Rockets Harden up to stave off elimination with Game 4 win

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HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets looked anything but the team they looked in a terrible 80-115 loss in Game three as they came out firing in the first quarter. The Rockets would hit 8-9 on 3-point field goals in the first and would lead 45-22 after one quarter of play.

The Warriors would cut the lead to 10 at the half despite losing MVP Steph Curry to injury in the second after taking a nasty spill to the floor when trying to block a shot by Trevor Ariza. Curry would come back into the game in the third quarter as he scored 23 points on the night.

But Monday night belonged to James Harden. The MVP runner-up scored a playoff career-high 45 points and added in rebounds in the  128-115 win.

Game five will be in Oakland on Wednesday night with Warriors leading the best-of-seven series 3-1.