With the season hanging in the balance, Rockets stars James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 57 points in a hard-fought Game 4 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
In an exciting contest that featured huge runs by both teams, including a 12-0 start to the game by the Warriors, Houston tightened up defensively and dominated the fourth quarter. The Rockets won the final frame, 25-12, limiting Golden State to 16.7 percent shooting.
The Warriors went 3-18 from the field in the 4th quarter (16.7%), their worst shooting quarter this season. pic.twitter.com/DvUZVUDcwA- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 23, 2018
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant tallied 55 total points, but it took the dynamic duo 50 field goal attempts to get there. Some of the shot selection was certainly poor, but the Rockets deserve credit for challenging the Warriors and not collapsing under the weight of multiple runs.
Check out the best highlights from Game 4 of the Western Conference finals below...
Game 4 box score | Play-by-play
Final: Rockets 95, Warriors 92
11:30 p.m. ET - What a crazy finish. Stephen Curry somehow escapes his defender for an open corner 3-pointer, but he misses off the front rim. The Rockets take back home-court advantage. It's a series, folks.
FINAL STAT LINES FROM THE @HoustonRockets Game 4 W!- NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2018
James Harden: 30 PTS, 4 AST, 4 REB, 3 STL
Chris Paul: 27 PTS, 4 AST, 5 3PM
Eric Gordon: 14 PTS #Rockets #NBAPlayoffs
Steph Curry: 28 PTS, 6 3PM
Kevin Durant: 27 PTS, 12 REB
Draymond: 11 PTS, 13 REB, 8 AST pic.twitter.com/p4vdGOpKXt
11:25 p.m. ET - Draymond Green makes one of two free throw attempts the deficit down to two points. James Harden takes a stepback 3-pointer on the other end, but it bounces off the rim.
The Warriors take the rebound, push the pace in transition and the ball ultimately lands in Klay Thompson's hands. He takes a tough fadeaway jumper in the far corner, and the shot comes up well short. Chris Paul snags the rebound, gets fouled with 0.5 seconds on the clock. Paul hits one of two at the line, giving the Warriors one final chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer.
Rockets 95, Warriors 92 with 0.5 on the clock.
11:21 p.m. ET - Only 42.5 seconds to go. Rockets 94, Warriors 91. Golden State has possession of the ball. Everyone take a deep breath here...
11:15 p.m. ET - Another big play by Chris Paul. Just an insane angle on this pass. With 3:18 on the clock in the fourth, your score... Rockets 91, Warriors 88.
THAT PASS from Chris Paul! 👀✨ #Rockets @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/R5yOdyqKjk- NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2018
11:08 p.m. ET - There is no defense for this Chris Paul 3-pointer. Wow. The Rockets star has 26 points midway through the fourth quarter.
Chris Paul...BANG!- NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2018
5 3PM for CP3 on @NBAonTNT #Rockets 85 | #DubNation 84 pic.twitter.com/kMiQqL2kxd
10:58 p.m. ET - OH HELLO SHAUN LIVINGSTON. NICE TO SEE YOU.
ANOTHER POSTER! 🚨🚨🚨 #NBAPlayoffs | #DubNation pic.twitter.com/0kqgmHgN0t- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 23, 2018
End of third quarter: Warriors 80, Rockets 70
10:49 p.m. ET - Another ridiculous third period for Golden State. The Warriors outscore the Rockets 34-17 with Stephen Curry serving as the primary playmaker. He's got 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range. This team is just relentless.
Give it up, relocate, SPLASH!- NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2018
Curry is up to 14 PTS in the 3rd on @NBAonTNT #DubNation pic.twitter.com/pWk3S1YOPb
10:38 p.m. ET - And there's the Stephen Curry flurry. The two-time MVP drills back-to-back 3-pointers to give Golden State a one-point lead. Through the first seven minutes of the third quarter: Warriors 17, Rockets 9.
Steph Gonna Steph 💦- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 23, 2018
Here come the @warriors #NBAPlayoffs | #DubNation pic.twitter.com/3GxXxPcqan
10:32 p.m. ET - Chris Paul only has two assists in Game 4, but this one was pretty impressive.
CP3 threads the needle to Capela! #Rockets 58 | #DubNation 55- NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2018
📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/WEnPPseyHU
10:25 p.m. ET - The third quarter is usually the time when the Warriors create separation and blow away their opponents. Just like that, Stephen Curry kicks of the second half with a 3-pointer. Let's see if the Rockets can avoid a letdown.
Steph knocks it down for the first bucket of half #2! #DubNation x #Rockets- NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2018
📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/WTMmqEIUOk
Halftime: Rockets 53, Warriors 46
10:10 p.m. ET - Here's what a massive comeback looks like...
It took 5:18 for the Rockets to score their 1st points of the game, but since then they've outscored the Warriors 53-34, including 38 points from Chris Paul and James Harden pic.twitter.com/X4oJTctGjz- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 23, 2018
10:05 p.m. ET - And suddenly the Rockets have made this a game. Houston just kept chipping away at the deficit and finds itself ahead going into the locker room. James Harden looked like an MVP in the first half with 24 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. It's clear he will not go down without a fight.
THIS. GAME. 😳 @HoustonRockets lead late in the 2Q! #NBAPlayoffs | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/EwTIGmjGUX- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 23, 2018
9:50 p.m. ET - OH MY. JAMES HARDEN. YOU WILL FEAR THE BEARD.
The Beard just POSTERIZED Draymond! 😱 #NBAPlayoffs | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/USNXFYWBd7- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 23, 2018
9:44 p.m. ET - Klay Thompson went down with what appeared to be a left knee injury early in the second quarter. He walked back to the locker room with members of Golden State's training staff, but he hasn't returned to the bench yet. No official word from the team on his status.
Injury update: Klay Thompson (left knee strain) is available to return.- Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) May 23, 2018
9:38 p.m. ET - Eric Gordon has been one of the few bright spots for the Rockets. He's got seven points off the bench and is attacking the basket with aggression.
Eric Gordon rack attack! 😤 #Rockets @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/THGVqFXE1A- NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2018
End of first quarter: Warriors 28, Rockets 19
9:31 p.m. ET - That's a fantastic start for the Warriors - and an all-around mess for the Rockets. Houston shoots 7-of-20 in the opening period and finds itself down nine points before it can blink. Kevin Durant (10 points) is finding just about any look he wants in isolation.
"AND-1" 🗣- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 23, 2018
KD vs. Harden 👀 #NBAPlayoffs | #DubNation pic.twitter.com/HRm4gm3RFZ
9:18 p.m. ET - A 12-0 run through the first five minutes is ideal for the Warriors. As for the Rockets, well...
The @warriors came out fast with a 12-0 run to start Game 4! #DubNation #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/zLRPclsQDY- NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2018
9:07 p.m. ET - The Warriors sprint out of the gates to a quick 7-0 lead. The Rockets need to stop this run before Golden State really gets rolling.
Steph wasting no time 💦 #NBAPlayoffs | #DubNation pic.twitter.com/20FDp1PPAp- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 23, 2018
8:57 p.m. ET - Important injury update: Andre Iguodala is OUT for Game 4. Kevon Looney will take his place in the starting lineup. No "Hamptons Five" this time.
8:45 p.m. ET - Chris Paul is only 5-of-20 from 3-point range through the first three games of this series. The Rockets will need him to rediscover his shooting touch if they want to steal one on the road.
🔥 @CP3 🔥 pic.twitter.com/TIm1aGU3JF- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) May 22, 2018