Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/29

Game 1: Thursday, November 29th
Rockets94Final
Warriors113
Game 2: Monday, December 31st
Warriors112Final
Rockets95
Game 3: Tuesday, January 29th
Warriors107Final
Rockets111
Game 4: Friday, March 21st
Rockets109Final
Warriors106

Rockets 109

(47-22, 21-12 away)

Warriors 106

(42-26, 23-11 home)

    Coverage: TBS

    7:30 PM ET, March 21, 2008

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    HOU 26 26 23 34109
    GS 29 21 23 33106

    Top Performers

    Houston: T. McGrady 26 Pts, 8 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

    Golden State: B. Davis 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    McGrady's 26, Jackson's improbable 3-pointer carry Rockets by Warriors

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- It took an improbable 3-pointer from Bobby Jackson and an impressive all-around effort from Tracy McGrady to get the Houston Rockets back to their winning ways.

    McGrady had 26 points while running the offense, Jackson hit two key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Rockets got back to playing like they did during their 22-game winning streak in a 109-106 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

    "We just had energy," McGrady said. "We had a lot more energy than we did the last two games. We did a better job executing and moving the ball. This was a big win."

    The Rockets had been blown out in back-to-back games to bring an end to the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, failing to reach 75 points in either loss. So coach Rick Adelman matched Golden State's small lineup and ran much of the offense through McGrady in the post. McGrady responded with eight assists to go along with his big scoring night.

    "He just puts so much pressure on the other team when he gets the ball," Adelman said. "It was good to get it started that way."

    The power-packed Western Conference gave the Rockets little cushion and a third straight loss would have dropped them into a tie for sixth place with San Antonio in the conference. Instead, they moved within percentage points of New Orleans for the lead in the Southwest Division.

    "This is an insane race," said Shane Battier, who added 17 points. "You can't even begin to worry about it. You just have to win games. At the end of the day, if you win enough you'll be in the right spot."

    Carl Landry returned from a seven-game absence from a knee injury to score 17 points for the Rockets, who started their 22-game winning streak with a victory over Golden State on Jan. 29. Jackson scored 16 off the bench.

    Baron Davis scored 27 points and Monta Ellis added 24 to lead the Warriors. Al Harrington added 18 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, while Mickael Pietrus had 16 points and 13 boards.

    The loss cut Golden State's lead over Denver for the final playoff spot in the West to 1 ½ games.

    "We've got to be a lot smarter, that's what it comes down to," Golden State's Stephen Jackson said. "We've just got to be a lot smarter on the court and that's a game that definitely hurts. We've still got a lot of games left but this is a game we should've won. We flat out should've won."

    Ellis tied the game at 87 midway through the fourth quarter when he scored on an acrobatic scoop to the hoop, sending the fans to their feet. But Houston answered the charge out of a timeout, getting a jumper by McGrady and an off-balance, double-clutch 3-pointer as the shot clock wound down from Jackson to start an 8-0 run.

    "Just throw it up there and pray that it goes in," Jackson said. "I'm just glad I made it. I had to double pump because Baron would have blocked it if I didn't."

    The Warriors came right back in a fourth quarter that had a playoff intensity to it. Pietrus hit a 3-pointer, Ellis scored on another impressive drive and Davis converted on a fast break as Golden State scored seven points in just over 50 seconds to make it 95-94 with about 3 minutes remaining.

    Davis' 3-pointer tied the game for the Warriors, but Bobby Jackson responded by hitting an open 3 of his own. The teams traded baskets before Golden State missed a pair of potential game-tying 3-pointers from Pietrus and Jackson with about 1 minute remaining. Davis missed another 3 that could have tied it with 8 seconds left and Houston held on for the victory.

    "We didn't play with a sense of urgency," Davis said. "We gave them a lot of easy buckets and a lot of open shots. That's something we talked about before the game."

    Game notes


    Dikembe Mutombo, who had started all 12 games since Yao Ming went down with a season-ending foot injury late last month, did not play at all against the smaller Warriors. ... Stephen Jackson teamed with five-time Grammy winner John Legend to promote the Show Me Campaign, which aims to fight poverty in Africa. Jackson pledged to donate $500 for every point he scored in the game. He finished with 15, for a $7,500 contribution. Jackson plans to travel to Africa this summer.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    HOU
    GS
    Points 109 106
    FGM-FGA 40-84 (.476) 43-93 (.462)
    3PM-3PA 8-22 (.364) 8-24 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 21-26 (.808) 12-18 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-20 6-26
    Assists 22 17
    Turnovers 13 12
    Steals 5 10
    Blocks 2 8
    Fast Break Points 13 24
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 17 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 8 11

    Top Performers

    Houston
    Golden State
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 26
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 27
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3