At risk of a 3-0 hole against the defending champs, the Rockets dug deep at home and prevailed 126-121 in overtime. James Harden led the way with 41 points, nine rebounds and six assists, including two clutch baskets late in overtime to help seal the win for Houston. Kevin Durant finished with 46 points in yet another brilliant postseason performance, but the Warriors could not get it done on Saturday night.
The series continues on Monday night in Houston with Game 4. Can the Rockets defend their home court and even the series up at 2-2? Or will the Warriors take a commanding 3-1 lead back to Oracle Arena for Game 5?
We’ll find out.
How to watch Game 4
- Date: Monday, May 6
- Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Toyota Center — Houston, Texas
- TV channel: TNT
- Live stats: GameTracker
- Online streaming: fuboTV (try it for free)
- Odds: Rockets -1.5 (Over/Under 220.5)
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Game 4 storylines
Warriors: Ever since Kevin Durant arrived in Golden State, there’s been a running discussion about how much his accomplishments matter due to the fact that the Warriors have always been Steph Curry’s team. But regardless of where you stand on that debate, it’s time to recognize that without Durant the Warriors would be in a world of trouble against the Rockets. He’s averaging 36.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in this series, while Curry has been struggling, going for just over 18 points a game and shooting 25 percent from 3. And of course, there was Curry’s missed dunk late in overtime in Game 3 which sealed the Warriors’ loss. Regardless of the simmering debate about who’s the better player, the Warriors need both of them to play well in Game 4.
Rockets: The Rockets aren’t quite as good this season as they were last season, but they’ve shown throughout this series that they’re still capable of challenging the Warriors. After two tough losses on the road in Games 1 and 2, they bounced back with a clutch win in Game 3 to keep their season alive — at least for now. But they’ll need another win in Game 4, or it’s going to be awfully tough for them. Yes, the Warriors have a history with blowing the 3-1 lead, but the Rockets can’t expect that to happen again. Aside from another strong game from Harden, the Rockets also need someone else to step up and help him out. In Game 3 Eric Gordon poured in 30, while Iman Shumpert provided a surprising spark with 10 points. Whether it’s them, or someone else like Austin Rivers or PJ Tucker, the Rockets need solid performances from some of their role players.
Game 4 prediction, pick
The Rockets showed a lot of heart in taking Game 3, but they needed overtime and sub-par performances from both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to do so. Game 4 should be competitive with the Rockets’ season on the line, but a bounce-back game from Curry will push the Warriors to victory and a 3-1 lead.