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Curry, short-handed Warriors knock out Rockets in Game 6

HOUSTON (AP) After Stephen Curry bounced back from the first scoreless first half of his playoff career to score 33 points in the last two quarters and help the Golden State Warriors eliminate the Houston Rockets and advance to the Western Conference finals on Friday night, coach Steve Kerr stopped to talk with his star's parents.

He said he told Dell and Sonya Curry: ''If that game didn't personify Steph Curry, I don't know what does.''

Curry's huge second half allowed the Warriors to overcome the absence of Kevin Durant and get the 118-113 win. He heard the chatter about how he'd struggled in this series entering this game and admitted that he was ''pretty terrible'' before halftime on Friday night.

''A night like tonight doesn't happen without belief in myself,'' Curry said.

Klay Thompson added 27 points to help two-time defending champion Golden State reach the conference finals for a franchise-record fifth straight year and eliminate Houston for the fourth time in five seasons. The Warriors did it with Durant sidelined by a calf injury sustained in the second half of their Game 5 victory.

''That was an absolute grind,'' Kerr said. ''We're thrilled to be moving on and excited to have this one in our review mirror.''

James Harden led Houston with 35 points, and Chris Paul added 27.

Harden's layup got the Rockets within three with less than a minute to go, but Thompson made a 3-pointer with 36.1 seconds remaining to extend Golden State's lead to 110-104.

Gerald Green then missed a 3 for Houston and the Rockets were forced to foul Curry. He made both shots before Harden's 3 got Houston within five at 112-107 with 24 seconds left.

Playing with a dislocated finger on his left hand, Curry made two more free throws before P.J. Tucker hit a 3 for Houston. But two more free throws by Curry made it 116-110 with 12.3 seconds left and Harden dribbled it off his foot for the last of his six turnovers.

''We've let a lot of opportunities slip away ... if you don't take advantage of opportunities you end up on the losing side,'' Harden said.

The Rockets failed to score for a big chunk of the fourth quarter and had to watch the Warriors celebrate a series victory on their home court for the second straight season after they won the conference finals in Houston last year. Harden was 11 of 25 from the field, going 6 of 15 from 3-point range, and 7 of 12 on free throws.

''This one's going to leave a mark,'' coach Mike D'Antoni said. ''This is not something you just get over. This one hurts. We played our best and they played their best, and we didn't knock them out. It was like a heavyweight fight. We didn't land the blows to at least get back to Golden State.''

Curry struggled early, failing to score in the first half for the first time in 102 career playoff games, and had just 10 points through three periods. But he got going in the fourth, scoring 23 points.

''At halftime we're tied and I had zero points, you've got to like that situation,'' Curry said.

There were questions entering the game about how the Warriors would weather the loss of Durant - and his more than 34 points a game. But they didn't seem to miss a beat, getting 21 from Thompson in the first half before Curry closed it in the fourth.

''When you're missing one of the greatest players to ever play and the best scorer in the world, you can't collectively make up for what he does,'' Thompson said. ''But you can step up in his absence and help out the point production.''

The Rockets had a five-point lead to start the fourth and it was tied at 95 with about 7 1/2 minutes to go after three points by Golden State's Shaun Livingston.

Harden and Curry exchanged baskets soon after that before both teams failed to score for the next 2 1/2 minutes. Houston missed five shots in that stretch and the Warriors missed four before Kevon Looney made a layup to put Golden State on top 99-97 with just under four minutes left.

A 3-pointer by Curry gave the Warriors a five-point lead before Harden ended a scoring drought by the Rockets of almost four minutes with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 102-100 with about 2 1/2 remaining.

Harden was called for a charge after that before Curry scored all of Golden State's points in a 5-2 run that made it 107-102 with 90 seconds left.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Durant didn't make the trip to Houston, remaining in the Bay Area to receive treatment for his injury. The Warriors said he'll be re-evaluated next week. ... The Warriors started Andrew Bogut for Durant and he had three rebounds and zero points. ... C Damian Jones, who is out with a torn pectoral muscle, has been cleared for contact drills and could be available later in the playoffs if the Warriors advance.

Rockets: Tucker had 15 points and has scored at least 10 points in eight of Houston's last 11 games. ... Clint Capela had with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

THEY SAID IT

Kerr on the performance of Andre Iguodala, who made six 3-pointers and had 17 points: ''That game was probably not winnable without Andre's contribution. Andre just does so much for us on both ends of the floor.''

