Houston reclaims home court advantage.
The NBA Conference Finals have lacked the drama that fans had hoped for thus far, but last night's Game 4 at Oracle Arena was the exception. The Houston Rockets evened up the series at 2-2, coming from behind to beat the Warriors on their home court by the final of 95-92.
Houston's star-studded back court of Chris Paul and James Harden combined for 57 points on the night, which included Harden's emphatic stuff on Draymond Green midway through the second quarter.
The Rockets entered the fourth quarter trailing the Warriors by 10 points, but they somehow managed to limit the defending champs to just 12 points in the final frame, paving the way for their comeback victory.
Golden State had a couple of opportunities to tie or take the lead in the final seconds, but Klay Thompson's contested fadeaway missed the rim and Curry's desperation three with .5 seconds left clanked off the iron.
"Well, I wanted the timeout," Kerr said. "Draymond was trying to call one around 4 seconds, once he got trapped. And at that point the officials weren't looking, and they're not going to look down at our bench. So I saw Draymond trying to call it and I was hoping they'd give it to us, but we didn't get it.
"But I'm always a proponent of pushing the ball off of a miss rather than taking a timeout, letting the defense get set up. So, I thought we'd get a better shot in transition. That's why I let them play."
The series now shifts back to the Toyota Center in Houston for a pivotal Game 5 tomorrow night.