"They're a really good team, especially at home", Harden said of the Warriors.
And he did it all playing on a tender foot.
"A whole lot of treatment", Paul said. "We believe in ourselves and we went out and showed that we can win anywhere", said Houston's Trevor Ariza.
You know now that the Rockets will do everything they can to turn this into a rugby scrum in what promises to be a critical Game 5 in Houston. It was a victory that snapped Golden State's NBA-record 16-game home playoff winning streak.
"He realizes that this is an unbelievable opportunity that we can not let pass us", one Rockets source told The Undefeated.
That the Rockets withstood the Warriors' punches and came out on top might be the most impressive feat of the Durant-era in Golden State. Either way, the series is now tied, and the Rockets are in prime position to upset the Warriors. "I don't mind our backs being against the wall because I know what we're capable of and I know the level of focus and intensity level our team brings when that is the case".
The Rockets went ahead 85-84 with 6:03 remaining on Trevor Ariza's 3-pointer from the baseline after a lovely bounce pass from the opposite corner by Paul.
Golden State trailed 91-86 with 3:30 left following a pair of free throws by Eric Gordon, then Curry converted a three-point play moments later.
Other than the Warriors, there isn't a team in the league that has two players who are as comfortable Paul and Harden are scoring in pick-and-rolls and isolation, which is why their games are tailor-made for Mike D'Antoni's system.
"I think we just got a little rushed", he said afterward. It's not going to be easy against a great team like Houston.
The Rockets have home court advantage with two of the next three games being played at the Toyota Center. He scored 24 points in the opening two quarters of the game on an efficient 8-for-17 shooting from the field. Paul collected the final rebound of the night off Thompson's miss. He's now battling a sore right foot that hasn't always made it easy for him to explode and change directions.
Chris Paul waited his entire career to advance to the NBA's final four, and it'll likely end in five if the Rockets put on a repeat performance of their Game 3 curb-stomping.
Game 4 is on Tuesday night, back at Curry's [expletive] house.
"We just ran out of gas".
Rockets: The Rockets were outrebounded 49-41.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reportedly tried to call a timeout with four seconds left in the fourth quarter, but the officials weren't looking, according to Coach Steve Kerr. Iguodala takes the pressure off the Warriors offensive weapons.
Stephen Curry almost throws the ball away on a pass to Shaun Livingston, then eventually gets Gerald Green on him before missing a well-contested 20-footer.
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