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Final Score: Rockets stiff-arm Warriors, win 112-108 as Harden scores 38

The champs failed to steal a game in Houston, as the Rockets formula got them another W to tie the series up 2-2

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Four Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors failed to rip a game from the Houston Rockets in Texas, losing 112-108 in Game 4. The Rockets controlled the majority of the game and survived a tremendous flurry down the stretch from the champs.

Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 34 points, and Steph Curry added 30 of his own. James Harden answered with 38, and Eric Gordon added 20 points.

This was excellent playoff basketball, and the Rockets fans were in full roar. This is a challenge worthy of a dynasty.

First Half

Curry was aggressive in the first period, asserting his dominance against the Rockets defense.

He even busted out this nifty move in the second period.

But the Rockets exploded in the second quarter, drilling a barrage of threes en route to outscoring the Warriors 36-26 for the period. Houston went 11-of-28 from beyond the arc for the first half, while the Warriors could only muster up 3-of-13 from downtown.

Curry had 13 points and 5 assists at haltime, while Durant added 12 points of his own. Harden led the Rockets with 18 points, and he had his step-back jumper working.

Rockets 61, Warriors 54

Second Half

The two teams grappled throughout the second half, as the Warriors refused to concede. The squads battled until the very end, when the Warriors had the ball with 11 seconds to go, down three points.

The champs ran a brilliant play for Durant to get open for a wide open three-pointer at the top. He missed.

The Warriors got the offensive rebound and Durant tapped it back to Steph. Who also missed.

Ball game.

Unfortunately, the Warriors were in too deep of a hole to quite climb out.

The Houston Rockets formula of shooting threes while fighting to the death to make sure the Warriors don’t get three-pointers is effective. They truly are the most lethal threat to the Golden Empire in the West.

They’re going going, back back, to Cali Cali! The series is tied 2-2. Stay tuned to GSoM for deeper analysis of this intense game! I want to hear everyone’s prediction for the rest of the series in the comments; I may be screenshotting for receipts.

LET’S TAKE IT BACK TO THE TOWN, H-TOWN!!!!