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Rockets Hold On To Even Series

Series tied 2-2 headed back to the Bay

May 07, 2019 - 2:22 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- The Rockets had to dodge a couple of late bullets, but they will head back to Oakland with their Western Conference Semifinal series all tied up after winning game four 112-108 Monday night at Toyota Center.

An 8-2 run to start the fourth quarter gave the Rockets a 15 point lead with 9:12 to play, but the Warriors battled back. Even After P.J. Tucker dunk off Chris Paul's made it a 10-point game with 4:03 left on the clock the game wasn't over. Golden State pulled to within seven when Kevin Durant hit a 17-footer with 2:12 to go, and after Chris Paul missed from the same distance, Stephen Curry found Draymond Green for a layup to bring the Rockets lead down to 5. The team's traded empty possesions, but with 19.3 seconds remaining, Curry drained a three. The Warriors had to foul in order to extend the game, and James Harden made his first attempt only to miss the second. After a timeout the Warriors found themselves with a great opportunity to tie the game.

Durant recieved the inbounds pass from Andre Iguodala and found himself wide open from 29-feet out, but his shot was too strong. The Rockets were unable to secure the rebound as Green tapped the ball to Durant who found Curry from 34 feet away, but with Harden and Austin Rivers contesting, his shot was off the mark as well. Paul collected the rebound and after a foul with 2.9 seconds to go missed the first free throw only to make the second, sealing the win.

Harden's 38 points on 13-of-29 shooting led the Rockets. He added 10 rebounds and four assists.

Eric Gordon scored 20, 10 of which came in the third quarter that started with the Rockets on a 16-6, turning a seven-point halftime lead into 17. Golden State brought that lead down to six, but with 2.9 seconds left in the period, Paul found Harden on an out of bounds play for a layup.

Paul finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

Durant's 34 points led the Warriors, while Curry added 30, but Golden State shot just 24 percent from behind the three-point line.

Houston started the game quickly with Tucker's three-pointer put the Rockets up 17-10 with 5:09 left in the first quarter, but the Warriors responded with a 14-3 run and led the game by three after 12 minutes. Paul and Gordon opened the second quarter with back-to-back threes to reclaim the lead, and it switched hands two more times before a Harden triple put the Rockets back on top, which sprung a 17-4 burst, capped by Austin Rivers' trey, though Andre Iguodala connected from downtown at the buzzer to shrink the Rockets lead to 61-54 at halftime. Harden's 18 points led all scorers. 

The series shifts back to Oakland for game five Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.