Stephen Curry insisted his poor fourth quarter was not to be blamed for the Golden State Warriors' 95-92 loss against the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday. Draymond Green is OK with his team having its back against the wall and believes the Warriors play well when faced with adversity. In fact, Green tried to make the smart play by signaling for a timeout with five seconds remaining and Golden State scrambling while trailing by two points.
It was the Warriors' first loss since the 2016 NBA Finals and the Rockets' first play-off win over the Warriors in eight all-time tries.
More like Harden went right through Green.
Game 5 is tonight in Houston, Texas. "We know what we have to do and see if we can do it against a great team". "Now, you've got to find the will". Houston forward P.J. Tucker sets the ball-screen to get Looney onto Harden, and clears out to the far corner. They held the defending National Basketball Association champions to only 12 points in the final 12 minutes; Steph Curry had three of those points. While the final score was close, the game was defined by huge runs, much like the rest of the series.
It looked ominous for the Rockets when the Warriors raced into a 12-0 lead and they trailed by the same margin in the early stages of the final quarter before fighting back to edge it.
Golden State also got into some foul trouble, setting themselves back in a game in which the Warriors were already without the injured Andre Iguodala.
They are still miffed about losing Tuesday's Game 4 at home in a contest they led by as many as 12 points in the final quarter, yet the Warriors are confident they'll overcome the setback.
It was a fun game to watch and folks on Twitter had just as much fun tweeting out amusing memes about the game too.
Harden's backcourt running mate, Chris Paul, added 27 points. Thompson could not shake the Rockets' Trevor Ariza and ended up casting a 16-foot air-ball turnaround as the game essentially ended. "I think the vibe in the locker room is really positive right now when it comes to what we need to correct when it comes to winning game five".
He went on to say, "It's like 90 percent ... if we're gonna win a title, we've obviously gotta beat the Warriors at some point".
Though the pressure to perform is heightened for Harden and Paul, Rockets players and D'Antoni agree that they can't get it done without plenty of help from Houston's supporting cast.
With Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Harden and Chris Paul all over that 40-minute mark, you'd think the Rockets would be the team that was exhausted.