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Durant leads the way again, Warriors lead Rockets 2-0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors brought it on both ends, kept their mouths shut and handled business at home against James Harden and the Rockets.

Now, the two-time defending champions are headed to Houston with a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal.

Durant scored 29 points and established an early defensive tone against Harden, leading the Warriors past the Rockets 115-109 on Tuesday night as the focus refreshingly returned to basketball after two days of constant chatter about the officiating.

''Tonight I think it was a great officiated game,'' Golden State's Draymond Green said. ''They let us be physical, both teams, and they made the calls they needed to make. It was kind of disheartening for a game that I love since I was a child to see the talk over the last two days was nothing about basketball and everything about foul calls. Is that what this game is coming to?''

Harden got hit in both eyes early but was able to return and finished with 29 points and seven rebounds

''I barely could see,'' said Harden, who was treated with eye drops.

Boos regularly greeted both Harden and Chris Paul at deafening Oracle Arena, where the Rockets complained after a 104-100 Game 1 defeat that the officials missed foul calls when the Warriors closed out on Houston's 3-point shooters.

Paul celebrated and cheered when Harden drew a foul on Durant in the closing seconds of the third on a very such play. Harden converted three free throws to pull Houston within 82-75 going into the final 12 minutes.

Harden scored seven straight Houston points during one stretch midway through the fourth, including a 3 at 7:25 that go the Rockets within 92-89. Stephen Curry connected for a key 3 at the 6:31 mark on the way to 20 points.

Harden's eyes were still red and bothering him postgame.

''It's pretty blurry right now. Hopefully it gets better day by day,'' Harden said.

Klay Thompson scored 21 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third. Green had 15 points, 12 rebounds - three on the offensive end over two possessions in the opening quarter - and seven assists.

Game 3 is Saturday in Houston.

Players on both sides stayed poised with cool heads.

''I felt like both teams, both coaches, just let the refs do their jobs all night,'' Durant said. ''I think the refs did an amazing job, the players did a great job, and the coaches.''

Durant set a tone when took an early charge from Harden and blocked one of his shots as Houston committed five quick turnovers that led to 10 points. Andre Iguodala, who also handled much of the load defending Harden, added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Curry dislocated his left middle finger in the first quarter but X-rays were negative and he returned with it taped.

Curry missed his first four 3-point tries before hitting late in the first and played in foul trouble once more. He picked up his fourth with 6:43 in the third on a reach in, something he's been working to stop doing.

Harden injured his eyes with 6:39 left in the first, grabbing at his face after he and Green fought for a loose rebound and Green's left hand got Harden in the face.

When Harden went to the locker room with 6:27 left and a towel over his left eye for a cut, Green patted him on the back and checked to make sure he was OK. Harden returned at the 7:09 mark of the second.

''That's him. I didn't have a doubt he was coming back unless it was something catastrophic,'' coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Both teams were more composed when it came to mouthing off at the referees.

Harden already had a history with official Scott Foster, who worked Tuesday's game. The reigning MVP was fined $25,000 for calling Foster ''rude and arrogant'' following a 121-111 loss at the Lakers on Feb. 21 in which Harden fouled out.

In Game 1, Paul was automatically ejected with 4.4 seconds left following a second technical and fined $35,000 by the NBA on Monday for making contact with official Josh Tiven.

D'Antoni emphasized the scrutiny of officials ''shouldn't continue.''

Durant's run of five straight performances scoring at least 30 points was snapped.

With 201 points over his previous five games, he became the fourth player in NBA history to score 200 or more in such a span - joining LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Michael Jordan.

GREEN'S TECHNICALS

Green and Nene got tangled up and drew double technicals after Harden's third free throw at the end of the third.

With his fourth technical of the postseason, Green is three away from an automatic one-game suspension.

The Warriors plan to reach out to the league about getting the technical rescinded because coach Steve Kerr considered it one of those intense plays that happen in the postseason.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Houston committed nine first-quarter turnovers leading to 14 Warriors points while shooting 7 for 19. ... Reserve G Austin Rivers returned after he missed Game 1 with an illness. ... Houston is 5-14 vs. the Warriors dating to the 2015 Western Conference finals won by the Warriors on the way to their first title in 40 years. ... After going 14 of 47 from deep in the series opener, missing their initial eight threes and 27 straight to end Game 7 vs. Golden State last year, Houston shot 17 for 40 on 3s in Game 2.

