Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker sparked a revival by Houston’s role players, and the Rockets evened the Western Conference finals with a 127-105 victory over the visiting Golden State Warriors in Game 2 on Wednesday.
Gordon scored 27 points off the bench, connecting on 6 of 9 3-point attempts, while Tucker chipped in a postseason-career-high 22 points on 5-of-6 shooting from behind the arc.
Rockets - James - Harden - Points - Rebounds
Rockets guard James Harden added 27 points and 10 rebounds. He wasn’t forced to carry the load singularly as he did in the series opener, when he paired 41 points with seven assists in a 13-point defeat.
Kevin Durant scored a game-high 38 points on 13-of-22 shooting and kept the Warriors within range with 18 points in the third quarter. However, Houston utilized its multitude of offensive weapons and also eliminated the defensive mistakes that proved fatal in the opener, limiting the Warriors to 9-of-30 shooting from 3-point range while surrendering only seven points in transition.
Everything - Defense - Gordon - Everybody - Time
“Everything was fueled off our defense,” Gordon said. “Everybody was locked in at the right time and guys were knocking down shots, and when we play that way, it becomes a fun game and that’s why we got a good result.”
Even with the Warriors’ erratic play, the Rockets labored to pull away until midway through the fourth quarter.
Golden - State - Deficit - Run - Periods
Golden State sliced what was a 19-point deficit to 11 with a 13-5 run that bridged the final two periods. However, after Andre Iguodala missed a free throw that would have cut the margin to 10 with 8:12 remaining, Houston responded with an 11-0 burst that included 3-pointers from Gordon, Harden and Tucker. At 111-89, the Rockets finally held an advantage that felt secure.
Houston, which recorded just three fast-break points in Game 1, responded with a concerted attempt to run early and often. The Rockets had seven...
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