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Harden scores 38 as Rockets even series with Warriors

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden and the Houston Rockets dug out of a 0-2 hole to even their Western Conference semifinals series with the Golden State Warriors after another game where they fought, scrapped and held off a late rally to get a victory.

Harden scored 38 points and the Rockets got a 112-108 win on Monday night to even the best-of seven series at 2-2.

''When you're dealing with these guys, if you let Klay (Thompson) and Steph (Curry) run around and shoot 3s you don't have no chance,'' Harden said. ''The only chance we have is to be in to their bodies and make every shot that they take contested.''

The Rockets were up by nine before the Golden State scored the next seven points, capped by a 3 from Stephen Curry, to get within 110-108 with 19 seconds left. Harden made one of two free throws with 11.5 seconds left. Kevin Durant missed a 3 after that. But the Warriors got the rebound and Curry also missed a 3-point attempt before Golden State was forced to foul Chris Paul.

''We got a couple of wide-open looks,'' Durant said. ''They just didn't fall for us.''

Paul made one of two free throws with 2.9 seconds left to secure the victory.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr was asked about the physical play of the Rockets, who have several players who are much stockier than his squad.

''They've got a lot of middle linebackers on that team,'' he said. ''They're sturdy and we're like volleyball players, long and lean ... everybody tries to be physical with us because they should. That's the best way to try to beat us.''

After losing the first two games of the series on the road, the Rockets head back to Golden State for Game 5 on Wednesday night with momentum on their side after their overtime win in Game 3 before Monday night's victory.

The Warriors got 34 points from Kevin Durant, who had 46 in the Game 3 loss. Curry, who was criticized after shooting 7 for 23 in Game 3, got off to a good start, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. He cooled off after that, but finished with 30 points on 12 of 25 shooting.

''I didn't think we got great shots for much of the night,'' Kerr said. ''We've got to be more poised and that has to be a focus.''

Eric Gordon added 20 points for Houston and P.J. Tucker had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Despite two straight win, the Rockets still don't think they've played their best.

''We've got to be better,'' Tucker said. ''We've got to be more aggressive. We've got to pick it up.''

Houston made 17 of its 50 3-point attempts, while the Warriors shot just 8 of 33 from downtown with Curry making just 4 of his 14 attempts.

The Rockets were up by nine after three and used an 8-2 run, with four points from Harden, to open the fourth and extend the lead to 101-86. Golden State used an 8-3 run, with six points from Draymond Green, to cut it to 104-94 midway through the quarter.

Houston had a 10-point lead with about four minutes left before a 5-2 run, with a 3 from Curry, got them within 108-101.

Green was shaken up when Harden inadvertently knocked him in the head on the follow through after he made a 3-pointer that put Houston up 71-59 with nine minutes left in the third quarter. Green fell to the court where he remained holding the left side of his head for a couple of minutes. The Warriors called a timeout and he collected himself and remained in the game. The lead grew to 77-60 before Golden State got going.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Green had 15 points and 10 rebounds. ... Golden State trailed by as many as 17 in the second half before its late surge.

Rockets: Tucker has scored at least 10 points in six of Houston's nine playoff games this season and Monday was his third straight game with at least 10 rebounds. ... Austin Rivers had 10 points.

ODDS & ENDS

Houston improved to 5-0 in home games this postseason. ... This is the second time Golden State has lost consecutive playoff games since 2017. The last time came when Houston won Game 4 and 5 of the conference finals last season. ... The Rockets have made 26 more 3-pointers than the Warriors in this series. ... Houston out-rebounded Golden State for the second straight game and improved to 4-0 this postseason when winning on the boards. ... Gordon, who had a playoff career-high 30 points in Game 3, scored 20 points or more in consecutive playoff games for the first time in his career.

THEY SAID IT

Curry on what people have been saying about him since he struggled in Game 3: ''The last 48 hours have been pretty funny, hearing all the noise and chatter about how I've been playing in this series, and I take it all in stride and understand what I'm capable of ... I know I can play even better. I'm just trying to stay within my own zone with what I expect from myself.''

