Harden's 30 points help Rockets win to level series

Oakland CA USA Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the second quarter in game four of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena

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"You look at how the game went", Steph Curry said after the 95-92 loss evened the Western Conference finals at 2-2, with the series shifting to Houston for Game 5 Thursday.

But for a series rife with adjustments, the truth of how Houston salvaged its championship aspirations lies within the minutiae. Thompson and Iguodala will need to be on the floor and perform well for Golden State to steal another game in Houston. That final quarter, and its implications, will be the focus of our Game 4 takeaways. Golden State is the most overwhelmingly dominant team ever assembled, with four presumptive future Hall of Fame candidates all still very much at their physical apexes.

Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr during the postgame Press Conference.

"It was sort of trench warfare". Most likely the attempted 3 point shot would not have counted because Curry did not get the shot off in time.

"They were just missed shots". The Rockets, conversely, ranked 22nd at 55.7 percent, relying on the isolation brilliance of James Harden and Chris Paul.

The Warriors mainly went with an eight-man rotation - the ninth, guard Quinn Cook, played just two minutes - with Durant and Draymond Green both logging over 40 minutes.

That's the situation now, following the dramatic come-from-behind victory by Houston in Game 4.

Rockets: The Rockets were outrebounded 49-41.

Golden State was outscored 25-12 in the final frame Tuesday.

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Outside of Houston, only one person didn't get a kick out of Curry's explicit eruption: his mother.

"I think we just got a little rushed", he said afterward. Kerr said the small forward is feeling better and making progress. "And that's going to be the adjustment for Game 5".

The Warriors don't have much depth on the wing to deal with injuries to Klay and Andre.

The Celtics held home court advantage with two double figure wins over LeBron's Cavaliers with 108-83 an 107-94 wins and Cleveland bombed the Green and White in Cleveland 118-86 and won by 9 in the first game in that series 111-102 that was under a double margin to even the series to 2-2.

"These are the moments that we spend all that time for", Paul said. I love the way this team responds when our back is against the wall.

That level of perseverance wasn't attached to the Rockets' collective identity or aligned to Harden individually. The win snapped Golden State's National Basketball Association record of 16 straight playoff wins at home.

The Warriors departed the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday morning, and upon arriving in Houston, they headed straight to practice.

"We've been doing it all year long, that's the main reason we're in this position we're in today", Harden said. "But we always talk about, with us, we're great at turning the page and being resilient and finding a way to bounce back".

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