26 May 2015

Houston Rockets avoid elimination

4:51 pm on 26 May 2015

The Houston Rockets have staved off elimination from the basketball's Western Conference NBA playoffs beating the Golden State Warriors 128-115 in game four of the best of seven series.

It was Houston's first win of the conference finals, with Golden State now leading 3 games to one.

Golden State Warriors, who're based in Oakland, survived a major injury scare to NBA MVP Stephen Curry when he went down in the second quarter of the match falling hard on his upper back and neck.

He remained on the floor below the basket for a few minutes to receive treatment before gently rising to his feet and walking slowly back to the locker room as he left the game.

Golden State Warriors NBA MVP Stephen Curry.

Golden State Warriors NBA MVP Stephen Curry. Photo: Photosport

Curry surprisingly returned with about six minutes left in the third after tests determined he had not suffered a concussion but he was unable to change the momentum of the game as the Rockets rode a monumental 45-point effort from James Harden to avoid losing the series.

Golden State, who will have their next chance to close out the series back in Oakland on Thursday, have not been to the NBA finals since 1975.

No team has ever lost a best-of-seven playoff series after winning the first three games.