The Houston Rockets seemed to have their backs against the wall, as the Golden State Warriors lead the series 3-0 going into game four. Against the Rockets, point guard Stephen Curry has been able to rack up 18 assist going into Monday night, as well as scoring above 30 points each of those three games. The Rockets on the other hand were being lead by James Harden, who’s been arguably carrying his team throughout the regular season and postseason. Harden has been shooting a mere 27-57 against the Warriors in the series before game 4, so you know he was due for a big game.
The first quarter said it all, as the Rockets somehow managed to score 45 points, which happened to tie an NBA Playoff record. Harden would then go on to score 17 points in the fourth quarter, finishing off a 45 point performance on his side.
The real scare for Warriors fans would come midway through the second quarter, where Curry would attempt to block Tervor Ariza’s shot, and land on what seemed to be his head. When asked about the fall, according to ESPN, Curry said ” “It was all minor stuff compared to how it looked,” Curry said. “But I’ll get some good rest (Monday night) and be ready to go … since it happened to now, nothing has gotten worse.”
After Curry returned, he would attempt to bring the Warriors back, hitting a 3-pointer with about eight minutes left in the game, as the Rockets only lead by six. It would become a final score of 128-115 as the Rockets would overcome the Warriors to avoid the sweep. The Rockets will hope to bring their momentum, into Golden State as they play in an away game on Wednesday night. Can the team prevail? The last time the Rockets came back from a 3-1 deficit was just the other week, as they came back to finish off the Los Angeles Clippers.
Curry’s health and Harden’s leadership are both in question, but game five may be the end if the Rockets don’t play with similar style as they did Monday night.