UP NEXT

Game 6 will be in Houston on Friday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:48   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Durant  
11:29   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:27   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
11:21   Draymond Green missed jump shot  
11:19   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
11:12 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 0-4
11:00 +2 Stephen Curry made driving layup 2-4
10:35   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:33   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
10:23   Stephen Curry missed finger-roll layup  
10:21   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
10:11 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 2-7
9:47   Klay Thompson missed layup  
9:39   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
9:33 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot 4-7
9:20 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Gordon 4-10
9:10 +2 Kevin Durant made driving layup, assist by Stephen Curry 6-10
8:41   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
8:36 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 8-10
8:16   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
8:03   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:00   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
7:44   Personal foul on Kevin Durant  
7:34   Lost ball turnover on Eric Gordon, stolen by Stephen Curry  
7:28   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:22   P.J. Tucker missed layup  
7:19   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
7:13   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by Eric Gordon  
7:08   James Harden missed layup, blocked by Kevin Durant  
7:05   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:00   Andre Iguodala missed dunk  
6:42 +2 Eric Gordon made driving layup, assist by P.J. Tucker 8-12
6:23   Lost ball turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by P.J. Tucker  
6:11 +2 James Harden made driving layup 8-14
5:48   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
5:39   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
5:37   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
5:35   Offensive foul on Eric Gordon  
5:35   Turnover on Eric Gordon  
5:22   Lost ball turnover on Kevon Looney, stolen by Austin Rivers  
5:09 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 10-17
4:54 +2 Stephen Curry made reverse layup 12-17
4:46   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:34   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Eric Gordon  
4:33   Defensive rebound by Austin Rivers  
4:32   Lost ball turnover on Austin Rivers, stolen by Draymond Green  
4:28 +2 Stephen Curry made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 14-17
4:13   Bad pass turnover on Eric Gordon, stolen by Kevin Durant  
4:07 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 16-17
3:43   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
3:27 +3 Austin Rivers made 3-pt. jump shot 16-20
3:20   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
3:20 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 17-20
3:20 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-20
3:09   Offensive foul on Iman Shumpert  
3:09   Turnover on Iman Shumpert  
3:01   Shooting foul on Austin Rivers  
3:01 +1 Kevin Durant made free throw 21-20
2:39   HOU team rebound  
2:33   Austin Rivers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:31   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
2:19 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 24-20
2:11   Personal foul on Shaun Livingston  
1:54   Shooting foul on Alfonzo McKinnie  
1:54   Iman Shumpert missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:54   HOU team rebound  
1:54   Iman Shumpert missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:54   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
1:42   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:40   Defensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
1:35 +3 Gerald Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Austin Rivers 24-23
1:11 +2 Shaun Livingston made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 26-23
0:58 +2 Chris Paul made jump shot 26-25
0:48   Defensive rebound by Nene  
0:36   Chris Paul missed fade-away jump shot  
0:34   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
0:32 +2 Alfonzo McKinnie made layup, assist by Draymond Green 28-25
0:16   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:13   HOU team rebound  
0:01   Out of bounds turnover on Iman Shumpert  
0:00   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   GS team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:43   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
11:42   Out of bounds turnover on Clint Capela  
11:20   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
11:16 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 28-28
11:00 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 30-28
10:36 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Austin Rivers 30-31
10:25   Offensive foul on Klay Thompson  
10:03   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:02   GS team rebound  
10:02   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
9:45 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 33-31
9:25   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
9:18   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:10 +2 Austin Rivers made floating jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 33-33
8:42 +2 Kevon Looney made layup, assist by Kevin Durant 35-33
8:25   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:23   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
8:03   Kevin Durant missed jump shot, blocked by P.J. Tucker  
8:03   GS team rebound  
7:57   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
7:47   Shooting foul on Shaun Livingston  
7:47 +1 James Harden made 1st of 3 free throws 35-34
7:47 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 3 free throws 35-35
7:47 +1 James Harden made 3rd of 3 free throws 35-36
7:29 +2 Stephen Curry made turnaround jump shot 37-36
7:12 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 37-39
6:54 +2 Draymond Green made fade-away jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 39-39
6:35   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
6:25   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:22   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
6:18   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
6:18 +1 P.J. Tucker made 1st of 2 free throws 39-40
6:18 +1 P.J. Tucker made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-41
6:06   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:03   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
6:00   Offensive foul on Stephen Curry  
6:00   Turnover on Stephen Curry  
5:48   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:44   Offensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
