HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden made an enormous 3-pointer in additional time and scored 41 factors, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Golden State Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night time to chop the deficit within the Western Convention semifinals to 2-1.
A layup by P.J. Tucker put Houston up by three with about 2 minutes left and the Warriors missed pictures on their subsequent two possessions. That arrange the 3-pointer by Harden with 49 seconds left that made it 124-118.
Kevin Durant made three free throws after that, however Harden added a layup to stretch the lead. Stephen Curry, who dislocated a finger in Sport 2, missed a wide-open layup and Harden grabbed the rebound to safe Houston’s victory.
The Rockets withstood a 46-point efficiency from Durant and late surge by the Warriors to keep away from falling right into a 3-Zero gap within the best-of-seven collection.
Sport Four is Monday night time in Houston.
Harden led the workforce regardless of recovering from accidents to each eyes he sustained in Sport 2 when he was hit within the face by Draymond Inexperienced. He was feeling higher on Saturday, however each eyes remained bloody purple in spots.
BOX SCORE: ROCKETS 126, WARRIORS 121, OT
Eric Gordon added a playoff career-high 30 factors with a playoff-best seven 3-pointers for Houston.
Curry completed with 17 factors after lacking two layups in additional time. Inexperienced added 19 for the Warriors.
Houston was clinging to a one-point lead when Iguodala’s 3-pointer put Golden State up 112-110 with 45 seconds remaining within the fourth. Harden made two free throws a couple of seconds after that to tie it and Durant missed a soar shot on the opposite finish to provide Houston an opportunity to win it in regulation.
Chris Paul was within the lane when Klay Thompson compelled a soar ball. Harden obtained the ball however did not have time to get a shot off earlier than the buzzer to ship it to additional time.
A dunk by Durant minimize Houston’s result in one halfway by means of the fourth quarter, however Austin Rivers hit a 3-pointer for Houston quickly after that to go away the Rockets up 108-104.
The Warriors regained the lead with about Three half minutes to go after 5 straight factors by Thompson made it 109-108. However Paul put Houston again on prime with two free throws quickly after that.
The Warriors used a 15-2 run on the finish of the third quarter and the start of the fourth to take a 94-93 lead with about 10 minutes remaining. Durant was unstoppable in that stretch, scoring all 10 of Golden State’s factors to start out the fourth.
Tucker, Houston’s defensive stopper who had been on the bench with 4 fouls, re-entered the sport to attempt to assist gradual Durant down.
Durant cooled off after that, however Iguodala and Thompson each made 3-pointers quickly after that and the Warriors remained up by some extent with about eight minutes left within the fourth.
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