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Spurs, Rockets try to wake up NBA's sleepy second round

Spurs, Rockets try to wake up NBA's sleepy second round

Now, with Nene out for the rest of the postseason with a groin injury, the burden on Harden to perform at that high level becomes as crucial as ever for Houston. Looking ahead to whom Mike D'Antoni will start for his Rockets shouldn't be that hard.

The Rockets medical staff is reviewing all possible options for treatment and expect to provide an update when a final decision is made. The Brazilian was the star of Game 4 of Houston's first-round series against Oklahoma City when he tied an National Basketball Association record by making all 12 of his shots and scoring a career playoff-high 28 points in a 113-109 win.

The big news for the Spurs coming out of game 4 is the injury to point guard Tony Parker, who ruptured a quad muscle and is gone for the remainder of the playoffs. Ryan Anderson, who starts at power forward, could be forced to replace Nene as the team's center off the bench. Also, despite the herculean season of Russell Westbrook (largely for his "triple-double" average, a feat only accomplished once and several decades ago), the sport ultimately is still a team game - as the stacked Houston Rockets predictably coasted past the rather thin OKC Thunder. Teams that win Game 5 in a 2-2 series go on to win the series a ginormous percent of the time.

"It wouldn't be a very good situation if me and Clint (Capela) got into foul trouble". "We got caught in the middle trying to find guys and not really locking them up tonight".

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Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge stressed the importance of playing with the kind of intensity the Rockets showed in Game 4 . In games like Game 4 , when the Rockets offense gets unfathomably hot and runs away to a huge lead, that isn't impacted as much.

D'Antoni deserves every bit of the spontaneous standing ovation he gets from the Toyota Center crowd when he's announced as the co-winner of NBCA Coach of the Year Award (with the Miami Heat's Erik Spoelstra) on Sunday night. Now and again he'll get a putback or back tap an offensive board, but that's about it; even when he had that explosion in Oklahoma City not many points were scored from traditional post-ups. It'll be fun to watch this chess match continue as the two teams head into a best-of-three scenario to finish the series. On Sunday, however, the Rockets turned the ball over just nine times in a 125-point scoring effort - in reality, the Spurs were nothing but bystanders in Game 4.

Beverley played through it and went for 25 minutes, getting 10 points and six assists. But there was no need for alarm, as he shook off the injury and returned after the timeout to make a 3-pointer seconds later.

Bradley Beal (29 points) and John Wall (27 points and 12 assists) saw the Wizards to their win. After recording just four fastbreak points in Game 3, the Rockets managed 13 in the first quarter alone Sunday. Wall had seven points, three assists and two steals during the third-quarter spree that featured eight Celtics turnovers.

The Rockets led by 15 entering the fourth quarter and immediately padded the lead when Gordon made a 3-pointer to open the period.

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Trailing 53-48 before the run, Washington led 74-53 on Porter's layup with 5 minutes left in the third.

Isaiah Thomas had 19 points for Boston.

Spurs forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 points apiece, while Jonathan Simmons tallied 17 points and Patty Mills 10 points off the San Antonio bench.

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