The Houston Rockets surprisingly equalized the Western Conference Finals series of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors in a shocking Game 4 victory on Tuesday night. It was an exceedingly back-and-forth contest, with long scoring plays for both ball clubs. It appeared at first like Golden State were going to take control over the series, but the Rockets ended up bouncing back on course and pulled out a 95-92 win. The series is now tied at 2-2 and anything can happen at this very moment of time.
James Harden led the Rockets with a total of 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, while Chris Paul posted 27 points, two rebounds and a single assist. The latter also hit five shots from beyond the arc. It was an awfully hideous matchup overall though, with the Rockets shooting 31.6 percent from the threes and 39.0 percent overall.
In the first Warriors home postseason loss since the 2016 NBA Finals, Stephen Curry recorded 28 points, including going 6-of-13. Kevin Durant chipped in 27 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists.
Houston came out in the first quarter seemingly like they’d given up the series. The franchise missed shot after shot, and fell down to 12-0 score deficit. But something just happened in the second period: the Rockets, and Harden especially, remembered how to play the sport. The odds started arising in their favor, and Golden State seemed to get conquered in their very own homecourt.
Golden State dominated Game 3 behind a return to form for Curry. And after the first few minutes it appeared like we were in for another blowout, as the Dub Nation jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter of the game. But that just turned out to be indication that this would be a contest of runs, as each organization went back and forth in taking control of the Game 4. Both Golden State and Houston had a double-digit lead at one point, but for the first time in these conference finals, a matchup went down to the power line.
The Warriors had a huge chance to even or take the lead, but they couldn’t get score a shot. It seemed that would be the end of the contests, but the Warriors fouled Paul with 0.5 seconds time remaining, and after he missed one of the free throws, the Warriors had yet another opportunity. Somehow, Curry got wide open, but his shot rattled off the rim at the buzzer. And with that, the Rockets head home to Houston with a 95-92 victory to tie the WCF series at 2-2.
The Warriors edged out Rockets to a big lead early in Game 4, opening the match on a 12-0 run. Curry’s third quarter in Game 3 did not appear to be an anomaly. But the second quarter was a significantly different tale as Houston suddenly rebounded into the game, and used a late-quarter gush to totally overturn the storyline on the Warriors. They led by seven points heading into the halftime break. Harden’s rim-rocking dunk on Draymond Green was the play of the quarter.
Unfortunately for Houston, the team once again fell victim to one of Golden State’s signature third-quarter runs. Curry caught fire again, rattling off 11 points of his own and the Warriors inverted the fortune once again to take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter.
However, the Rockets found great answer in the fourth quarter, using a 9-0 run early in the picture to get back to the track. Houston has eventually stole the lead from Golden State, and managed to preserve the momentum in the final few minutes to claim a pivotal triumph and equalize the series at 2-2.
Harden concluded the Game 4 with 30 points to lead the Rockets, while Paul had 26. Curry led the GSW with 28 points, and Kevin Durant put up 27 points and 12 rebounds.