May 22, 2018, 11:49 pm
Up until this point of the Conference Finals, watching the first half of each game was as good as it got. The Cavs won a nine-point game over the Celtics on Monday, which was the most exciting game.
That is, until Tuesday night.
Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals was everything NBA fans had been waiting for. Let’s check in and see what went down.
ROCKETS 95, WARRIORS 92
Following a 41-point loss just two nights ago, the Rockets were staring a possible 3-1 hole in the face with a pivotal Game 4 at Oracle Arena. The Rockets found themselves down 12 points in the fourth quarter and then Chris Paul happened.
Dispelling his playoff reputation, CP3 was an absolute wizard down the stretch, scoring eight points with two assists in the final quarter. Paul finished the game shooting 10-for-20 from the field with 27 points, two boards, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers. The Rockets finally got what they paid for.
James Harden put together perhaps one of his best two-way performances, shooting 11-for-26 from the field for 30 points with four boards, four assists, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 43 minutes. He was very rusty in the second half, but Chris Paul saved the day. Expect Harden to be a lot more comfortable at home on Thursday.
As for the Warriors, they took poor shot after poor shot to blow their fourth quarter lead. They shot an uncharacteristic 3-for-18 in the final 12 minutes, allowing the Rockets to close the gap and win the game.
Steph Curry continued his scorching hot play, knocking down six 3-pointers for 28 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 39 points. He found himself wide-open with 0.5 seconds left but missed the game tying shot as time expired.
Kevin Durant struggled mightily from the field, shooting 9-for-24 for 27 points, 12 boards, three assists and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes. He won’t shoot this poorly moving forward.
The poor shooting was contagious, as Klay Thompson was also missing everything. He finished shooting 4-for-13 from the field for 10 points, four boards and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes. Klay left the game with a knee strain but came back in minutes later. He isn’t expected to miss games moving forward, but it’s still something to watch for if the quality of his play subsides.
The Rockets took back home field advantage and will get Game 5 and Game 7 (if necessary) at home.
Game 5 is on Thursday in Houston.