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Harden scores 41 as Rockets outlast Warriors 126-121 in OT

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden made a 3-pointer to finish off the Golden State Warriors in overtime.

Eric Gordon helped the Rockets get to that point with the best playoff performance of his career.

Harden scored 41 points, and Houston outlasted the Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night to cut the deficit in the Western Conference semifinals to 2-1.

A layup by P.J. Tucker put Houston up by three with about 2 minutes left and the Warriors missed shots on their next two possessions. That set up the 3-pointer by Harden with 49 seconds left that made it 124-118.

Kevin Durant made three free throws after that, but Harden added a layup to stretch the lead. Stephen Curry, who dislocated a finger in Game 2, missed a wide-open layup and Harden grabbed the rebound to secure the victory.

Gordon added a playoff career-high 30 points with a playoff-best seven 3-pointers.

''It's all about bringing something to the table, offensively, defensively every single night to give yourself a chance to win,'' he said.

Durant said Gordon was ''very important'' to Houston's win.

''He kept them afloat for a while,'' he said.

The Rockets withstood a 46-point performance from Durant and late surge by the Warriors to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 is Monday night in Houston.

Harden led the team despite recovering from injuries to both eyes he sustained in Game 2 when he was hit in the face by Draymond Green. He said they didn't bother him on Saturday, but both eyes remained bloody red in spots.

''That's James. That's what he does,'' Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Curry finished with 17 points on 7-for-23 shooting after missing two layups in overtime. He wouldn't say if his injury was limiting him on Saturday night.

''I've just got to make those,'' he said. ''If I'm out there playing, I've got to produce and it just didn't happen tonight.''

Green added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Houston was clinging to a one-point lead when Iguodala's 3-pointer put Golden State up 112-110 with 45 seconds remaining in the fourth. Harden made two free throws a few seconds after that to tie it and Durant missed a jump shot on the other end to give Houston a chance to win it in regulation.

Chris Paul was in the lane when Klay Thompson forced a jump ball. Harden got the ball but didn't have time to get a shot off before the buzzer.

The Warriors used a 15-2 run at the end of the third quarter and the beginning 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 points to start the fourth.

Tucker, Houston's defensive stopper who had been on the bench with four fouls, re-entered the game to try and help slow Durant down. Tucker was really unhappy while he sat on the bench and watched Durant singlehandedly give Golden State the lead.

Asked if he said something to D'Antoni about it to get back in the game he said: ''Oh, I said something to all of them.''

Durant cooled off after that, but Iguodala and Thompson both made 3-pointers soon after that and the Warriors remained up by a point with about 8 minutes left in the fourth.

The Rockets were up by nine at halftime, and Harden and Paul made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the third to push the lead to 72-61.

A 3-pointer by Curry cut Houston's lead to seven later in the period before Houston used an 8-2 spurt to extend it to 83-70 with about 3 minutes left in the quarter.

Houston had a 12-point lead after a dunk by Clint Capela with less than a minute left in the third. Golden State scored the last five points of the quarter, with a 3 from Green, to get within 91-84 entering the fourth.

Houston got out to a much better start on Saturday night after being outscored 57-39 in the opening quarter of the first two games and the Rockets only trailed by one entering the second.

They used a 33-point second quarter, powered by 13 points from Gordon, to take a 58-49 lead into halftime.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Durant passed Dwyane Wade for 10th place on the NBA's career playoff scoring list. ... Iguodala scored 16 points. ... Golden State made 14 of 33 3-pointers.

Rockets: Gordon has made at least three 3-pointers in all eight playoff games this year. ... Capela had with 13 points and 11 rebounds. ... Paul had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. ... Tucker led the team with 12 rebounds and had three assists, two blocks and seven points.

TUCKER'S VALUE

D'Antoni and Kerr as well as players from both teams raved about the job Tucker did.

''We say it all the time, Tuck doesn't do any of the glamorous stuff,'' Paul said. ''All the stuff he does doesn't show up on the stat sheet ... but it's always nice for other people to see it and appreciate it.''

Kerr said Tucker's offensive rebounding down the stretch was a key.

''The plays P.J. Tucker made in overtime and the fourth quarter, those were big plays,'' Kerr said. ''Those are indicators of who played harder.''

Said D'Antoni: ''Tuck would not let us lose.''

HARDEN'S EYES

When Harden was asked if his eyes bothered him considering how they looked on Saturday night he answered with a straight face.

''What do you mean, how they look?'' he asked.

Paul jumped in quickly with the answer.

''They look crazy,'' he said laughing before Harden snickered, too.

