Oakland, California, USA: The Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors, 95-92, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Tuesday night and head home with the series tied 2-2 after a game 4 thriller in the Western Conference finals.
James Harden scored 30 points with four assists. Chris Paul finished with a series-high 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting and 5 of 9 from the 3-point line. Harden added a game-high 30 with four assists.
The Warriors had an 82-70 lead in the fourth quarter before the Rockets went on a 19-4 run to take the lead back and hand the Warriors their first playoff loss on their home court since Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Thunder in 2016.
Curry scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 27 points and 12 rebounds but the defending champions missed their final six shots from the floor and their NBA-record postseason winning streak at home ended at 16 games.
Paul rebounded Klay Thompson’s miss just before the final buzzer sounded for the first time and pounded the ball down in delight. A replay review ensued and it was determined Shaun Livingston fouled Paul before the game ended, so Paul made a free throw with 0.5 seconds left.
Curry couldn’t get off a final attempt before the buzzer.
The Rockets did what no team has been able to do in the last two years — beat the Warriors on their home court in the playoffs breaking Warriors’ 16-game home postseason win streak.
The series now heads back to Houston where the Rockets will be playing with a lot of emotion in the wake of the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Houston last Friday. This will be the first game back for the Rockets since the tragedy.
Houston will host Santa Fe High School’s seniors for the game which will be played Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
Golden State will play its longest playoff round after closing out its first two playoff rounds in five games.
|Game 1||Mon. May 14 (WARRIORS WIN)||9 p.m.||Houston (Target Center)|
|Game 2||Weds. May 16 (ROCKETS WIN)||9 p.m.||Houston (Target Center)|
|Game 3||Sun. May 20 (WARRIORS WIN)||8 p.m.||Golden State (Oracle Arena)|
|Game 4||Tue. May 22 (ROCKETS WIN)||9 p.m.||Golden State (Oracle Arena)|
|* Game 5||Thu. May 24||9 p.m.||Houston (Target Center)|
|* Game 6||Sat. May 26||9 p.m.||Golden State (Oracle Arena)|
|* Game 7||Mon. May 28||9 p.m.||Houston (Target Center)|
* if necessary