D'Antoni said before the game he never really doubted Paul and Harden could work together, noting his belief stemmed from the fact that it was the two of them who made a decision to play together. But it just wasn't enough.
The Warriors led wire to wire in Game 4 following its 19-point embarrassment in Game 3. "Every single night, he has our back", said Harden, who got in Capela's face and yelled his approval at the end of the game. There's no moral victories. "We had our chances and didn't convert", said Snyder. As soon as play was blown dead, he immediately ran to the locker room before he could even be taken out of the game. But what team wouldn't?
The Jazz are now in a situation where they will play a waiting game with their point guards before Tuesday's contest. Big man Clint Capela has been huge in their switching system completely shutting down Utah from the perimeter, and has also consistently shut the door on them inside. They hit six of their first eight shots, with Durant making his first three, and Thompson and Curry each making 3s. Trevor Ariza splashed a three on the next possession. He deflected the question with a joke before finally mumbling: 'don't relax, ' before James Harden stepped in to save his teammate from the uncomfortable moment. If you're just normal, that wouldn't work.
This is the team that D'Antoni and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have been building toward for a couple years now: An offensive power that can also win a big game when their shots aren't falling - like on Sunday, when the Rockets only shot 26 percent from 3. The Houston Rockets have won 13 of their last 15 home games. "The guy's incredible the whole time", D'Antoni said.
"It don't matter if I miss shots or not". While this game may not be the best advertisement for playoff basketball, the Rockets have shown in the previous round that they are eminently capable of winning in ugly fashion during the postseason as well - this was just another exhibit to add to that catalogue.
"There's all different ways to win". We're not strictly a jump-shooting team.
James Harden and Chris Paul continued to dominate the Jazz in Game 4.
The Rockets can close out the best-of-seven series on Tuesday in Game 5 at Houston and the defending champions can similarly do so on the same night. "Then I thought we pressed a bit when we got behind".
Mitchell would eventually foul out with less than a minute remaining in regulation but received a standing ovation as he finished with a team-high 25 points, nine rebounds and two assists while going 8-for-24 from the field. "I just try to keep playing and help my team win the game". The Rockets will have an easy time closing this series out if Gobert finds himself on the other end of the stifling again in Game 5. The Rockets will blow out the Jazz, and set up a matchup with the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
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