Not many people expected it going into the series, but the Western Conference semi-finals between the Warriors and Rockets is now tied up after 4 games.
Houston evened the series after a tight 112-108 win at home against the Golden State Warriors, showing that they have the mettle to push the back-to-back defending NBA Champions to their limits.
James Harden, once again, put his team on his back with a 38 point performance. The bearded slasher shot 17 three-pointers and made 6 of them. It wasn’t his most efficient performance, but it was a typical Harden. He scored in volume and got the job done.
Harden’s barrage was enough to withstand the Warriors’ two-pronged attack of Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. Durant, with 34 points, and Curry, with 30, kept things close all night, but ultimately couldn’t overcome Houston in the game’s final stretch.
Harden got help from Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker, who scored 20 and 17 points, respectively. Tucker also grabbed 10 rebounds, turning in a double-double performance.
Now, with the series tied at 2 apiece, this matchup could go either way.
The two teams will meet for a pivotal Game 5 showdown on Wednesday night in Oakland.
Will the Warriors finally meet their match?