The Rockets were trying to avoid a 3-1 series deficit heading back to San Antonio for game five. It was James Harden leading the way again for Houston with 28 points, 12 assists and five rebounds. In game three Friday night, the Rockets were held to a total of 92 points and 12-of-39 from the three-point line. In the two wins San Antonio put together they were able to control the three-point shooting from Houston’s end. However, game four would be the night the Rockets revert back to their season best shooting from the three ball. The Rockets finished 19-of-23 from three in game four (44-percent).
Rockets Center Nene was taken to the hospital for an MRI with a groin injury. Mike D’Antoni went to the small ball with Eric Gordon seeing extended minutes. Gordon coming off the bench, would score 22 points in which he was 6-of-9 from the three-point line. Seven Rockets players would finish in double-digits scoring.
The Spurs did not lead at any point of the game and would attempt to play from behind for the full 48 minutes. Without Tony Parker the replacement Dejounte Murray would start in Parker’s place. Murray finished with eight points and three assist in only 20 minutes of play. Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons shared most of the backcourt minutes. Simmons would be the biggest contributor off the bench for San Antonio with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field which also led the Spurs in scoring.
Kahwi Leonard and LaMarcus Alridge both scored 16 a piece. The Spurs struggled to keep up on on the three-point shooting as they shot 7-of-23 (30-percent). Overall, the Spurs shot 50-percent from the field as opposed to Houston’s 52-percent. Greg Popovich describe his team’s defense as “deficit” in his postgame presser.
The Spurs will look to take a 3-2 lead on Tuesday night. The Rockets have proven they can play to their advantages on the road this postseason as they took game one in a dominating fashion. Again, the key in the series will be San Antonio’s ability to slow down the three-point shooting from the Rockets.
Game five is in San Antonio. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 PM EST on TNT.