UP NEXT

The Warriors move on to face the Denver-Portland winner with Game 1 scheduled for Tuesday night in Oakland.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:40   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:39   GS team rebound  
11:30   Out of bounds turnover on Klay Thompson  
11:10   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
11:10   James Harden missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:10   HOU team rebound  
11:10 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 0-1
10:46   Lost ball turnover on Andre Iguodala, stolen by James Harden  
10:42   Bad pass turnover on James Harden, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
10:37 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot 3-1
10:16 +2 Chris Paul made fade-away jump shot 3-3
10:04   Stephen Curry missed finger-roll layup  
10:01   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:55 +2 Clint Capela made hook shot, assist by P.J. Tucker 3-5
9:37   Clint Capela missed layup, blocked by Draymond Green  
9:31 +2 Draymond Green made dunk, assist by Andre Iguodala 5-5
9:30   Violation  
9:08   Clint Capela missed hook shot  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
8:52   Out of bounds turnover on Chris Paul  
8:44   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
8:41   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
8:35 +2 James Harden made floating jump shot 5-7
8:10   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:08   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:59   Andrew Bogut missed hook shot  
7:55   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:55 +2 Draymond Green made dunk 7-7
7:42   Shooting foul on Stephen Curry  
7:42   James Harden missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:42 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-8
7:22   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
7:22   Offensive foul on Chris Paul  
7:22   Turnover on Chris Paul  
7:12 +3 Andre Iguodala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 10-8
7:04   Offensive foul on Clint Capela  
7:04   Turnover on Clint Capela  
7:00   Offensive foul on Andrew Bogut  
6:40   Shooting foul on Stephen Curry  
6:40 +1 James Harden made 1st of 3 free throws 10-9
6:40 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 3 free throws 10-10
6:40   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
6:23   Out of bounds turnover on Andre Iguodala  
6:16 +2 Chris Paul made jump shot 10-12
5:54 +2 Klay Thompson made reverse layup 12-12
5:27   Eric Gordon missed floating jump shot  
5:25   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:14 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot 15-12
4:54   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:52   Defensive rebound by Quinn Cook  
4:42 +2 Draymond Green made layup, assist by Andrew Bogut 17-12
4:22   James Harden missed floating jump shot  
4:19   Lost ball turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by P.J. Tucker  
4:16 +2 James Harden made layup, assist by P.J. Tucker 17-14
3:59   Quinn Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:56   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
3:55 +2 Kevon Looney made dunk 19-14
3:24   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
3:16 +2 Austin Rivers made driving layup 19-19
3:16   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
3:16 +1 Austin Rivers made free throw 19-20
3:05 +2 Kevon Looney made driving layup 21-20
2:49 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nene 21-23
2:39   Offensive foul on Kevon Looney  
2:39   Turnover on Kevon Looney  
2:30   Lost ball turnover on Nene, stolen by Kevon Looney  
2:26 +2 Quinn Cook made layup, assist by Klay Thompson 23-23
1:58   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
1:54   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:51   Defensive rebound by Austin Rivers  
1:45 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 23-26
1:37   Draymond Green missed layup  
1:37   GS team rebound  
1:37   Personal foul on Nene  
1:29   Klay Thompson missed floating jump shot  
1:29   GS team rebound  
1:22   Draymond Green missed layup, blocked by Nene  
1:21   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
1:21   Personal foul on P.J. Tucker  
1:21   Draymond Green missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:21   GS team rebound  
1:21   Defensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
1:10   Austin Rivers missed layup  
1:10   GS team rebound  
0:51 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Quinn Cook 25-26
0:41   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
0:41 +1 Chris Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 25-27
0:41 +1 Chris Paul made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-28
0:28   Quinn Cook missed jump shot  
0:26   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
0:25 +2 Kevon Looney made dunk 27-28
0:04   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:02   Offensive rebound by James Harden  
0:00   HOU team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:49 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by Chris Paul 27-30
11:29 +2 Jonas Jerebko made jump shot, assist by Kevon Looney 29-30
11:14   Personal foul on Jonas Jerebko  
11:02   Clint Capela missed layup  
11:01   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
11:00   Out of bounds turnover on Clint Capela  
10:51   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot  
10:46   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
10:46 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk 31-30
10:40 +2 Eric Gordon made driving dunk 31-32
10:10   Austin Rivers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:08   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
9:48 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 33-35
9:34   Kevon Looney missed jump shot  
9:30   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
9:26 +2 Chris Paul made jump shot 33-37
9:09   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
9:02   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:01   Offensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
9:01   Shooting foul on Austin Rivers  
9:01 +1 Shaun Livingston made 1st of 2 free throws 34-37
9:01 +1 Shaun Livingston made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-37
8:43   Chris Paul missed driving layup  
8:43   HOU team rebound  
8:43   Personal foul on Jordan Bell  
8:27   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
7:49   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:48   Bad pass turnover on Clint Capela, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
7:45   Stephen Curry missed floating jump shot  
7:41   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:36   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:32   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:29 +2 Eric Gordon made driving layup, assist by Clint Capela 38-39
7:18   Stephen Curry missed reverse layup  
