James Harden (8-of-22, 8 TOs) had a rare off night, but Chris Paul (27/12/6) and Clint Capela (12/15, 6 blocks) picked up the slack as the Rockets grinded out a 100-87 win in Game 4 at Salt Lake City.
The victory gives Houston a 3-1 lead over Utah in the Round 2 series and puts them within one game of reaching the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2015.
Our postgame win explores all the key storylines, including brilliance by Paul and Capela; how the Rockets showed an ability to withstand an off night from their MVP that wasn’t there a year ago; and how gritty veterans like P.J. Tucker, Trevor Ariza, and Luc Mbah a Moute were instrumental in allowing Mike D’Antoni to rely on his defense — rather than offense — for the two tough weekend wins in Sale Lake City. Tune in:
RECAP: James Harden (8-of-22, 8 TOs) had a rare off night... but unlike 2017, Houston pushed through it. How @CP3 (27/12) and Clint Capela (12/15, 6 blocks) led a Game 4 win that showcased improved #Rockets toughness, putting them on the brink of the WCF:https://t.co/IrVYujXHSp— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) May 7, 2018