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Harden, Rockets rout Spurs 125-104 to tie series

Harden, Rockets rout Spurs 125-104 to tie series

And in the physical war of attrition this brutal series has become, it's also 1-1. While his effectiveness has waned against the Spurs, Nene was a big reason the Rockets took down the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games, as he averaged 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds during the series.

In the first quarter alone, the Spurs surrendered just as many points in transition as all of Game 2 and more than they gave up in all of Game 3 (seven points in transition).

Rockets big man Nene will not return for the rest of the National Basketball Association playoffs due to injury, the team announced on Monday. Throughout the year, Nene helped spark the Rockets offense coming off the bench and averaging nearly 10 points per game.

"He's pretty much on the ideal team for the way they play and what their goals are offensively". His 10.1 points-per-game average in the regular season was his lowest since his rookie year in 2001-02.

WASHINGTON - Bradley Beal scored 29 points and Washington Wizards used a 26-0 third-quarter run to beat the Boston Celtics 121-102 on Sunday night to tie the series at two games apiece.

However, in Game 4 the Rockets attacked the Spurs' bigs by screening numerous times to get a mismatch for Harden. "I don't know when his prime is going to stop", Lowry told The Vertical. His absence created quite the entertaining quandary for the Rockets in the third quarter, when coach Mike D'Antoni made a decision to stay small and try to take advantage of the most extreme of mismatches.

Before the game the Rockets talked a lot about increasing the pace and insisted that in Games 2 and 3 they just missed open shots, resulting in relatively poor offensive showings.

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Popovich said after the game that it didn't look good, and the Spurs' fears were confirmed after an MRI on Thursday. They allowed Harden to get his buckets - he scored 43 points overall - but limited his supporting players to just 32 points combined; not including Trevor Ariza who scored 17 points.

We can only hope that those practices are carried out but we'll see tonight. San Antonio's defense isn't unbeatable, but Mike D'Antoni will have to have a plan for his team.

The Rockets were up by five early in the third quarter before using an 8-2 run to make it 70-59 with about eight minutes left in the quarter.

In Game 3 though, the Rockets did not have an answer for its poor shooting. "We've got to win one in San Antonio". After the game Gregg Popovich said the team "started without an edge".

The focus just wasn't there for the Spurs on Sunday night and their mistakes were too many any too severe.

The injury leaves Houston short on big men to contend with San Antonio's combination of 6-11 LaMarcus Aldridge and 7-footer Pau Gasol.

"He was there as long as I can remember", Beverley said wiping his tears away on the shoulder of his shirt. If players like James Harden, Eric Gordon, and Ryan Anderson can start to hit their important shots, then the Rockets can start to re-gain some confidence.

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