.5 seconds remaining. The Warriors had prime scoring prospects to tie the game, nevertheless Kevin Durant and Curry each missed 3-pointers. Rockets degree guard Chris Paul was intentionally fouled and iced the game by making one amongst two free throws with 2.9 seconds left.
“We got a couple of wide-open looks,” Durant instructed reporters. “They just didn’t fall for us.”
Durant had 34 components, seven rebounds and 5 assists in 43 minutes. Curry, who shot 7-for-23 in Game 3, scored 11 components throughout the first quarter. He had 30 components (12-of-25 taking footage), eight assists and 4 boards.
Warriors forward Draymond Green had 15 components, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Klay Thompson scored 11 components on 5-of-15 taking footage.
Houston guard Eric Gordon had 20 components and 4 rebounds. Paul registered 13 components, eight rebounds and 5 assists. Rockets forward PJ Tucker had a double-double with 17 components and 10 rebounds.