Behind a scoring outburst from James Harden, the Houston Rockets have lived to play another game in the Western Conference finals, defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 on Monday night at Toyota Center, 128-115. The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series, 3-1.
Harden bounced back from a disappointing Game 3 to score 45 points on 13-22 shooting. The sharpshooter was also a contributor on the glass, grabbing nine rebounds, while also dishing out five assists. The Rockets shot an impressive 56.6 percent from the field, and led by 25 points early in the second quarter.
Josh Smith provided some scoring punch for Houston, adding 14 points on 7-8 shooting. Terrence Jones led all reserves with 14 points.
The Warriors received a scare in the second quarter when Stephen Curry took a scary spill under the Rockets' basket after a pump fake by Trevor Ariza. (The video is here.) Curry would check back in with 5:58 remaining in the third quarter. Curry finished with 23 points.
Steve Kerr's squad chipped away at the lead late in the second half. With 8:23 remaining, Curry drained a three-point shot to cut the Rockets lead to 104-98. But Harden would respond by scoring seven unanswered points and the Rockets would hold off any other runs by the high-scoring Warriors.
Klay Thompson led Golden State with 24 points. The Warriors also received a strong performance from Draymond Green, who scored 21 points to go along with 15 rebounds and five blocks
Game 5 is on Wednesday at Oracle Arena.