Before the Rockets’ Game 4 victory becomes a distant memory, I watched the 4th quarter again last night on my DVR to cover any ground I didn’t have time to recap on Sunday night.
You’ve got to give Lowry, Artest, Battier, Yao, Landry and Hayes props for all they did in that quarter — in other words, it was a complete team effort. I hope you enjoy this play-by-play as much as I did in writing it.
One thing I don’t mention in the summary below is the fact I thought earlier in the game, and the play at the 5:04 mark in the 4th quarter, the refs were way too liberal in calling fouls against Rocket players WHEN ROY WOULD RUN INTO THEM! That guy is already commanding way too much respect from the refs. Ridiculous. Look for more of that nonsense in Game 5.
Portland closed the third quarter on a 19-6 run to take a 70-64 lead entering the 4th quarter.
11:45 – Artest hit a big basket to start the 4Q to bring the Rockets to within 70-66
11:03 – Wafer penetrates into the lane, draws the defense, then dishes to Yao on the baseline for a dunk! Good maturity shown by Wafer! 72-68 Portland
10:23 – After a mad scramble for the ball, Wafer gets the ball in the corner and drains a HUGE 3-POINTER to bring the house down! 72-71 Portland
10:07 – Scola is called for a foul on Aldridge as he posts up. How can Scola be called for a foul when Aldridge is the one who made contact with Scola’s forehead? Aldridge scored and hits the free throw. 75-71 Portland
9:47 – Brandon Roy drives into the lane and charges into Scola for a turnover! 75-71 Portland
7:59 – Nice footwork by Yao in the post for a hook shot and score. 77-73 Portland. Yao got Pryzbilla behind him as Artest drew a double team.
7:36 – Artest knocks the ball off Roy’s leg for a turnover! Nice D, Ron! Still 77-73
7:20 – Oden fouls Yao as he goes up strong for a jump hook. Yao goes to the line and makes both FTs. 77-75 Portland
7:05 – Roy takes it strong to the hole and is stripped for a turnover! The defense has been great on Roy in the 4th quarter!
6:41 – Kyle Lowry skies for an offensive rebound and is fouled!
6:36 – Luis Scola hits a jumper from the top of the key to tie it! 77-77 TIE. 6-0 run!
Everyone in the building is screaming DEFENSE, DEFENSE as the Blazers bring it down the court! The Blazers miss, and Lowry skies for a defensive rebound with 6:13 remaining!
5:50 – Yao seals off Pryzbilla and scores on a jump hook in the middle of the lane! 79-77. Yao has 8 in the quarter!
5:32 – Scola picks up a foul.
5:23 – Outlaw drives the lane and loses the ball for a turnover. Landry picks up the loose ball.
5:04 – Artest is stripped of the ball, which leads to a fast break the other way, and Roy scores on a layup, BUT THE REFS CALL A BOGUS BLOCKING FOUL ON BATTIER. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A NO-CALL! Roy makes the free throw. 80-79 Portland
4:28 – Helter skelter play with lots of offensive rebounds. Eventually the ball gets to Battier for a wide open 3-pointer, AND HE HITS IT! 82-80 Houston
4:00 – Roy hits a 3-pointer. 83-82 Portland
3:36 – Artest misses a 3 pointer, but Landry grabs the offensive board!
3:23 – Battier hits another 3-pointer! 85-83 Hou
3:04 – Blake misses a 3-pointer, and Yao grabs the offensive rebound in traffic!
2:30 – Landry hits a long two! 87-83 Houston!
2:15 – Landry fouls Aldridge, who goes to the line and hits both FTs. 87-85 Hou
1:58 – Lowry throws a bounce pass to Yao in the paint, but he’s stripped, but then a couple of seconds later Steve Blake is stripped from behind by Artest for a steal!
1:34 – Artest jacks up a 3 that misses, but Landry skies for the offensive rebound in traffic, wrestles it away from Roy, and he’s fouled!
1:09 – Landry misses a runner in traffic
:41.4 – Rockets play good defense to force Blake to shoot an off balance jumper that misses. The rebound goes to Pryzbilla who throws it over Blake’s head that goes out of bounds for an over-and-back turnover! 6th turnover for the Blazers in the quarter!
:25 – Artest shoots a wide open off-balance jumper.
:10.7 – Chuck Hayes draws a charge against Roy!
9.9 – Brooks makes 1-of-2 free throws. 88-85 Hou
:4.8 – Outlaw misses a 3-pointer and Brooks grabs the offensive rebound, and he’s fouled! Brooks makes 1-of-2 FTs. 89-85
:2.3 – Fernandez hits a 3! 89-88
:1.2 – Lowry is fouled on the inbounds pass. He misses the first, then misses the 2nd intentionally, which he does. Luckily the Rockets don’t foul on Roy’s offensive rebound and fullcourt shot. Time expires since the Blazers had no timeouts, and Roy’s shot falls way short.