HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Rockets made a statement in game one of the Western Conference semifinal series against the San Antonio Spurs on their home floor with 22 threes and a 27 point victory.

With the Spurs taking the next two games, including game three at Toyota Center, the Rockets found themselves backpedaling in a series that the Rockets seemed poised to win after their dominating performance in the series opener.

The Rockets finally responded on their home floor and instead of going to San Antonio on the brink of elimination, the Rockets buried 19 threes in a 124-104 win to even the series at two wins apiece.

With potentially three games left the Rockets find themselves needing to win at least one more game in San Antonio if they are to advance to the Western Conference finals for the second time in three years.

“That’s the reality of the series at this point we got to go there twice worse case scenario, we gotta go get one of them,” Rockets guard Lou Williams said when asked if there’s any additional confidence since they already have a victory in San Antonio.  “Obviously have our work cut out for us  and we understand the importance of that.”

With both teams winning on each other’s home floor it has become evident that neither team is bothered nor intimidated by the opposing venue and each series has some down to pace and offensive style.

“We just know we have to win one there that’s for sure,” Rockets guard Eric Gordon said after scoring 22 points off the bench in the Game 4 win. “Whoever has the best tempo usually wins. They like to play slow. We like to play fast. Whoever has the best tempo as you can see that’s the team who will win.

Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio


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