Warriors: The Warriors committed just 12 turnovers after it became a big focus after getting 20 in Game 1. ... Golden State improved to 6-1 all-time in the postseason when using the starting lineup of Curry, Durant, Green, Iguodala and Thompson. ... With 324 career postseason 3s, Thompson matched Manu Ginobili for fourth on the NBA's all-time postseason list for 3s.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:46   Traveling violation turnover on Clint Capela  
11:30 +2 Andre Iguodala made jump shot 0-2
11:22   Offensive foul on James Harden  
11:22   Offensive foul on James Harden  
11:06   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
11:06 +1 Andre Iguodala made 1st of 2 free throws 0-3
11:06   Andre Iguodala missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:04   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
10:42   Out of bounds turnover on Eric Gordon  
10:35 +3 Andre Iguodala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 0-6
10:09   James Harden missed floating jump shot  
10:08 +2 Clint Capela made dunk 2-6
9:49   Bad pass turnover on Chris Paul, stolen by Kevin Durant  
9:43 +2 Klay Thompson made layup, assist by Kevin Durant 2-8
9:30   James Harden missed driving layup, blocked by Kevin Durant  
9:29   HOU team rebound  
9:05   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
8:41   Kevin Durant missed finger-roll layup  
8:35   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
8:35 +2 Draymond Green made dunk 5-10
8:31   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
8:31   Clint Capela missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:31   HOU team rebound  
8:31 +1 Clint Capela made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-10
8:09 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 6-12
7:48 +2 Chris Paul made fade-away jump shot, assist by P.J. Tucker 8-12
7:31   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:28   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
7:20   Bad pass turnover on Chris Paul, stolen by Draymond Green  
7:13   Klay Thompson missed fade-away jump shot  
7:12   Offensive rebound by Jonas Jerebko  
7:12 +2 Jonas Jerebko made dunk 8-14
6:52   Violation  
6:43   James Harden missed driving layup  
6:38   Defensive rebound by Jonas Jerebko  
6:32 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 8-17
6:15   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:00   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
5:56   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
5:51   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
5:29   Bad pass turnover on Eric Gordon, stolen by Klay Thompson  
5:17 +2 Jonas Jerebko made layup, assist by Andre Iguodala 8-19
5:12   Personal foul on Kevin Durant  
4:56   Violation  
4:45   Danuel House Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:41   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
4:34 +2 Draymond Green made hook shot, assist by Kevin Durant 8-21
4:32   Shooting foul on Chris Paul  
4:32 +1 Draymond Green made free throw 8-22
4:20 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 11-22
4:06   Alfonzo McKinnie missed jump shot  
4:02   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
4:02   Draymond Green missed dunk  
4:01   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
4:01 +2 Draymond Green made dunk 11-24
3:57   Iman Shumpert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:52   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:45   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:35   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
3:35   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
3:19 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 14-24
3:04   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:59   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
2:53   Iman Shumpert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:51   GS team rebound  
2:26   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
2:23   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:18   Defensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
2:04   Iman Shumpert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:00   Offensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
1:59   Kenneth Faried missed jump shot  
1:57   HOU team rebound  
1:50   Austin Rivers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:50   Austin Rivers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:45   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
1:28   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
1:11   Bad pass turnover on Austin Rivers, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
1:06   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:04   Offensive rebound by Jonas Jerebko  
1:04   Jonas Jerebko missed dunk  
0:58   Defensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
0:57   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:55   Defensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
0:44 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 14-26
0:30   Iman Shumpert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:28   Offensive rebound by Kenneth Faried  
0:28 +3 Gerald Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kenneth Faried 17-26
0:08 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 17-29
0:02 +3 Austin Rivers made 3-pt. jump shot 20-29
0:08 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 17-29
0:01 +3 Austin Rivers made 3-pt. jump shot 20-29
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:40   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
11:34   Defensive rebound by Austin Rivers  
11:14   Jonas Jerebko missed hook shot  
11:12   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
11:02   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
10:56   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:52   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
10:46   Shooting foul on Gerald Green  
10:46 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 22-30
10:46 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-31
10:24 +2 Clint Capela made layup, assist by Chris Paul 24-31
10:10   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
10:05   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
10:04   Shaun Livingston missed dunk, blocked by Clint Capela  
10:02   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:52   Eric Gordon missed driving layup, blocked by Kevon Looney  
9:46   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:44 +3 Austin Rivers made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Clint Capela 27-31
9:28   Shaun Livingston missed driving layup, blocked by Clint Capela  
9:27   GS team rebound  
9:16   Offensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
9:14   Andrew Bogut missed dunk  
9:14   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
9:14   Personal foul on Shaun Livingston  
8:59   Bad pass turnover on Chris Paul, stolen by Shaun Livingston  
8:58   GS team rebound  
8:58 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-32
8:41 +2 Clint Capela made dunk 29-32
8:19   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:17   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
7:58   Offensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
