The biggest news of the night comes out of Oakland, California where the Houston Rockets have evened the Western Conference Finals at 2 games apiece. Despite starting the game down 12-0, the Rockets fought back and played good defense all night, something they hadn’t been doing in Golden State. The Rockets held a 16 point lead at the half.
Then came the third-quarter Warriors, they always seem to make a big run in the third, and they certainly did last night, outscoring the Rockets 34-17 in the third quarter alone, taking an 80-70 lead into the final quarter. Then Chris Paul showed up in the clutch, and the Rockets as a team played incredible defense. Houston held Golden State’s world-renowned offense to just 12 points in the final 12 minutes of play. The Rockets continued to hit big shots, and contest the Warriors’ stars.
James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 57 points, but it was not a great night from Harden, who finished 11-26 from the field. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry combined for 55 points on 19-50 shooting. The Rockets came away with the 95-92 victory, and have regained home-court advantage. Game Five will be in Houston on Thursday night.
The Cincinnati Reds got another win yesterday, and improved to 3-0 when newly acquired Matt Harvey starts on the mound. Harvey got his first win of the season, pitching six innings and only allowing one earned run with five strikeouts. A couple of doubles with runners in scoring position in the first inning helped the Reds jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Pirates would get a solo home run in the fourth inning, but Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam for the Reds in the fifth, putting them up 6-1. Gennett was 2-3 on the night with 6 RBI and 2 runs scored. The Reds now sit at 17-32 on the season.
The Cleveland Indians made quick work of the Chicago Cubs yesterday, coming away with a 10-1 victory. Trevor Bauer was credited with the win for Cleveland as five Indians were credited with RBI. The Indians are back to .500 with a record of 23-23.
In NFL news, Los Angeles Chargers Tight End Hunter Henry has reportedly torn his ACL. The Chargers led future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates walk in free agency, depending on Henry for a breakout season. Gates still hasn’t signed with a team, perhaps a reunion could be in the works.
The Top Plays of the Day come from Chris Paul in the Rockets incredible comeback over the Warriors. Both plays are major plays he made down the stretch of the ball game, where he was not going to let his team fall. With just over 7 minutes left in the game, the Rockets were down by 5 points, and Paul hit his 5th three-pointer of the night in ridiculous fashion.
— NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2018
It wasn’t just his scoring though. Look at this pass to Trevor Ariza from corner to corner, setting up Ariza for the go-ahead three-pointer.
— NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2018
There is a lot of exciting action on the docket for tonight. Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals will be played in Boston between the Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. That series is even at 2-2, the winner of tonight’s game certainly will be the favorite to win the series.
We have a Game Seven in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Washington Capitals in a winner-take-all game. The winner of tonight’s game will meet the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Reds continue their series with the Pirates as the Indians wrap up a two-game series with the Cubs.