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Rockets’ James Harden speaks out after tying series with Warriors — ‘Our motto is keep fighting’

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After tying his Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece against the Golden State Warriors, James Harden of the Houston Rockets shared the team’s motto.

Per NBA on TNT, Harden revealed that their battle cry is “keep fighting.” This is how they held their lead amid a Warriors comeback.

James Harden scored a total of 38 points on 44.8 shooting from the field as well as draining 6-of-17 3-pointers. He also snagged 10 rebounds and dished out four assists. Other contributors were Eric Gordon, who had 20 points; P.J. Tucker, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds; and Chris Paul, who had 13 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

As a team, the Rockets led by as many as 17 points. But as expected, the Warriors came storming back in the third and fourth quarter and trimmed the margin to just three points with less than 15 seconds in regulation.

The Rockets held Klay Thompson to just 11 points on 33.3 percent from the field and 16.7 from 3-point country. Stephen Curry, for his part, crawled to 30 points on 48 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from downtown. Analysts have pointed out that the Warriors’ offensive struggles can be attributed to the Rockets forcing them to defend their best guards, draining them of their energy. James Harden has won the battles he has needed to win in Games 3 and 4.

With the series tied at 2-2, it has now turned to a best-of-three series in which James Harden has a chance to rewrite his playoff legacy. In all four games, victories have been decided by six points or fewer. Game 5 will be on Wednesday in Oakland, and one can reasonably expect that the contest will go down to the final few minutes of regulation. Even when one team has largely controlled the run of play in this series, the other team has had a chance to tie in the final moments of regulation.

In Game 5, expect another thriller from the Warriors and the Rockets… and from James Harden, who gets an opportunity of a career, and a moment in which to prove that he can take down the reigning two-time NBA champions in Oracle Arena.

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