Harden, Rockets rout Spurs 125-104 to tie series

Rachel Hardy
May 10, 2017

Now it's 2-2. Game 7.

No more sauntering up the court after made baskets and letting the Spurs' vaunted defense set up.

SAN ANTONIO - Will Tuesday night be the last time the Spurs play at home this season?

"You have to fight against that (overconfidence) and understand what you're playing for", Pau Gasol said.

Guards Eric Gordon (22 points) and Lou Williams combined for 35 off the bench for Houston, which received 10 bench points on 3-of-19 shooting in Game 3. They both managed just 16 points each in Sunday's loss and had a hard time defending the Rockets' offense even without one of Houston's best big men on the floor. Celtics G Isaiah Thomas has been all over the scoring map in the first three games, with 33, 53 and 13 points, respectively.

Sam Dekker received some playing time with this small unit, and his athleticism could give the Spurs' bigs trouble if they don't play small (which they usually don't like to do). "If it's not there, we're just not ready to go".

"I'm really a strong guy, I can deal with a lot of things, but I can't deal with anybody suffering", Beverley said.

Houston shot a total of 21 uncontested 3-pointers in Game 4 and drained 11 of them. "They have no answers for us in transition, and we have to get there more".

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard will be Kawhi Leonard.

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All season long, the enormous jumbotron at the Toyota Center would flash an animated version of Gordon every time he hit a big shot. With Nene on the shelf, the Rockets must now look elsewhere to find the production that he has provided them all of this postseason.

The Rockets scored a whopping 121.3 points per 100 possessions in the 19 minutes Anderson played center in Game 4.

22 points on 6/9 3PT shooting. Cleveland took care of business, and the only interesting storyline around Golden State these days is the status of head coach Steve Kerr, who recently underwent another back surgery and probably won't return to the sideline. "I don't know. We made shots, don't make shots. I'm nearly shooting 50% from regular field (specifically, 48.8%) and three-point (50% exactly), so I've just got to take more shots". Will their defense be up to par unlike game 4?

The Spurs need to add more rim protection to their lineups so that they can prevent the rockets from getting these easy buckets.

Six of the Rockets seven players to play at least 20 minutes reached double-figures.

"First, we all have to play better, but obviously the bench has been where we've closed the gap or went ahead", D'Antoni said. "(He's) one of the leaders of our team. "But some other guys are going to have to step up", D'Antoni said. On Sunday, the Rockets lost their big guy, the one known simply as Nene, to a groin pull - one significant enough to send him to the hospital - and everyone including my mother said they were toast. "He was giving me problems". Or the Rockets will just make enough tough shots for it not to matter.

They'll need to keep that up in Game 4. But I'm gonna fight 'em. Once again I'm part of a team that's been able to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

When it comes to the National Basketball Association playoffs, it's tough to find anyone who's feeling 100 percent by the time you get to this point.

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