7:46 +2 Kevin Durant made fade-away jump shot 29-34
7:36 +2 Eric Gordon made driving layup, assist by Chris Paul 31-34
7:32   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot  
7:30   Offensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
7:30 +2 Alfonzo McKinnie made dunk 31-36
7:17   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:15   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
7:09   Personal foul on P.J. Tucker  
6:57   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:52 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot 31-38
6:49   Full timeout called  
6:08 +2 Andre Iguodala made alley-oop shot, assist by Draymond Green 31-40
5:44 +2 James Harden made driving layup 33-40
5:25 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 33-42
4:58   Draymond Green missed floating jump shot  
4:57   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
4:39 +2 Klay Thompson made turnaround jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 33-44
4:27 +2 James Harden made finger-roll layup 35-44
4:20 +2 Klay Thompson made dunk, assist by Andre Iguodala 35-46
3:52 +2 Klay Thompson made turnaround jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 38-48
3:29   Clint Capela missed layup, blocked by Stephen Curry  
3:27   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
3:21   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:19   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
3:09 +3 Austin Rivers made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 41-48
2:57 +2 Stephen Curry made floating jump shot 41-50
2:57   Shooting foul on Clint Capela  
2:57 +1 Stephen Curry made free throw 41-51
2:20 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 41-54
2:07 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 44-54
1:50   Bad pass turnover on Andre Iguodala, stolen by P.J. Tucker  
1:41   Offensive foul on Chris Paul  
1:41   Turnover on Chris Paul  
1:29 +2 Stephen Curry made floating jump shot 44-56
1:10   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
0:59   Austin Rivers missed floating jump shot  
0:50   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:48   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
0:48 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk 44-58
0:34   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
0:34 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 45-58
0:29   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
0:28   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Klay Thompson 49-61
11:26 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 52-61
11:15   Shooting foul on Clint Capela  
11:15 +1 Draymond Green made 1st of 2 free throws 52-62
11:15 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-63
11:05   Shooting foul on Kevin Durant  
11:05 +1 Clint Capela made 1st of 2 free throws 53-63
11:05   Clint Capela missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:03   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
10:46   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
10:41 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 55-63
10:11   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:11   GS team rebound  
9:58 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 55-68
9:40   James Harden missed floating jump shot  
9:39   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:17   Bad pass turnover on Klay Thompson, stolen by James Harden  
9:09 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 58-68
8:55 +2 Draymond Green made layup, assist by Stephen Curry 58-70
8:50   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
8:33   Chris Paul missed floating jump shot  
8:32   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
8:28 +2 Clint Capela made turnaround jump shot 60-70
8:05   Bad pass turnover on James Harden, stolen by Klay Thompson  
8:00   Personal foul on James Harden  
7:54   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
7:38   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:36   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
7:26   Kevin Durant missed floating jump shot  
7:16 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 63-73
7:07 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 63-76
6:43   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
6:31 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 66-76
6:12   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:07   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:00   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
6:00   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
5:43   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
5:43   Clint Capela missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:43 +1 Clint Capela made 2nd of 2 free throws 67-76
5:34   Personal foul on Austin Rivers  
5:21   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:14   HOU team rebound  
4:57   Austin Rivers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:53   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
4:45 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 67-79
4:29   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:24   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
3:56   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:50   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
3:34   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
3:28   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
3:12   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:09   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
2:55   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
2:43   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
2:28   Chris Paul missed layup  
2:27   Offensive rebound by Chris Paul  
2:05   Out of bounds turnover on Klay Thompson  
1:56   Double dribble turnover on James Harden  
1:44   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:40   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
1:37   Shooting foul on Shaun Livingston  
1:37 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 70-82
1:37   James Harden missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:35   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
1:21   Alfonzo McKinnie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:16   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
1:10   James Harden missed driving layup, blocked by Kevin Durant  
1:06   Offensive rebound by Nene  
1:01 +1 Chris Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 71-82
1:01 +1 Chris Paul made 2nd of 2 free throws 72-82
0:49   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
0:33   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:31   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
0:31   Personal foul on P.J. Tucker  
0:11   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
0:06   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
0:01   Shooting foul on Kevin Durant  
0:01 +1 James Harden made 1st of 3 free throws 73-82
0:01 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 3 free throws 74-82
0:01 +1 James Harden made 3rd of 3 free throws 75-82
0:01   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
0:00   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. turnaround jump shot  
0:00   GS team rebound  
0:00   End of period