Rockets Gain Back Respect in NBA Championship Odds After Game 4 Win

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors – Game Four

That final quarter, and its implications, will be the focus of our Game 4 takeaways. The Warriors claimed their largest lead of the contest at 82-70 when Stephen Curry assisted on a Shaun Livingston dunk at the 10:45 mark. 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.

"It was sort of trench warfare".

"It was just everybody grinding it out, lot of isolation".

"It's a close series so without any of them you don't get there", D'Antoni said.

Even though they lost Game 4, based on what Green is saying, the defeat may bring the best out of them over the remainder of the series.

"They were just missed shots".

Though the pressure to perform is heightened for Harden and Paul, Rockets players and D'Antoni agree that they can't get it done without plenty of help from Houston's supporting cast. Houston is 1-1 ATS as a home underdog and 3-6 in all games with the dog tag this season.

Rockets: The Rockets were outrebounded 49-41.

This was Golden State's first post-season loss in Oakland since the 2016 NBA Finals.

Rockets Gain Back Respect in NBA Championship Odds After Game 4 Win
Rockets Gain Back Respect in NBA Championship Odds After Game 4 Win

"He realizes that this is an unbelievable opportunity that we can not let pass us", one Rockets source told The Undefeated. "I've got to do it again".

It still took Paul, a 13-year veteran and nine-time All-Star playing in his first conference finals, a while to get in a rhythm Tuesday night. "And that's going to be the adjustment for Game 5".

A friend of mine asked me today what I thought about last night's game - especially since I grew up a somewhat obsessive Houston Rockets fan.

See, the Warriors have such a talented top-end of their roster that the odd nature of the rest of the roster was glossed over for much of the season.

But facing a do-or-die situation in what could be the most hostile environment in the National Basketball Association, against one of the most dominant teams in league history, the Rockets battled and found a way to even the series at two. This has been the scheme against Golden State, and the Rockets have the athletic and versatile personnel to do it.

"Mental toughness is just as important as physical toughness, and I think guys on our team showed that tonight".

That level of perseverance wasn't attached to the Rockets' collective identity or aligned to Harden individually.

Golden State went into the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead in the game, but the Warriors managed to score only 12 points in the frame, while Houston put up 25 points to come away with the win. The Warriors are never underdogs; they've proven they can win in Houston and they tend to play better with their backs against the wall, something Kerr has acknowledged about his team.

"Third quarter, Steph was getting too free, stepping out and making long threes", Harden said on ESPN. They then promptly won Game 5 here, and won the title.

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