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Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs: Must-win game 4

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Defending Rockets' Harden is a chess match worth watching

He also had the support of coach Mike D'Antoni and teammate James Harden, who talked about the situation.

Beverley's early 3 was one of 19 made by the Rockets on 43 attempts, giving them a 36-point edge over San Antonio in the statistical category.

Some people said the San Antonio Spurs stood no chance against the Houston Rockets without Tony Parker, but the Spurs proved their critics wrong Thursday night. This unit was 74 together and typically the one Popovich deployed in end of game situations.

The series may be tied, but none of the games have been close.

After Game 1, when the Spurs gave up 126 points, the idea of starting Pau may have seemed nuts to some, but we're seeing a willingness to move and change from Popovich we haven't always seen in years past. "If not, get off the ball and have someone else make a play". The Spurs fell to 0-37 when entering the fourth quarter of a postseason game trailing by 15 or more points. He had 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from deep. They can take solace from the fact that, despite back-to-back defeats, the Rockets have been able to prove the doubters wrong all season long. Harden had a total of five assists in Game 3, a tally he matched in the first quarter tonight as the Rockets roared out to a 12-point lead. This didn't hurt their defense as much as it could have since the Spurs failed do much with their size advantage, but it did allow Houston to completely spread out the Spurs defense and take them away from their pack-the-paint method that had been so successful. "Drive, kick, drive, kick instead of just throwing up a quick floater, which is kind of what they want". Green buried three 3-pointers, with the last two giving the Spurs double-digits leads with less than four minutes left. Rookie Dejounte Murray will again start with Patty Mills coming in off the bench. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 29.8 points and 4.9 assists while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 14.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. His shooting is key for the Spurs in the playoffs, so him finding his rhythm these last two games has been huge.

Patrick Beverley was the inspiration for Houston, on the day he lost his grandfather he played fantastic ball, scored 10 points and that included hitting the first three of the night. No, they're not. We kind of bought into it.

"Yeah, we know (it's a) must win", Gordon said.

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