Cavaliers Take 3-0 Lead, LaMarcus Aldridge Leads Spurs Past

James Harden

One is going on the road and facing an angry team at home after a blowout win.

What do the Rockets need to do to win Game 4? They can take solace from the fact that, despite back-to-back defeats, the Rockets have been able to prove the doubters wrong all season long.

Apparently not the Spurs, who prevailed in Game 3 for a 2-1 lead despite suffering the biggest loss in this postseason. "I've just got to get comfortable again and just go out there and play".

The Spurs were not hindered by the loss of four-time National Basketball Association champion Tony Parker on Saturday, running away with a comprehensive win in Houston. Patty Mills chipped in with 15 points off the bench.

After Game 1, when the Spurs gave up 126 points, the idea of starting Pau may have seemed nuts to some, but we're seeing a willingness to move and change from Popovich we haven't always seen in years past. LaMarcus Aldridge had to sit with three fouls with a little over four minutes left after two straight offensive fouls. Second unit scoring wasn't an issue on Sunday, as Eric Gordon poured on 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting and Lou Williams chimed in with 13 of his own. Parker wasn't having much of the ball handling duties to begin with, but his absence was felt in the turnover department. It's tic-tac-toe, with the Spurs and Rockets trying to get three in a row first. "We just got to play our game and play with a sense of urgency". Houston led by as many as 25 down the stretch. He also converted just 1-of-7 shots at the rim.

Beverley said he was in contact with his family back home and they all agreed that he should play Sunday night.

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The Cavaliers are the first team since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and 1950 to win their first seven playoff games in consecutive seasons. His initial thought was to take the first flight to Chicago to be with his family, and he had to be talked into staying with his team.

After the game, the Houston guard was asked about his grandfather and talked fondly of the man who had passed. "They've got great shooters and athletes, a good scheme". But Harden recorded two assists following the intermission and had just one teammate reach double figures in scoring after halftime. The Spurs went into the half with a 43-39 lead, but the Rockets kept it close for much of the third quarter.

If the latest ailment forces him to miss more time, Sam Dekker should see the biggest uptick in frontcourt playing time behind Clint Capela and Ryan Anderson. He suffered, but he's in a better place now.

The Rockets guards apparently don't like Mills.

"Several guys stepped up tonight", James Harden said after a 28 point, 12 assist night (eight of the 12 dimes were for threes).

The first game of this series may have painted an illusion to many folks - that San Antonio's defense couldn't hold up against the Rockets high-octane attack.



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