D'Antoni: "Tucker was not going to let us lose this game"

Mike D'Antoni highlighted the role of PJ Tucker, as did the rest of his teammates. "He is not the classic player that is on display," said Chris Paul.


Houston Rockets coach, Mike D'Antoni, along with Chris Paul base, and James Harden and Eric Gordon escorts, were "pleased" by the winning team character they had after prevailing in overtime by 126- 121 to the Golden State Warriors in the third game of their playoff tie.

"We have faced a great team, with players like Kevin Durant, who made things very difficult for us, but we also had men keys like PJ Tucker, Harden, Paul and Gordon who completed brilliant actions, "said D'Antoni. "Playing as a local team also helps you and in the end we show character, fighting spirit and never giving up the game," he said.

Paul, James and Gordon acknowledged that the big difference was Tucker.

"He gave everything both in defense and in attack, something he does in each game, and that's what allowed us to win, he's not the classic player that is exhibited, but he does his work outside statistics ", said Paul.

" It did not matter if Capela was in the field, or we played with low men, the key to the game was that we were always aggressive.Another of the differential factors in favor was having played a great defense, "Harden said.

James Harden also acknowledged that the communication within the Texas team was always very good and made a difference in this meeting.

"It is a constant, that we know how we should act when we are in the field", reiter or Harden, who finished with 41 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Harden was decisive in extra time by scoring seven points, including the last five -triple and penetration- in the absence of 49 seconds that defined the win of the Rockets.

Gordon, who starred in his best playoff game as a professional to score 30 points, including seven rebounds, said he always had confidence in his game.

"I knew what was at stake for the whole team and from the beginning I had the confidence of make the shots to basket that my teammates gave me. I think we could have won the game in the regular time, but Durant was unstoppable in some shots that were really spectacular, "Gordon acknowledged.

Tanto D'Antoni as Paul, who finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, commented that they had achieved a first goal to ensure victory at the start of the series, but now the most important would be the fourth, which will be played next Monday.

"We will be ready to fight to the maximum and seek again the win to give us the draw in the series and start again from scratch in the fifth game. What we have achieved tonight gives us the confidence that we can compete at the same level as the Warriors, something we already did in the previous two games, but the result was adverse, "Harden recalled.



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