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NBA Playoffs 2016: Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets Game 4 Preview

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The Golden State Warriors are out to inch their way closer to victory, as they head for game four of their Western Conference Playoffs series against the Houston Rockets.

The said game will be held on Sunday, April 24th, at the Toyota Center in Houston. Games one and two were won by Golden State, with both contests held in their home court.

The first encounter last April 16th ended in a convincing win by the defending champions, with a final score of 104-78. Expectedly, it was reigning Most Valuable Player awardee Steph Curry who played a major role in his team's win, as he ended the night with 24 points and seven rebounds, shooting 8 out of 13 from the field, through 19 minutes of playing time.

The second game last April 18th was a much closer contest, with Golden State ending the game with a final score of 115-106. Curry was unable to play in this game due to a problematic right ankle, and instead, it was shooting guard Klay Thompson who carried the cudgels for his team. He ended the night with 34 points, three rebounds and five assists.

Andre Iguodala also helped out big time, scoring 18 points, along with three rebounds and three assists, shooting 7 out of 10 from the field, through 32 minutes of playing time.

The Rockets were able to keep themselves alive in the series in Game three last April 21st, as they narrowly escaped with a final score of 97-96. It was shooting guard James Harden who provided the last minute heroics for the eighth-seeded Rockets, sinking a shot with 2.7 seconds left in the game.

He ended the night with 35 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, shooting 11 out of 26 from the field, through 43 minutes of playing time.

Curry was still in the sidelines due to injury, but for head coach Steve Curr, his absence should not be a deterrent to the team's overall objective.

"Whether Steph's here or not, we should perform at a high level, which we did for much of the game, but we've got to eliminate some of the mistakes," Kerr said in an NBA.com report.

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