GALLERY: Warriors fail to close out Rockets in Game 4
MVP arrives for Game 4
Steph Curry and Warriors head into the Toyota Center for Game 4 Monday with a chance to advance to the NBA Finals. Through the first three games of the series, the NBA MVP is averaging 35.7 points, six assists and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Rockets lift off early
With their season on the line, the Rockets came out firing on all cylinders. They jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first 2:31 of the game, forcing Steve Kerr to burn an early timeout. They extended it to 12-0 before Harrison Barnes got the Warriors on the board with a 3-pointer.
Rockets build 23-point lead
The Rockets continued their hot shooting and finished the first quarter up 45-22. They went 8-of-9 from 3-point distance and Josh Smith led the way with 13 first-quarter points.
Steph Curry took a hard fall while attempting to block a shot by Trevor Ariza and was forced to leave Game 4. The Warriors diagnosed his with a head contusion and said he was questionable to return.
Warriors cut lead to 10
The Warriors were down 19 when Curry left the game and managed to cut the Rockets' lead to 10 heading into halftime.
After suffering a head contusion, Steph Curry returned to the game midway through the third quarter, but the Rockets weren't fazed and took a 99-84 lead into the fourth quarter.
Rockets force Game 5
The Warriors cut the Rockets' lead to single-digits, but Houston pulled away late in the fourth and won Game 4 on Monday night. Game 5 will be played Wednesday night in Houston.