7:15   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
7:12   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
7:08   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
6:59 +2 Shaun Livingston made jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 40-39
6:49   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:43   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
6:36 +2 Shaun Livingston made dunk, assist by Jonas Jerebko 42-39
6:30   Personal foul on Jordan Bell  
6:13   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:58   James Harden missed driving layup, blocked by Jordan Bell  
5:56   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
5:56   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
5:44   Offensive foul on Stephen Curry  
5:44   Turnover on Stephen Curry  
5:26 +3 Gerald Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Gordon 42-42
5:16 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 45-42
5:05   Out of bounds turnover on Eric Gordon  
4:51 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 48-42
4:35   James Harden missed driving layup, blocked by Jordan Bell  
4:34   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
4:28 +2 Jordan Bell made alley-oop shot, assist by Draymond Green 50-42
4:11   Shooting foul on Shaun Livingston  
4:11 +1 P.J. Tucker made 1st of 2 free throws 50-43
4:11 +1 P.J. Tucker made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-44
3:55   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
3:49   GS team rebound  
3:29   Discontinue dribble turnover on Klay Thompson  
3:24   Bad pass turnover on James Harden, stolen by Draymond Green  
3:18   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:14   Offensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
3:14   Jordan Bell missed dunk  
3:09   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
3:09 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 50-45
3:09 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-46
2:45 +2 Draymond Green made layup, assist by Quinn Cook 52-46
2:25 +3 Austin Rivers made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 52-49
1:58 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Bell 55-49
1:49 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 55-52
1:39   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Gerald Green  
1:32 +3 Gerald Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 55-55
1:08   Quinn Cook missed jump shot  
1:07   GS team rebound  
1:07   Personal foul on Austin Rivers  
1:03   Lost ball turnover on Klay Thompson, stolen by P.J. Tucker  
0:33 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot 57-57
0:26   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:24   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
0:03   Klay Thompson missed running Jump Shot  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 57-59
11:18 +3 Andre Iguodala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 60-59
11:04 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 60-62
10:39   Clint Capela missed hook shot, blocked by Andrew Bogut  
10:38   GS team rebound  
10:21   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:20   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
10:05   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:03   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:49 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup, assist by Draymond Green 62-62
9:37 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Gordon 62-65
9:24   Violation  
9:15   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
9:04   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:02   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
8:51 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 62-68
8:31 +3 Andre Iguodala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 65-68
8:06   Clint Capela missed jump shot  
8:04   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
8:02   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by James Harden  
7:54   Eric Gordon missed jump shot  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:52   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
7:52 +1 Stephen Curry made free throw 66-68
7:36   Shooting foul on Chris Paul  
7:36 +1 Jordan Bell made 1st of 2 free throws 67-68
7:36 +1 Jordan Bell made 2nd of 2 free throws 68-68
7:18   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:15   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
7:09   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by James Harden  
6:49   HOU team rebound  
6:49   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
6:42 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 68-71
6:20   Bad pass turnover on Andre Iguodala, stolen by James Harden  
6:08 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 68-74
5:45   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
5:44   GS team rebound  
5:44   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
5:28   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
5:25   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
5:24 +2 Kevon Looney made dunk 70-74
4:54   Offensive foul on Draymond Green  
4:54   Turnover on Draymond Green  
4:44   Bad pass turnover on Eric Gordon, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
4:39 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 73-74
4:23   Violation  
4:08 +2 P.J. Tucker made hook shot, assist by Austin Rivers 73-76
3:51 +2 Stephen Curry made floating jump shot 75-76
3:37   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
3:37   James Harden missed 1st of 3 free throws  
3:37   HOU team rebound  
3:37   James Harden missed 2nd of 3 free throws  
3:37 +1 James Harden made 3rd of 3 free throws 75-77
3:20   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
3:20 +1 Kevon Looney made 1st of 2 free throws 76-77
3:20 +1 Kevon Looney made 2nd of 2 free throws 77-77
2:50   Out of bounds turnover on Stephen Curry  
2:34 +2 Chris Paul made fade-away jump shot 77-79
2:14 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Quinn Cook 80-79
1:51   Gerald Green missed floating jump shot  
1:51   HOU team rebound  
1:51   Personal foul on Jonas Jerebko  
1:34   Offensive rebound by Nene  
1:33   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:28   Offensive rebound by Nene  
1:17   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:15   Offensive rebound by Jonas Jerebko  
1:12   Lost ball turnover on Jonas Jerebko, stolen by P.J. Tucker  
0:59   Personal foul on Iman Shumpert  
0:59 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 81-83
0:59 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 82-83
0:44 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by Chris Paul 82-85
0:24   Jonas Jerebko missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:21   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
0:01 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by Chris Paul 82-87
0:00   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   GS team rebound  
0:00   End of period