Harden, Rockets rout Spurs 125-104 to tie series

The Houston Rockets levelled their National Basketball Association playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, while the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Toronto Raptors. The team is now reviewing treatment options for him.

After the Rockets won the series opener in San Antonio, the Spurs entered Sunday night's game holding a 2-1 advantage with consecutive victories, first in Game 2 in San Antonio and then in Game 3 in Toyota Center, both by double digits.

The Spurs opened Game 4 giving up a flurry of open three-point looks and transition baskets - two big no-nos in any defensive game plan, but especially against an unforgiving Houston offense that was due for a bounce-back performance.

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Nene's been great all playoffs, averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds on 70 percent shooting, while providing the Rockets with a battle-hardened veteran and a tough, physical presence inside. Rockets' coach Mike D'Antoni said that Nene is one of the team's X-factors night in and night out no matter who they play, but even Spurs coach Greg Popovich had a few surprising comments regarding the Rockets bench player after hearing about his injury. Clint Capela is a better option because of his athleticism, but Nene can still run the floor and finish if he leaks out behind the defense. "We got caught in the middle trying to find guys and not really locking them up tonight". Harden could have easily driven past the big man and challenged at the rim, but that would be playing into San Antonio's hand. The Spurs responded well after their loss in Game 2 as they went on to win the next two games of the series and I think they'll bounce back again, especially at home in this pivotal Game 5. Nene left the game after just a minute and 43 seconds with a pull of his left groin.

"What was going through my mind was going three, two, three, two", D'Antoni said.

Lowry averaged career bests of 22.4 points, 7.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game this season but was limited to 60 games because of a right wrist injury that required surgery in February. "Coming off the bench is something I've done in my career and I'm fine with it". After recording just four fastbreak points in Game 3, the Rockets managed 13 in the first quarter alone Sunday. "Whatever I have to do to help the team and whatever's best for this group".

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