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By Jerry Feitelberg
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors was another thriller. The Rockets took control of the game in the second quarter as they outscored the Warriors 36-26 to finish the first half of play with a seven-point lead 61-54. The Warriors, who usually play so well well in the third period, couldn’t outscore the Rockets and fell behind by nine after three periods of play. The Rockets led by 17 in the third, but the Warriors woke up and cut the deficit to nine.
For the second game in a row, the Rockets outplayed the Warriors on both ends of the court for three periods. James Harden and crew were knocking down three-point shots. P.J. Tucker was a force on defense, and he also made a clutch three-pointer. Eric Gordon continued his hot shooting, and the Rockets continued to make rebounds while on offense. Steph Curry, who had 13 points in the first half, could not buy a bucket until late in the third quarter.
The Warriors trailed by 13, 101-88. The Warriors stiffened on defense and the offense came alive, and they clawed their way back to trail by two 110-108 when Curry connected on a three. James Harden made one free throw, and Houston led by three. The Warriors had a chance to tie. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry failed to make a three. Houston made one more free throw and won Game 4 by a final of 112-108 to tie the series at two games apiece.
Game Notes and Stats: The Rockets made 17 threes while the Warriors connected on eight. The 51-24 advantage was more than enough to win the game for Houston. The Warriors made 42 shots and were 46,7% from the floor. The Rockets made 38, and they shot 43.8%. The 27-point advantage from three-point range was the difference.
Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 24. Curry had 30, but was four for 14 from behind the three-point arc. Klay Thompson had 11, Draymond Green had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Andre Iguodala knocked down seven and had eight rebounds.
Jame Harden was the man once again for Houston The Beard tallied 38 points and he made six three-point shots in 17 tries. He also had a double-double as he pulled down 10 rebounds. Eric Gordon had 20, and he hit two threes. P. J. Tucker tallied 17, and he had 10 rebounds for another double-double. Chris Paul had 13, and Clint Capela added six. Austin Rivers, coming off the bench, kicked in with 10.
The Rockets outrebounded the Warriors 50-43 and had 13 offensive rebounds. The Warriors had eight.
Game 5 will be played at Oracle Arena Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. Game time will be at 7:30 pm.