Harden, Rockets rout Spurs 125-104 to tie series

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"We were able to keep moving the ball, or keep moving our people and keep driving until we found the easier shot and it worked". Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 26 for San Antonio in Game 3, and Danny Green had his 3-point stroke working when the Spurs needed it most. You know the Spurs will. Win Game 5 and the Rockets can close out at home.

They tried. Then, they failed.

On Tuesday, D'Antoni will lean on Eric Gordon and Lou Williams to put this team over the top. "We've got to make an extra pass". I thought we got caught in the middle trying to find guys and not really talking enough. "I just watched San Antonio-Houston". He had 28 points on just 18 shots, and it's not just that he had 12 assists, but it's the quality of the shots that come from his assists. Despite winning Game 4 handily, the loss of Nene significantly cuts into their depth at the center position. During the postseason, the league issues the officiating reviews for all games within three points at any stage in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter, or the last two minutes of any overtime period.

In the first quarter alone, the Spurs surrendered just as many points in transition as all of Game 2 and more than they gave up in all of Game 3 (seven points in transition). The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 105.5 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.7 points on 45 percent shooting. It was that bad. "And we were not".

It could be if the Silver and Black don't play better than they did Sunday night in a 21-point road loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series. But if the Rockets score on the break, Popovich will usually order his big men to get back defensively, rather than chase missed shots, mitigating some of the Spurs' potential to outrebound the Rockets' smaller lineups. This series tied 2-2.

Pau Gasol wouldn't rule out the possibility.

"You don't want to have to rely on our bench", Gordon said, "but everybody has to be productive". "They're playing with an edge every game and they're sweeping everybody". Both are natural power forwards, so the Rockets will have to do something creative to keep the Spurs out of the paint. If San Antonio can punish Houston's lack of size for the rest of the series and reduce Houston's three point volume, we can expect a win in the AT&T Center if all falls according to plan. "It's interesting how the mind works".

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The 6-foot-11, 250-pound Nene entered Sunday's game averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game during the playoffs.

"It's what they do".

"It's very hard", Ginobili said. "I'm nearly shooting 50% from regular field (specifically, 48.8%) and three-point (50% exactly), so I've just got to take more shots". "You got to bring extra focus and fight against complacency". That's what they do.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said: "I think our defence was pretty defective". We were not as attentive and responsive as we were two days ago. They had more energy.

Cleveland have not lost a game in the first two rounds of the two most recent postseasons, becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to start 8-0 in back-to-back playoffs. On contested 3s, the Rockets made just 36.4 percent (8-of-22). When Leonard isn't on the floor, Harden often gets to the rim easily and if any help comes, the MVP candidate is more than happy to dump it off.

Game five tips off at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in San Antonio. "A little bit of rim attacks, a little bit of shooting the 3". They are going to make 3s in three straight possessions here and there. "If we can do both and we're in an all-out fight on one end and we're disciplined and precise on the other end, good luck".

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