With a 0-2 deficit, the Houston Rockets hosted the Golden State Warriors hoping to change their fortunes and extend the series beyond 4 games. And with Stephen Curry out once again it seemed like a done deal: It was far from it but the Rockets got their win!
Already entering desperation zone, the Houston Rockets had to win tonight at home to force game 5 and avoid a sweep.
However, differently from the first two games in the Bay Area, the Texan team played with a lot of intensity from the first second the clock ticked.
Forcing drives and drawing block fouls the Rockets led by Harden and Beverley in the first quarter got a lot of the Warriors in foul trouble early (perhaps also favored by some dubious whistles..) and completely dominated the half.
From the dubs side it looked like the “scrimmage session” was over and Draymond Green was left having to lift all the weight until an unlikely hero emerged in the form of Marreese Speights who was knocking down everything from free-throws to three-point shots.
The Rockets managed to maintain a healthy margin until the fourth quarter when after slowly climbing back all night the Warriors got within 1 point of the Rockets. With a tight score the Warriors went for the hack-a Howard in the final minutes of the 4th quarter as a last resort and finally took the lead. In the last possessions the Rockets played lock down defense and ended up with a hard fought win despite two terrible inbound plays by Trevor Ariza.
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