The Rockets claimed Game 4 with a 95-92 victory to tie up the Western Conference finals at two games apiece. They've got to tighten up their defense.
The Rockets have home court advantage with two of the next three games being played at the Toyota Center. The final two minutes was an emotional rollercoaster, a block, missed Houston three, a missed Warriors three, a blocked Paul jumper, a Tucker miss, and a Curry miss-but they held on for dear life. It can slow the Rockets down when Paul doesn't have it rolling - as was the case in Game 3, when the Warriors limited him to 13 points on 16 shot attempts - but it makes Houston nearly unguardable when he does. Having been lauded all season for their depth, Mike D'Antoni ironically elected to go with seven guys he knew he could trust, and it worked.
One of the biggest moments in Game 4 came on Golden State's final full possession, in which they trailed by two. A replay review ensued and it was determined Shaun Livingston fouled Paul before the game ended, so Paul made a free throw with 0.5 seconds left.
Harden credited the Rockets' defensive intensity for changing the game in the fourth quarter. "We put the pressure on him to make him drive a little bit. This is now a real playoff-type experience", Curry said. In addition to that, the Warriors could also be without a pair of key players in Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson this Thursday with both players deemed as questionable due to each nursing a knee injury. Kerr had two timeouts left, but he opted not to use one, deciding instead to try to capitalize on a defense that wasn't set. "They're not soft. It's just we didn't play with the amount of force you need".
At the half, James Harden had 24 points accompanied by Chris Paul's 14 points while the Warriors were carried by Durant, who went for 15; and the warriors were down, 46-53. He knocked down three triples, picked up a pair of steals that killed Golden State's momentum going into the locker room and threw down one of the biggest dunks of the season on one of the best shot blockers in the National Basketball Association. The All-Star point guard, appearing in his first conference finals, scored or assisted on 10 of the Rockets' first 15 points in the fourth quarter, helping his team erase the 10-point deficit and take a one-point lead halfway through the fourth. That tree will fall on you / I don't know why your advisers ain't forewarn you.
"Somebody asked me before the game about our adversity or how do we respond". They started out 12-0.