Rockets end Warriors' 12-game win streak by holding ground in two-overtime thriller
James Harden had another triple-double in leading the Rockets over the Warriors. AP

HOUSTON needed another James Harden triple-double and Ryan Anderson’s season-best outing to snap Golden State’s 12-game win run in a nail-biting double overtime victory, 132-127, on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at the Oracle Arena.

Harden ended a 2-minute dry spell for both teams at the start of the second overtime with a triple, then fed Eric Gordon on a floater for a 130-124 lead with less than two minutes to go. Draymond Green countered with a three-point play before fouling out with 08.4 ticks left and Trevor Ariza sank both free throws to seal the win for the Rockets.

Houston also broke an 8-game losing streak to Golden State, as Harden led the way with 29 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 assists for his 43rd career triple-double. Anderson added a season-high 29, knocking down two crucial three pointers in the fourth quarter, and Gordon chipped in 23 off the bench for the Rockets.

Kevin Durant matched his best game with the Warriors as he finished with 39 points, 13 rebounds and three steals and blocks apiece. Steph Curry fouled out for the first time since 2013 early in the second overtime but scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth and overtime periods. Green flirted with a triple-double with 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists to go with some huge defensive plays down the stretch.  

The Warriors and Rockets got in a game of runs from the start with Houston kicking off a 13-4 start before Golden State rallied back behind Durant. Rockets went up by six again early in the second and Warriors battled back, regaining the lead at the midway point of the period before Houston closed the half strong to take a 64-59 advantage.

The Rockets then built a 10-point lead midway through the third, but Curry sparked an 11-2 rally to cut the gap to one, 78-77, with 3:04 in the quarter. Houston again looked to pull away in the fourth in leading 94-87 early on, then Golden State tied the game at 97 at the five-minute mark on a Green layup to set up the tense shootout down the stretch.

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Anderson and Curry traded triples as Houston held a 111-109 lead, before Durant and Anderson got tested at the stripe to tie the count at 113 with 19 ticks left. Harden missed a step-back three at the buzzer as the game went into overtime.

Curry started the overtime period with six straight points for the Warriors but couldn’t put away the Rockets as Gordon tied the game at 121 with a triple at the 1:21 mark. Sam Dekker and Klay Thompson traded buckets and Green forced a shotclock violation with 3.4 ticks left and the game tied at 123. But Durant’s turnaround jumper at the first overtime buzzer went long.

Houston extended their streak to 18 consecutive games with at least 10 made threes. And both teams combined for an NBA record 88 three point attempts, 44 apiece. 

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