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Harden scores 30, Rockets even series at 2 games apiece

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Chris Paul pounded the ball down demonstratively on Stephen Curry's home court in sheer delight.

And maybe he sent a little message: These Rockets are for real and very much remain in the championship chase.

Houston handled the defending champions in their hostile, imposing home arena and sustained the latest second-half flurry by Curry, getting 30 points from James Harden and another 27 from Paul to even the Western Conference finals at two games apiece with a 95-92 victory Tuesday night.

Curry scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 27 points and 12 rebounds but the Warriors missed their final five shots from the floor and their NBA-record postseason winning streak at home ended at 16 games.

The Rockets shook off a 41-point embarrassment in Game 3, a 12-0 deficit to start Tuesday and another big run by the Warriors in the third, then won it with defense down the stretch.

''We're a team. We're really good as a team,'' Harden said.

Paul rebounded Klay Thompson's miss just before the final buzzer sounded for the first time and celebrated in front of a stunned, yellow-clad home crowd. A replay review ensued and it was determined Shaun Livingston fouled Paul before the game ended, so Paul made a free throw with 0.5 seconds left.

And he did it all playing on a tender foot.

''A whole lot of treatment,'' Paul said. ''It's as good as it's going to be right now.''

Curry couldn't get off a final attempt before the buzzer.

Game 5 is Thursday night at Houston. Golden State, which went a record 16-1 on the way to last year's title, will play its longest playoff round after closing out its first two series in five games.

''Now we've got to fight and really understand that this is a true playoff-type experience,'' Curry said.

Golden State got the ball with 1:27 to play down 94-91 and Thompson and Curry each missed contested 3-pointers.

The Warriors got another chance with 42.5 seconds left following Houston's shot-clock violation. Curry missed a driving layup and Draymond Green pulled down the offensive rebound and was fouled by Paul, but Green converted only one free throw.

''I thought this is the highest level we've ever played defensively, without a doubt,'' Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said, ''because we're talking about the best offensive team ever.''

The Rockets went ahead 85-84 with 6:03 remaining on Trevor Ariza's 3-pointer from the baseline after a beautiful bounce pass from the opposite corner by Paul.

Golden State trailed 91-86 with 3:30 left following a pair of free throws by Eric Gordon, then Curry converted a three-point play moments later.

Green wound up with 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists while going at it with Paul all night in Game 4 - the first nail-biter so far in a series that had featured only lopsided results of 13 points or more.

''I'm sure we'll look at the film and kick ourselves,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ''Look, this is a great team we're playing. They won 65 games for a reason.''

Curry knocked down three straight 3-pointers during a key third-quarter sequence in which he scored 11 consecutive points before Thompson's 3.

Down 53-46 at halftime two days after a franchise playoff-record 41-point victory in Sunday's 126-85 win, Curry shined in the second half once more. He scored 17 in all during the third-quarter spurt.

Curry came out and hit a 3 from the top and seemed on his way to another spectacular finish until the late misses on a night both Western Conference powers shot just 39 percent.

His 3-pointer from 29 feet out at the 5:43 mark of the third got Golden State back within 62-60 then he knocked down another moments later on the Warriors' next possession for the lead. Then, another from the baseline before a driving layup to the left.

Much-improved Warriors big man Kevon Looney, who shed 30 pounds last offseason, earned his first career postseason start in place of injured Andre Iguodala and had four points and six rebounds.

Iguodala, who banged his left knee during the fourth quarter of Sunday's win, was upgraded from doubtful to questionable after an MRI exam earlier Tuesday on the knee revealed no structural damage.

The Warriors got another scare when Thompson briefly went to the locker room in the second quarter with a left knee strain then returned and hit baseline 3-pointers from both sides and wound up with 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting.

The Rockets missed their first eight field-goal tries and committed two turnovers before Harden's layup with 6:42 left in the first. D'Antoni called timeout at the 7:06 mark of the first with his team trailing 12-0.

''We just kept playing,'' Paul said.

TIP-INS

Rockets: The Rockets were outrebounded 49-41. ... Houston scored just 19 first-quarter points, its fifth straight period failing to score more than 24 before scoring 34 in the second. ... After saying the pressure was on the Warriors, D'Antoni cracked pregame, ''That really worked out well, didn't it?''

Warriors: Curry picked up his third foul at the 5:06 mark of the second quarter and took a seat and Golden State was limited to 18 points in the period. He pumped his right arm so hard after a basket in the first he nearly hit official Mike Callahan. ... Curry made his signature pregame tunnel shot on the fourth try. ... Golden State dropped to 32-7 in the postseason since 2015 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 points. ... Looney started for just the ninth time in his three-year NBA career.

IGUODALA OUT

Without 2015 NBA Finals MVP Iguodala, the Warriors were down one of their top defenders and playmakers.

