2018 NBA Playoffs final scores Rockets and Warriors one win away from Western Conference finals showdown

2018 NBA Playoffs final scores: Rockets and Warriors one win away from Western Conference finals showdown

Capela had the last laugh, though. He erupted on the defensive end and started swatting anything within distance of him and the rim. The Jazz could have closed the gap yet again, but Gobert made sure that wouldnt happen.

The real hero of the game though was Chris Paul. After so many second round failures hes now one win away from reaching the conference finals. He finished Game 4 with 27 points, six assists, and 12 rebounds.

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The Jazz guard bounced back from a rough Game 3 with an incredible performance.Dante Exum, however, had a major impact early on, especially on the defensive end, but exited the game with a hamstring injury in the second half and did not return.

The Warriors were +371 in the 3rd quarter this season, best in the NBA. They were +14 in the 3rd tonight, their best this postseason.

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It was just that kind of day for Golden State. The Warriors now hold a commanding 3-1 lead back home for Game 5. The Pelicans will have their work cut out for them from here.

2018 NBA Playoffs final scores: Rockets and Warriors one win away from Western Conference finals showdown

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One of the best battles of the night came down low betweenRudy Gobertand Clint Capela. The two big men went at it all night long. Gobert had a great putback dunk that got the entirety of Utah off its feet.

Lineups turned into the scorers table: Warriors starting Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green together for the first time ever.

Sunday featured a lot more of the same for the two Western Conference semifinals. TheWarriorsdominated thePelicansfrom the get-go and took a commanding 3-1 lead.Kevin Durantwas incredible with 38 points and led Golden State to within one game of yet another trip to the conference finals.

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Where did everything fall in place for Golden State? The same place it always does. The Warriors win games by dominating the third quarter and Game 4 was no different for them. They blew the game wide open in the third behind the incredible shooting of Durant. If the Pelicans were going to hang around then they had to hang around in the third. They didnt.

TheRockets, on the other hand, had to deal with a peskyJazzteam. They managed to pull away late, but Houston neededClint Capelato swat anything that got near the rim andChris Paulto take over. Capela and Paul came up big to stretch the series lead to 3-1 heading back to Houston.

The Warriors ripped off an early lead, but the Pelicans fought back to keep it single digits at the end of the half. Sometimes, thats all a team needs to do. Keep it close and hope the ball bounces their way at the end. Kevin Durant didnt let that happen. He had a phenomenal game and finished with 38 points.

The Warriors came back in a big way for Game 4. They responded to their Game 3 loss with a complete and total blowout of the Pelicans. Everybody knew they meant business early on when they rolled out their Hamptons Five starting lineup. A group that has never started a game together before.

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