James Harden and Chris Paul were sensational with a combined 61 points (21-of-43 FG), leading the Rockets on an incredible 71-30 run in the middle of a 119-100 beatdown of Minnesota in Game 4 at Target Center. Houston now leads the Round 1 series at three games to one, with an opportunity to clinch it in Wednesday’s Game 5 at Toyota Center.
The Rockets trailed by seven points in the middle of the second quarter, but went on to score 50 points in the third quarter as part of the extended run to take command of the series. In addition to the scoring, Harden and Paul combined for 10 rebounds, nine assists, nine steals, and only two turnovers.
Our Locked on Rockets postgame show breaks it all down, including the importance of Harden turning it around after an 0-for-7 start in the first quarter; the confidence the Rockets likely gained from this type of performance facing adversity on the road; and how Eric Gordon (18 points, 6-of-14 FG) and Clint Capela (14/17, 4 blocks) each stepped up and showed their crucial importance as secondary options on a potential championship team. Tune in:
RECAP: Facing early adversity in a pivotal road Game 4, James Harden (#PlayoffHarden) and Chris Paul (#PlayoffCP3) responded with 61 points on 49% FG and just 2 turnovers as the #Rockets overwhelmed Minnesota with a 71-30 run to take command of the series:https://t.co/uJja01KFdk— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) April 24, 2018