UP NEXT

After Monday's game the series shifts to California where Game 5 is on Wednesday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:45   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
11:30 +2 Chris Paul made jump shot 0-2
11:13   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:11   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
11:05   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:59   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
10:45 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Klay Thompson 3-2
10:35 +2 Eric Gordon made reverse layup, assist by Chris Paul 3-4
10:25 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 6-4
10:00   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
9:54 +2 Draymond Green made layup, assist by Andre Iguodala 8-4
9:47   Out of bounds turnover on Eric Gordon  
9:38 +2 Stephen Curry made driving layup 10-4
9:12   James Harden missed floating jump shot  
9:10   Offensive rebound by James Harden  
9:10 +2 James Harden made dunk 10-6
8:56 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 12-6
8:32   P.J. Tucker missed hook shot  
8:23   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:21   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
8:23   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
7:59   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
7:59   Offensive foul on Chris Paul  
7:59   Turnover on Chris Paul  
7:36   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:36 +2 Draymond Green made dunk 14-6
7:32 +2 Eric Gordon made finger-roll layup, assist by James Harden 14-8
7:14 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 16-8
7:07   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
6:54   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
6:43   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by James Harden  
6:38 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 16-11
6:22 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 18-11
5:48   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
5:45   Lost ball turnover on Eric Gordon, stolen by Stephen Curry  
5:43   Personal foul on Eric Gordon  
5:28 +2 Stephen Curry made layup, assist by Andre Iguodala 20-11
5:04 +2 James Harden made driving layup 20-13
4:50   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:48   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
4:36 +2 Austin Rivers made floating jump shot 20-15
4:24 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 22-15
4:00   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:57   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
3:57   Personal foul on James Harden  
3:29   James Harden missed driving layup  
3:25   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
3:25 +2 Clint Capela made dunk 22-17
3:17   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
3:12   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
3:02 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 22-19
3:03   Violation  
2:47   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:45   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:42   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:38   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
2:28   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
2:28   Clint Capela missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:26   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:21   Personal foul on Iman Shumpert  
2:14   Alfonzo McKinnie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:13   Defensive rebound by Austin Rivers  
1:57   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
1:57 +2 Clint Capela made dunk 22-21
1:29   Defensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
1:28   Personal foul on Austin Rivers  
1:22   Shooting foul on Gerald Green  
1:22   Stephen Curry missed 1st of 3 free throws  
1:22   GS team rebound  
1:22 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 3 free throws 25-21
1:22   Stephen Curry missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
1:22   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
1:04 +2 Chris Paul made driving layup 25-23
0:53   Andre Iguodala missed driving dunk, blocked by Clint Capela  
0:52   GS team rebound  
0:52   Personal foul on Chris Paul  
0:52   Draymond Green missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:52   GS team rebound  
0:52 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-23
0:43   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:39   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
0:34   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
0:14   Personal foul on Alfonzo McKinnie  
0:05   Personal foul on Andre Iguodala  
0:05 +1 Chris Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 26-24
0:00   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by P.J. Tucker  
0:00   GS team rebound  
0:00   GS team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:43   Offensive rebound by Nene  
11:30   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
11:04   HOU team rebound  
11:04   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
10:53 +2 Eric Gordon made finger-roll layup 26-27
10:46   Offensive foul on Kevon Looney  
10:46   Turnover on Kevon Looney  
10:31   Bad pass turnover on Eric Gordon, stolen by Klay Thompson  
10:28   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
10:27   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
10:16 +2 Nene made layup, assist by P.J. Tucker 26-29
10:16   Shooting foul on Shaun Livingston  
10:16 +1 Nene made free throw 26-30
9:57   Shooting foul on Eric Gordon  
9:57   Shaun Livingston missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:57   GS team rebound  
9:57 +1 Shaun Livingston made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-30
9:42   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:39   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
9:36   Shooting foul on Jonas Jerebko  
9:32   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
9:11 +2 Eric Gordon made layup 27-33
8:46   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
8:44   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
8:40 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 27-36
8:24   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
8:22   Offensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
8:13   Jonas Jerebko missed hook shot  
8:13   GS team rebound  
8:04   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
7:50   Shooting foul on Kevin Durant  
7:50 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 27-37
7:50 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-38
7:32 +2 Draymond Green made driving layup 29-38
7:07   Clint Capela missed hook shot  
7:06   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
6:53 +2 Kevin Durant made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 31-38
6:32   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
6:21   GS team rebound  
6:10 +2 Draymond Green made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 33-38
6:01 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot 33-41
5:48 +2 Shaun Livingston made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 35-41
