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Behind Harden, Rockets Stun Warriors In Overtime

Harden hits game-winner to cap 44-point night

January 04, 2019 - 1:22 am

James Harden's 3-pointer over Draymond Green and Klay Thompson with one second left in overtime capped a 44-point night and sent the Rockets to a 135-134 win over the Golden State Warriors Thursday night at Oracle Arena. 

Harden's shot answered Stephen Curry's 18-footer with 22.7 seconds left broke a 132-132 tie. After Harden's shot, Kevin Durant missed a heave at the buzzer to end the game, sealing the Rockets sixth straight win, improving their record to 22-15 on the season.

Along with his ninth straight game scoring at least 35 points, Harden added 10 rebounds and 15 assists. His game-winning bucket was his tenth 3-point make of the night. He scored 11 of the Rockets 16 points in overtime. 

After trailing 70-53 at halftime, fell behind by 20 when Curry started the the third quarter with a 3-point play, but the Rockets pulled to within six on Harden's 30-foot step-back with less than 30 second left in the period. Golden State led the entirety of the fourth quarter until Harden drilled another 3 with 51.4 seconds left to tie the game at 119. Harden and Durant missed shots that could've broken the tie.

Clint Capela aided Harden with 29 points and 21 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive end of the floor. Austin Rivers scored 18 and was the only Rocket other than Harden to score in the extra period.

The Rockets played without Chris Paul (left hamstring strain) and Eric Gordon (right knee contusion), but did have James Ennis return to the lineup after missing the previous 10 games with a right hamstring strain. He scored three points in eight minutes.

Curry led the Warriors with 35 points while Durant and Thompson added 26. The loss drops Golden State to 25-14 on the season, 0-2 against the Rockets.

The Rockets will look for a seventh straight win when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night at Moda Center.