Iguodala's status for Game 5 was still unclear. Since 2014-15, Golden State is 14-4 in postseason games started by Iguodala.

''If it was close, he would play,'' Kerr said. ''He's injured so he's not playing. So we'll see what happens in the next couple of days.''

TECHNICAL STANDS

The Warriors spoke to the NBA about Green's double-technical in Game 3 with Trevor Ariza issued at the 6:49 mark of the fourth quarter when Ariza shoved Green as they traded words.

''They're not rescinding it,'' Kerr said. ''Those conversations are always private, so we respect their decision and move on.''

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:41 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot 0-2
11:20   Lost ball turnover on Clint Capela, stolen by Stephen Curry  
11:11 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 0-5
10:42   Trevor Ariza missed jump shot  
10:42   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
10:37   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
10:22   James Harden missed jump shot  
10:18   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
10:14   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:09   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
10:00   Clint Capela missed layup  
9:56   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
9:51   Kevon Looney missed layup, blocked by James Harden  
9:50   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
9:49 +2 Kevon Looney made layup 0-7
9:37   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:33   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
9:29   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:25   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:17   P.J. Tucker missed floating jump shot  
9:14   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:06   Personal foul on Trevor Ariza  
8:58   Offensive foul on Stephen Curry  
8:58   Offensive foul on Stephen Curry  
8:37   James Harden missed jump shot  
8:36   Team rebound  
8:19   Personal foul on Trevor Ariza  
8:04   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. floating jump shot  
8:00   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:55   Kicked ball violation  
7:44   Out of bounds turnover on Clint Capela  
7:35 +2 Draymond Green made layup, assist by Stephen Curry 0-9
7:28   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:25   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:07 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot 0-12
6:55   Chris Paul missed fade-away jump shot  
6:53   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
6:47   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by P.J. Tucker  
6:42 +2 James Harden made layup, assist by P.J. Tucker 2-12
6:17   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
6:14   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
5:58 +2 James Harden made floating jump shot 4-12
5:38   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
5:33   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
5:22   Bad pass turnover on Trevor Ariza, stolen by Draymond Green  
5:16 +2 Draymond Green made finger-roll layup 4-14
4:59 +3 Trevor Ariza made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 7-14
4:34   Kevin Durant missed driving layup  
4:31   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
4:28   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:24   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
4:23   Lost ball turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by James Harden  
4:01   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:57   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
3:42 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 7-16
3:33   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:30   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
3:24 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 7-18
3:24   Shooting foul on Eric Gordon  
3:24 +1 Stephen Curry made free throw 7-19
3:10 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 10-19
2:48 +2 Draymond Green made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 10-21
2:36 +2 James Harden made driving layup 12-21
2:36   Defensive goaltending violation  
2:15   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
2:10   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
1:56   Lost ball turnover on James Harden, stolen by Jordan Bell  
1:40 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 12-23
1:40   Shooting foul on James Harden  
1:40 +1 Kevin Durant made free throw 12-24
1:28 +2 Eric Gordon made driving dunk 14-24
1:28   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
1:28 +1 Eric Gordon made free throw 15-24
1:10   Kevin Durant missed jump shot, blocked by P.J. Tucker  
1:06   Offensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
1:02 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 15-26
0:49   Clint Capela missed reverse layup  
0:46   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
0:43   Nick Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:40   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
0:39   Personal foul on Kevin Durant  
0:39 +1 Clint Capela made 1st of 2 free throws 16-26
0:39 +1 Clint Capela made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-26
0:22   Shaun Livingston missed fade-away jump shot  
0:17   Kevon Looney missed dunk  
0:17   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
0:16   Offensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
0:16 +2 Jordan Bell made dunk 17-28
0:00   Clint Capela missed layup, blocked by Jordan Bell  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00 +2 Eric Gordon made layup, assist by Chris Paul 19-28
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:52   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
11:43 +2 Eric Gordon made finger-roll layup 21-28
11:23   Klay Thompson missed driving layup, blocked by Clint Capela  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
11:07   Lost ball turnover on Eric Gordon, stolen by Shaun Livingston  
11:07   Personal foul on Chris Paul  
10:58   Stephen Curry missed driving layup  
10:54   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
10:53   James Harden missed floating jump shot  
10:47   Offensive rebound by James Harden  
10:46   James Harden missed jump shot, blocked by Draymond Green  
10:43   Offensive rebound by James Harden  
10:39   James Harden missed jump shot  
10:36   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
10:33 +2 Shaun Livingston made dunk 21-30
10:19   Bad pass turnover on Chris Paul, stolen by Draymond Green  
10:16   Out of bounds turnover on Shaun Livingston  
9:56   Chris Paul missed driving layup  
9:55   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
9:48   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:45   Offensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
9:39   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot  
9:35   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:29   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:25   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
9:21   Offensive foul on Shaun Livingston  
9:21   Offensive foul on Shaun Livingston  
9:04   Shooting foul on Jordan Bell  
9:04 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 22-30
9:04 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 23-30
8:55   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
8:54 +2 Draymond Green made dunk 23-32
8:54   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