5:24   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
5:18   Defensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
5:05 +3 Iman Shumpert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Gordon 35-44
4:54   Personal foul on P.J. Tucker  
4:48 +1 Draymond Green made 1st of 2 free throws 36-44
4:48 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-44
4:38   Offensive foul on P.J. Tucker  
4:38   Turnover on P.J. Tucker  
4:17 +2 Stephen Curry made jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 39-44
3:56   Jumpball  
3:51 +2 Clint Capela made reverse layup, assist by James Harden 39-46
3:41 +2 Stephen Curry made fade-away jump shot 41-46
3:28   Bad pass turnover on Iman Shumpert, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
3:23   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:19   Defensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
3:09 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 41-49
2:51   Shooting foul on James Harden  
2:51 +1 Andre Iguodala made 1st of 2 free throws 42-49
2:51   GS team rebound  
2:51   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
2:51 +1 Draymond Green made 1st of 2 free throws 43-49
2:51 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 44-49
2:38   Eric Gordon missed driving layup  
2:36   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
2:26   Draymond Green missed driving layup  
2:23   Defensive rebound by Austin Rivers  
2:16   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
2:16 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 44-50
2:07 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 47-51
1:34   Kevin Durant missed reverse layup  
1:32   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
1:24 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by Chris Paul 47-56
1:14   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
0:57   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:54   Offensive rebound by Austin Rivers  
0:51   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:49   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
0:41   GS team rebound  
0:33   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
0:13 +2 James Harden made finger-roll layup 47-58
0:00 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 49-58
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:38 +2 James Harden made floating jump shot 49-60
11:20 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 52-60
11:04   Bad pass turnover on James Harden, stolen by Klay Thompson  
10:48   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
10:48 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 3 free throws 53-60
10:48 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 3 free throws 54-60
10:48 +1 Kevin Durant made 3rd of 3 free throws 55-60
10:27 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 55-63
10:16   Shooting foul on Austin Rivers  
10:16 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 56-63
10:16 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 57-63
10:05 +3 Austin Rivers made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 57-66
9:46   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
9:36   Jumpball  
9:36   Bad pass turnover on Chris Paul, stolen by Stephen Curry  
9:30 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 59-66
9:12   Out of bounds turnover on James Harden  
8:58 +2 Draymond Green made layup, assist by Stephen Curry 61-66
8:40   James Harden missed floating jump shot, blocked by Draymond Green  
8:39   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
8:34   Stephen Curry missed layup  
8:34   Offensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
8:33   Klay Thompson missed dunk  
8:32   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
8:22 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Gordon 61-69
8:07   Klay Thompson missed layup  
8:05   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
8:00 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 61-72
7:43   Personal foul on Chris Paul  
7:40   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:39   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
7:17   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:17   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:16   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
7:08   Draymond Green missed alley-oop shot  
7:08   Draymond Green missed alley-oop shot  
7:06   Defensive rebound by Austin Rivers  
7:02   Shooting foul on Stephen Curry  
7:02   Chris Paul missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:02   HOU team rebound  
7:02 +1 Chris Paul made 2nd of 2 free throws 61-73
6:46 +2 Klay Thompson made fade-away jump shot 63-73
6:26 +2 James Harden made driving layup 63-75
6:25   Traveling violation turnover on Stephen Curry  
6:13   Austin Rivers missed driving layup  
6:12   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
6:08   Shooting foul on Eric Gordon  
6:08 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 64-75
6:08 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 65-75
5:53   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
5:53   Nene missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:53   HOU team rebound  
5:53   Nene missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:53   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:38   Kevin Durant missed floating jump shot  
5:37   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
5:31   Offensive foul on Nene  
5:31   Turnover on Nene  
5:22 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 68-75
5:01   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:58   Offensive rebound by Nene  
4:56 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nene 68-78
4:40 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 70-78
4:23   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:21   Offensive rebound by Nene  
4:16   James Harden missed driving layup  
4:15   Offensive rebound by James Harden  
4:14 +2 James Harden made dunk 70-80
3:54   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
3:52   Defensive rebound by Nene  
3:36 +3 Iman Shumpert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 70-83
3:18   Personal foul on Gerald Green  
3:18 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 71-83
3:18 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 72-83
3:02   Gerald Green missed floating jump shot, blocked by Kevon Looney  
3:00   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:57 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 75-83
2:39 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 75-86
2:18 +2 Stephen Curry made floating jump shot 77-86
1:52   James Harden missed fade-away jump shot  
1:50   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
1:46 +2 Kevin Durant made reverse layup, assist by Draymond Green 79-86
1:26 +3 Iman Shumpert made 3-pt. jump shot 79-89
1:11   Alfonzo McKinnie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:08   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
0:39 +2 Alfonzo McKinnie made layup, assist by Draymond Green 81-91
0:30   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:27   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
0:05