The Houston Rockets defeat the San Antonio Spurs, tying the series up 2-2

The Houston Rockets defeat the San Antonio Spurs, tying the series up 2-2

Last night marked the fourth game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Rockets as they handed the Spurs a 126-99 blowout loss.  In that game, Trevor Ariza would score twenty-three points, pull down four rebounds and give out two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would put up twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists.  In the second game, the San Antonio team would bounce back as they beat the Rockets, 121 to 96.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Spurs would win the last game, as well, pulling away with a 103-92 score.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored twenty-six points, grabbed seven rebounds and pushed out two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with twenty-six points, as well, along with ten rebounds and seven assists.  James Harden would chalk up forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  Despite the unfortunate passing of Patrick Beverley’s grandfather, the Rockets looked to tie the series up last night in the Toyota Center.

The game would start off right for the Houston Rockets as they shoot fifty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Spurs to forty percent.  James Harden would put up eight points, along with two rebounds and five assists.  Trevor Ariza would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points which would include one three-pointer.  He would crash the boards for two rebounds while dishing off three assists.  Eric Gordon and Lou Williams would come off the bench to score five points each, both of them knocking down one three-pointer in the process.  On the other end of the court, LaMarcus Aldridge would chalk up six points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Kawhi Leonard would play for eight minutes, only to be held at three points as the home team would enter the second period with a 34-22 lead.  The Spurs would respond with a 31 to 23 run in the second quarter, though.  During that run, Leonard would get hot for eleven points, three of them coming from behind the arc.  Former Portland Trail Blazers player, Patty Mills, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would receive six points in return, all of them coming from beyond the arc.  As for the Rockets, Anderson would knock down two three-pointers to get himself six points while Harden would collect six points, as well.  James Harden would also jump up to grab two rebounds along with two assists.  The 2014-2015 Sixth Man, Lou Williams, would chalk up six points as the Houston team would walk into halftime with a 57-53 lead.

The Rockets would come out of the locker room to spark a 34 to 23 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Harden would throw up eleven points, nine of them coming from beyond the arc while the other two come from the free-throw line.  Former Pelicans player, Eric Gordon, would come off the bench to help out with eight points which would hold two three-pointers.  On the other end of the court, Aldridge would score ten points while shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also grab three rebounds while Pau Gasol would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself four points.  Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer but it was the home team that ended the third period with a commanding 91-76 lead.  The Rockets would finish things off in the last quarter as Bobby Brown would come off the bench to shoot seventy-one percent from the field, collecting eleven points.  He would earn three of them from behind the arc as Gordon would come off the bench to nail two three-pointers.  Simmons would try to bring his Spurs team back as he throws up eight points which would contain a three-pointer but it was the Houston Rockets that defeat the San Antonio Spurs with a 125-104 score, tying the series up at 2-2.  James Harden finished with twenty-eight points, five rebounds and twelve assists.  Jonathon Simmons would finish with seventeen points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds, and two assists.  He would also record a Playoff career-high two steals to go along with his stat sheet.

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