Harden, Rockets rout Spurs 125-104 to tie series

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Well, kinda. He's so much better at the podium when he's upset, and his San Antonio Spurs gave him plenty to be upset about Sunday night. Seriously, at this point I'd just assume put my hands out wide and not move a muscle if I were Aldridge.

Hit with the news that their undersized rotation would get smaller, the Rockets plotted the most Rockets-like battle plan possible.

Pop has until Tuesday night to figure out his next adjustment in a odd series that's been one non-competitive blowout after another. Kawhi Leonard has lead the Spurs in nearly every major category this postseason, and he's averaging 30 points per game in San Antonio's two victories against Houston.

Channing Frye had 10 points, and Cleveland finished 16 for 41 from 3-point range.

Houston will surely counter by using Anderson's 3-point shooting to drag a Spurs center out of the paint.

How can they try to slow down the Rockets explosive offense?

"They were that focused and they were that professional, and we were not". "And we were not".

"And it ended up leaving us (playing) soft and exposed our individual (defence), which they took the chances and just drove (on) us".

Nene, who was averaging six points per game in the series, played only two minutes on Sunday before leaving to undergo an MRI exam.

It's tough to predict what's going to happen in Rockets games because they blow the doors off when those outside shots are falling and get blown out when those outside shots are rimming out. If you'd seen the clips of our transition D, you would've traded all the players and fired me by the end of the game.

Which, in Manu Ginobili's eyes, is misnamed. The Spurs host the Rockets for game 5 of the National Basketball Association playoffs 2017 series on May 9 starting at 11 a.m. AEST with a live stream available via Watch ESPN.

Critical, in other words.

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Maxwell was aided by Wriddhiman Saha, who chipped in with 38 of his own as the duo added 71 runs for the fourth wicket. Lynn brought up his half-century in the tenth over, but he too lost his timing in the latter part of his knock.

Coming off an embarrassing 126-99 loss at home in the series opener, the Spurs flipped the script on the series with a 121-96 win in Game 2.

The team takes it from there. I think with a few defensive adjustments and more contributions from the bench, they can win Game 5 and get the momentum back in this series.

"For us, you know, our Bible begins with transition defense", Popovich said. "And they make you pay".

Kyle Anderson and David Lee do not offer much defensively and Dedmon has provided energy and effort all season.

Houston has proven that it can control the tempo in this series, but will need to do so at least one more time in San Antonio to advance into the conference finals.

Down 2-1 in the series and facing what was essentially a must-win game, the Houston Rockets came out firing on all cylinders offensively, comfortably defeating the San Antonio Spurs 125-104 in Game 4 of their second round series.

"I'm really a strong guy, I can deal with a lot of things, but I can't deal with anybody suffering", Beverley said.

Patrick Beverley opens up about his relationship with his grandfather, who passed away before Game 4. Gordon, Arriza and Anderson combined to sink 11 treys. Game 4, 6:30 p.m., TNT.

Likewise, Houston's intensity was borne out of desperation. In their two losses, the Rockets were held below the century mark.

It's San Antonio's turn to be the aggressor. And in those possessions when the halfcourt offense is needed, no more low-percentage floaters in the lane when the twin towers of Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge are looming.

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