Spurs-Rockets Game 4 updates

Game 4 Sunday at 8 p.m.; Spurs lead series 2-1

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3rd quarter: The Spurs trail the Rockets 91-76. San Antonio cut the lead to two points, but Houston went on a big scoring run. Kawhi and LaMarcus each have 16 points.

2nd quarter update: Spurs trail Rockets 53-57 at the half. The Silver and Black battled back to get the lead down to four. Kawhi Leonard took over in the second quarter with 11 points.

1st quarter update: At the end of the first quarter, the Spurs trailed the Rockets 34-22. San Antonio had six turnovers, allowing Houston to get out to a fast start. LaMarcus Aldridge had six points.


The San Antonio Spurs can take a huge step towards getting control of the series against the Houston Rockets by winning Game Four Sunday night.

The Spurs lead the series 2-1 after beating the Rockets in Game Three, 103-92.  

They held the usually high scoring rockets to under 100 points for the second game in a row and expect to see a somewhat desperate team tonight.  

"We expect them to come out very aggressive and desperate with their backs against the wall," said Danny Green. 

"If we win, we're 2- 2, if we don't, we are 1-3. It means that we really have our work cut out but this is obviously the game you would need. It's not written in stone and we will keep fighting, but this is a big game," said Mike D'Antoni.

James Harden went off for 43 points in game three, but the rest of team kind of got left behind. San Antonio would prefer to hold all of their weapons down. 

"The approach is not let any of them get hot but if one guy gets hot you try to eliminate the rest of the other guys getting in a rhythm," said Green. "Our defensive scheme is to not let him get 43 but he did, he scores, he's very good at it, if were going to let him get 43 we can't let the others score a lot was well."

The Rockets like to camp out around the three point line, they shot 39 from beyond the arc but they only made 12 of them.

The Spurs have to continue to guard against the three-pointer, but also hold down the paint when the Rockets go deep inside.

"You take away one, you give up the other with this team. You have to try and stop both, that's tough to do, but it's a team defensive job everyone needs to be aware, alert," said Patty Mills.

The Spurs are aware that a win tonight puts them in great position, but it will not be easy. 

"We got home court advantage back, they don't want to give us any more advantage than we have already," Green said.

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