Dubs-Rockets series heads back to Houston tied 2-2

The cracks in Warriors’ armor that could end their Finals reign

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But it was Houston's pressure defense that took the Warriors out of their rhythm and ultimately won the game.

The Warriors don't have much depth on the wing to deal with injuries to Klay and Andre.

Kevin Durant had 27 points and 12 boards, while Green added 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. After elimination by the Golden State Warriors in 2015 and 2016, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey all but confirmed the Bay Area fetish. Paul would split the free throws, giving the Warriors one more chance to send the game to overtime.

"I wanted the timeout", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the decisive possession. "We need to reset, put together a pretty solid, 48-minute game, and steal one down there".

"Now we've got to fight. He's out on the floor, not doing a whole lot but making progress". They got into people. Now, let's see if they can do the seemingly impossible and get two more. "They knew that one stop, the game's over more or less, and came up large".

After Harden and Curry traded missed 3-pointers, Gordon, buried a 27-footer for a five-point cushion with just 2:25 to play. The Rockets trailed 0-12 to start the game, and the score was 80-70 entering the fourth quarter.

Last week I wrote about James Harden and the turgid isolation offense of coach Mike D'Antoni dooming the Houston Rockets to another exit from the NBA Playoffs.

Tucker, who played a game-high 44 minutes and grabbed an impressive 16 rebounds while playing under-sized, said D'Antoni told him he had to stick with his "guns". They withstood two Warriors' avalanches - a 12-0 run to begin the game and a 34-point third quarter that featured a Stephen Curry eruption.

Iguodala, who banged his left knee during the fourth quarter of Sunday's win, was upgraded from doubtful to questionable after an MRI exam earlier Tuesday on the knee revealed no structural damage. "Mental toughness is just as important as physical toughness and we showed that". "I tried to buy a little bit of rest for our guys, but they just outplayed us in the fourth and they earned it". Though he's never reached this level in the postseason before, his 13 years of NBA experience have proven invaluable as the Rockets try to knock off the defending champions and advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since winning consecutive titles in 1994-95. Hopefully the Rockets can take care of business again at the Toyota Center on Wednesday night!

Relatively speaking, the Golden State Warriors' backs are against the wall right now.

"We're a team. We're really good as a team", Harden said. That tree will fall on you / I don't know why your advisers ain't forewarn you. We kept fighting, kept fighting.

"Somebody asked me before the game about our adversity or how do we respond".

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