Harden made 11-of-26 shots and Paul hit 10-of-20 to lift the Rockets, who closed the game on a 25-10 run after falling behind 82-70. However, the Warriors played historically bad in that 4th quarter and ended up giving up the lead and the game. We've got the mentality that we're going to win game four.
In essence, D'Antoni turned to his six best players, and when the Warriors played Capela, a traditional big man, off the floor, it meant going super-small, with the 6-foot-6 Tucker at center for long stretches. The Rockets can not allow the Warriors to get going in transition. Game 5 tonight is in Houston, which will host a potential Game 7, meaning the team control their own destiny. "I think the vibe in the locker room is really positive right now when it comes to what we need to correct when it comes to winning game five". Check out Paul's assist to Gordon again, and you'll notice Klay Thompson hugging Harden on the 3-point line on the opposite wing even though he's not directly involved in the play.
The Warriors got another chance with 42.5 seconds left following Houston's shot-clock violation. Along with Draymond Green, it's Iguodala who provides the Warriors a straight razor to the flashy foam of Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.
"I thought this is the highest level we've ever played defensively, without a doubt, because we're talking about the best offensive team ever", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Harden had 15 of his 30 points in the second quarter, during which the Rockets went up by as many as 10. 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. With Paul and Harden, Houston marched through the regular season without a lot of trouble.
"I'm sure we'll look at the film and kick ourselves", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
While he may be a slightly different player than he was a decade ago, in Game 4, Paul showed he can still carry a team to victory. But it was Houston's pressure defense that took the Warriors out of their rhythm and ultimately won the game.
While the Rockets are thrilled to see the momentum of the series swing their way for perhaps the first time in the series, the Warriors are upset that they let what they feel like was a winnable Game 4 get away.
Prior to the fourth quarter, it looked like a re-run episode of Game 2.