8:33 +2 Chris Paul made jump shot 25-32
8:13   Personal foul on P.J. Tucker  
8:04   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:59   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:57   Offensive foul on Chris Paul  
7:57   Offensive foul on Chris Paul  
7:34 +2 Nick Young made layup, assist by Draymond Green 25-34
7:21 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 28-34
7:03 +2 Kevin Durant made finger-roll layup 28-36
6:43   Personal foul on Shaun Livingston  
6:30 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 31-36
6:14   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Chris Paul  
6:06 +2 James Harden made driving dunk 33-36
6:06   Shooting foul on Stephen Curry  
6:06 +1 James Harden made free throw 34-36
5:49   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
5:45   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
5:31   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:27   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
5:23 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 34-38
5:06   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
5:06 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 35-38
5:06 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-38
4:50   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
4:49   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
4:48   Kevon Looney missed dunk  
4:47   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
4:39   Kevin Durant missed driving layup  
4:38   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
4:37   Kevon Looney missed layup  
4:36   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
4:31   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:29   Team rebound  
4:29   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
4:13   Klay Thompson missed jump shot, blocked by Eric Gordon  
4:13   Team rebound  
4:11   Personal foul on Quinn Cook  
4:11   Clint Capela missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:11   Team rebound  
4:11 +1 Clint Capela made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-38
3:53 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 37-41
3:32 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot, assist by Trevor Ariza 40-41
3:10   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
3:08   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
3:06   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
3:06   Chris Paul missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:06   Team rebound  
3:06 +1 Chris Paul made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-41
2:54   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
2:49   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
2:46   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:42   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:38 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 41-43
2:22 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 44-43
2:00   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:59   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
1:59   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
1:59 +1 P.J. Tucker made 1st of 2 free throws 45-43
1:59 +1 P.J. Tucker made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-43
1:46   Bad pass turnover on Nick Young, stolen by James Harden  
1:42 +2 Chris Paul made layup, assist by James Harden 48-43
1:25   Lost ball turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by James Harden  
1:21 +2 James Harden made dunk 50-43
1:21   Delay of game violation  
1:06   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:05   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
1:01   Nick Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:59   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
0:53 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 53-43
0:40   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
0:40 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 3 free throws 53-44
0:40 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 3 free throws 53-45
0:40 +1 Kevin Durant made 3rd of 3 free throws 53-46
0:28   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:26   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
0:16   James Harden missed jump shot  
0:16   Team rebound  
0:16   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
0:01   Stephen Curry missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by James Harden  
0:01   Stephen Curry missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by James Harden  
0:00   Team rebound  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
11:42 +1 Trevor Ariza made 1st of 2 free throws 54-46
11:42   Trevor Ariza missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:40   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
11:18   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
11:15   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
11:13 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevon Looney 54-49
10:55   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
10:35   Kevin Durant missed turnaround jump shot  
10:31   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
10:19   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:17   Team rebound  
10:17   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
10:02 +2 Kevon Looney made layup, assist by Draymond Green 54-51
9:49   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
9:34 +2 Clint Capela made hook shot, assist by Chris Paul 56-51
9:16   Shooting foul on Chris Paul  
9:16 +1 Draymond Green made 1st of 2 free throws 56-52
9:16 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-53
8:56   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:50   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
8:42   Out of bounds turnover on Klay Thompson  
8:24 +2 Chris Paul made floating jump shot 58-53
8:09   Draymond Green missed turnaround jump shot  
8:05   Offensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
8:06   Personal foul on James Harden  
8:00 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 58-55
7:46   Chris Paul missed layup  
7:42   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
7:42   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Durant  
7:32   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
7:32 +1 Eric Gordon made 1st of 2 free throws 59-55
7:32 +1 Eric Gordon made 2nd of 2 free throws 60-55
7:17   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Trevor Ariza  
7:16   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
6:57 +2 James Harden made floating jump shot 62-55
6:40 +2 Jordan Bell made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 62-57
6:27   Eric Gordon missed floating jump shot  
6:26   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
6:21   Offensive foul on Draymond Green  
6:21   Offensive foul on Draymond Green  
5:58   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:57   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
5:43 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 62-60
5:32   Out of bounds turnover on Trevor Ariza  
5:21 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 62-63
5:06   Eric Gordon missed driving layup  
5:03   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
4:48 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 62-66
4:30 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 65-66
4:07 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 65-68
3:57