Houston Rockets Win Game 4: Kevin Durant said: “I wish I had that last playback”. Referring to the ’ final transition possession. With than 12 seconds remaining Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday.

The Houston Rockets were up by two . Draymond Green pulled down a to start the break. He passed it to Durant, dribbled the ball up the court. Instead of a shot, Durant found a cutting Klay Thompson along the baseline.

Trevor Ariza closed hard Thompson, forcing Thompson to put the ball the floor before firing up an ill-advised turnaround airball. Durant saw demanding a kick-out. with 5 seconds the . Green a timeout that went unnoticed by the officials.

Warriors stuck by his decision not to a timeout as soon as his team secured possession.

, I wanted the timeout,” Kerr said. “Draymond tried to around 4 seconds, but he got trapped. at that , the officials weren’t , ’re not going to down at our bench. So I saw Draymond trying to it I was hoping ’d it to us, but we didn’t get it.

“But I’m always a proponent of pushing the ball off of a miss and not a timeout, letting the defense get set up. So, I thought we’d get a shot transition. That’s why I play.”

Golden State went the fourth quarter with a 10- lead, but managed to 12 the frame, while Houston Rockets put up 25 to come away with the 95-92 win. The Houston Rockets evened the series at two games apiece.

“I think we just stop trusting our defense at in the game,” Green said. “We’ got to trust our defense, trust the game , and stick with it.”

Durant gave a breakdown of he was thinking on that crucial last possession.

“I raced it down, I was trying to see if I had options, I saw Klay running along the baseline. And maybe should waited until he set his feet, but I just threw a bounce pass and tried to relocate it,” he explained. “But, man! is not the reason we lost the game.

I wish it could been a possession at the , but, you know, we’ got to live with that and move on and be next game.”

Stephen Curry (39), Thompson (39), Durant (43) and Green (45) all played 39 or more . Andre Iguodala was sidelined with a left leg contusion. outscored the Houston Rockets 34-17 in the third quarter, but due to an further shortened rotation without Iguodala, Kerr said fatigue played a reason down the stretch.

“It’s the Western Conference finals,” Green said. “ you’re battling getting to the Finals, no worried about fatigue. We’re just trying to do you got to do to win the game.”

Thompson suffered a knee contusion in the second quarter after he banged it on the hardwood. He headed to the locker room treatment, re-entered the game soon after. Team officials said his injury is of no concern moving forward.

“It’s sore, but it’s early,” Thompson said. “I’m anticipating feeling better tomorrow.”

dropped a golden opportunity to the series in Houston on Thursday, but the locker room was surprisingly in good spirits following Tuesday’s contest. Durant told “just to get ” on .

As a team, the Warriors expressed disappointment in not sustaining a of play than focusing on one possession. Durant said that’s they need to fix to go Game 5.

“It’s the game that we’ got to get better at, especially in the fourth,” he said. “I think going up 10 going the fourth, it was a good opportunity for us to of take control, and we didn’t. So I wish I had that last playback. So I’m going to and see what my options were and just hope if I’m in that place again I’ll be better.”

Green offered his take. “We know we made of mistakes down the stretch in that fourth quarter. So, we’ll be fine,” he said.