The Houston Rockets prevailed at home in overtime over the Golden State Warriors, 126-121. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 46 points, but James Harden answered back with 41 of his own. Draymond Green had triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
The Splash Bros Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined to go 13-of-39 from the field. Curry in particular played his worst playoff game in recent memory, as he couldn’t get either his triples or his layups to fall, and was taken advantage of on the defensive end.
Eric Gordon added a massive 30 points in a spirited effort, while Clint Capela and P.J. Tucker dominated the boards with a combined 25 rebounds.
The Rockets refused to wilt, and Curry couldn’t do anything to knock them out. Andre Iguodala chipped in 16 points to keep the Warriors in the game, but in the end it wasn’t enough.
The Rockets gummed up the Warriors offense early, forcing them to work for most of their buckets. The Dubs tried to weather the early storm, but their open three-pointers were not falling, finishing 3-of-16 from downtown for the half. The Rockets outrebounded the Warriors 27-18, and pulled down a ridiculous 8 offensive rebounds.
Durant led the Warriors with 15 points on halftime, but struggled from the field shooting 6-of-15. Curry struggled as well, going 5-of-13 from the field, and 1-of-7 from downtown.
Gordon went bonkers early on, and the Warriors couldn’t keep him from scoring.
Rockets 58, Warriors 49
The Rockets held serve in the third period, but couldn’t put the Warriors away.
The three Iman Shumpert 3s feel pretty large as the Rockets take a 7-point lead to the fourth. So does that 0-of-1 in Klay Thompson's column.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 5, 2019
Durant detonated to start the fourth quarter, and changed the momentum of the entire game.
With KD scoring 10 points in less than 2 minutes to open Q4, Warriors take their first lead since Q1. 94-93, 10:01 remaining.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) May 5, 2019
The two teams traded big buckets and tough defense until the very last seconds of the quarter. Durant missed a go ahead mid-range jumper tied 112 all, but Thompson tied up Chris Paul with 1.5 seconds left to go to force overtime.
We're heading to overtime here at Toyota Center. This game has been insane. Thirteen lead changes so far.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) May 5, 2019
The Splash Bros let the Warriors down in OT, as they couldn’t generate any offense, despite Durant’s heroic efforts. Harden didn’t have any problems sealing the game though.
James Harden is, like, good at basketball pic.twitter.com/szlhhOm44K— Sam Raycraft (@sraycraft1) May 5, 2019
Heckuva shot. Curry blew a wide open dunk as time expired, and his night’s embarrassment was sealed. The series is now 2-1 in favor of Golden State, with Game 4 coming Monday.