5:33 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 39-44
5:33   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
5:33   James Harden missed free throw  
5:29   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:14   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
5:08 +3 Iman Shumpert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Austin Rivers 39-47
4:52 +2 Andre Iguodala made layup, assist by Draymond Green 41-47
4:38 +2 Eric Gordon made layup, assist by James Harden 41-49
4:38   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
4:38 +1 Eric Gordon made free throw 41-50
4:22   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
4:16 +3 Austin Rivers made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by P.J. Tucker 41-53
4:02   Shooting foul on Iman Shumpert  
4:02 +1 Draymond Green made 1st of 2 free throws 42-53
4:02 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-53
3:31   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Austin Rivers  
3:24   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:24   GS team rebound  
3:04   Defensive rebound by Austin Rivers  
2:57 +2 James Harden made finger-roll layup 43-55
2:43   Personal foul on Austin Rivers  
2:39   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
2:39 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 44-55
2:39   Kevin Durant missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:37   Defensive rebound by Austin Rivers  
2:14   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:12   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
2:06 +2 Kevon Looney made layup, assist by Stephen Curry 46-55
1:52   Personal foul on Andre Iguodala  
1:52 +1 Chris Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 46-56
1:52 +1 Chris Paul made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-57
1:46   Out of bounds turnover on Stephen Curry  
1:28   James Harden missed floating jump shot  
1:23   Offensive rebound by James Harden  
1:23 +2 James Harden made dunk 46-59
1:11 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 48-59
0:55   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
0:55   P.J. Tucker missed dunk  
0:51   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
0:46   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:46   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
0:40   Offensive foul on Chris Paul  
0:28   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:27   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
0:27   Shooting foul on James Harden  
0:27 +1 Kevon Looney made 1st of 2 free throws 49-59
0:27   Kevon Looney missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:27   GS team rebound  
0:27   Personal foul on Eric Gordon  
0:27 +1 Kevon Looney made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-59
0:04   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
0:04 +1 Eric Gordon made 1st of 2 free throws 51-60
0:04 +1 Eric Gordon made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-61
0:00 +3 Andre Iguodala made 3-pt. jump shot 54-61
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:37 +2 Eric Gordon made finger-roll layup 54-63
11:23   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:21   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
11:09   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
11:09   Clint Capela missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:09   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
10:50   Andre Iguodala missed layup, blocked by James Harden  
10:50   GS team rebound  
10:47 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 57-63
10:35   Shooting foul on Stephen Curry  
10:35 +1 Eric Gordon made 1st of 3 free throws 57-64
10:35 +1 Eric Gordon made 3rd of 3 free throws 57-66
9:54   Offensive goaltending turnover on Clint Capela  
9:39 +2 Klay Thompson made driving layup 59-66
9:24 +2 Clint Capela made reverse layup, assist by Chris Paul 59-68
9:14   Draymond Green missed finger-roll layup  
9:12   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:03 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 59-71
8:44   Shooting foul on Chris Paul  
8:44   Draymond Green missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:44 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 60-71
8:23 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Clint Capela 60-74
8:04   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:52 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 60-77
7:47   Andre Iguodala missed layup, blocked by James Harden  
7:47   GS team rebound  
7:36   Personal foul on James Harden  
7:32   Personal foul on P.J. Tucker  
7:22   Bad pass turnover on James Harden, stolen by Draymond Green  
7:17   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:11   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
6:45   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
6:38   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
6:34   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
6:21 +2 Kevin Durant made layup, assist by Andre Iguodala 64-77
6:00 +2 P.J. Tucker made layup, assist by James Harden 64-79
5:37 +2 Kevin Durant made finger-roll layup 66-79
5:37   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
5:27   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
5:27 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 67-80
5:27 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 67-81
5:21 +2 Draymond Green made finger-roll layup 69-81
5:00   Austin Rivers missed reverse layup  
4:38 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 71-81
4:23 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by P.J. Tucker 71-84
4:02   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:58   Defensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
3:40 +2 Eric Gordon made finger-roll layup 71-86
3:32   Personal foul on Iman Shumpert  
3:32 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 72-86
3:32   Kevin Durant missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:32   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
3:09   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:07   Defensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
2:36   Defensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
1:48   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
1:44   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:41   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
1:30 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 80-86
1:11   Austin Rivers missed floating jump shot  
1:03 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 82-86
0:33   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
0:07   Personal foul on Austin Rivers  
0:07 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 84-91
0:02   Personal foul on Andre Iguodala  
0:01 +2 James Harden made layup, assist by Chris Paul 84-93
0:00   Shaun Livingston missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   GS team rebound