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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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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Personal foul on James Harden 0:02
+ 2 James Harden made dunk, assist by Chris Paul 0:03
  Out of bounds turnover on Stephen Curry 0:04
+ 3 Austin Rivers made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by P.J. Tucker 0:05
  Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker 0:09
  Kevin Durant missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:11
+ 1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 0:11
  Personal foul on Austin Rivers 0:11
+ 2 Chris Paul made driving layup 0:14
Team Stats
Points 109 115
Field Goals 36-77 (46.8%) 42-91 (46.2%)
3-Pointers 17-40 (42.5%) 11-36 (30.6%)
Free Throws 20-25 (80.0%) 20-24 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 47 52
Offensive 10 18
Defensive 31 27
Team 6 7
Assists 17 24
Steals 5 10
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 17 12
Fouls 21 23
Technicals 1 1
29 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
29 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo 4 Rockets 0-2 20292634109
home team logo 1 Warriors 2-0 29292433115
Team Stats
away team logo Rockets 0-2 108.5 PPG 42.9 RPG 18.3 APG
home team logo Warriors 2-0 114.1 PPG 43.3 RPG 28.4 APG
Key Players
J. Harden SG 31.6 PPG 6.8 RPG 6.6 APG 41.3 FG%
K. Durant SF 32.3 PPG 4.9 RPG 4.5 APG 51.4 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harden SG 29 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
K. Durant SF 29 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
46.8 FG% 46.2
42.5 3PT FG% 30.6
80.0 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 29 7 4 9/19 3/7 8/9 4 34 1 0 6 0 7 -9 39
C. Paul 18 7 6 6/14 2/7 4/4 2 40 3 0 4 2 5 +5 36
E. Gordon 15 1 0 6/13 3/7 0/0 0 36 0 0 3 0 1 -12 13
C. Capela 14 10 2 5/7 0/0 4/8 6 32 0 2 1 4 6 -19 29
P. Tucker 13 10 2 3/5 3/5 4/4 4 41 1 0 0 1 9 -10 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 29 7 4 9/19 3/7 8/9 4 34 1 0 6 0 7 -9 39
C. Paul 18 7 6 6/14 2/7 4/4 2 40 3 0 4 2 5 +5 36
E. Gordon 15 1 0 6/13 3/7 0/0 0 36 0 0 3 0 1 -12 13
C. Capela 14 10 2 5/7 0/0 4/8 6 32 0 2 1 4 6 -19 29
P. Tucker 13 10 2 3/5 3/5 4/4 4 41 1 0 0 1 9 -10 28
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Rivers 14 1 2 5/8 4/6 0/0 4 24 0 0 3 0 1 +10 16
G. Green 6 0 0 2/4 2/3 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 +4 6
K. Faried 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 +2 3
I. Shumpert 0 3 0 0/4 0/4 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 1 2 +5 3
D. House Jr. 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 -11 0
Nene 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 +5 1
G. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hartenstein - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Duval - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Chiozza - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 109 41 17 36/77 17/40 20/25 21 235 5 2 17 10 31 -30 174
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Durant 29 5 4 9/22 3/6 8/10 5 43 1 2 3 0 5 +6 42
K. Thompson 21 5 2 8/18 3/9 2/2 2 41 3 0 2 0 5 +17 31
S. Curry 20 3 5 6/16 3/13 5/5 5 33 2 1 3 1 2 +9 33
A. Iguodala 16 5 4 6/9 2/5 2/4 2 32 1 1 1 4 1 +17 30
D. Green 15 12 7 6/10 0/2 3/3 3 38 2 0 3 5 7 +11 40
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Durant 29 5 4 9/22 3/6 8/10 5 43 1 2 3 0 5 +6 42
K. Thompson 21 5 2 8/18 3/9 2/2 2 41 3 0 2 0 5 +17 31
S. Curry 20 3 5 6/16 3/13 5/5 5 33 2 1 3 1 2 +9 33
A. Iguodala 16 5 4 6/9 2/5 2/4 2 32 1 1 1 4 1 +17 30
D. Green 15 12 7 6/10 0/2 3/3 3 38 2 0 3 5 7 +11 40
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Livingston 6 1 1 3/7 0/0 0/0 2 13 1 0 0 0 1 -13 10
J. Jerebko 4 5 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 2 3 +2 9
K. Looney 2 4 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 4 15 0 1 0 3 1 -10 9
A. McKinnie 2 3 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 2 1 -10 5
A. Bogut 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 +1 2
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Derrickson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 115 45 24 42/91 11/36 20/24 23 235 10 5 12 18 27 +30 211