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Harden drops 30, as Rockets even the series

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Houston Rockets tied the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night. The Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors, 95-92, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

The series is now tied at two games each. Houston will have the home court advantage, as they potentially will have the opportunity to host two of the last three games in this series.

Rockets star James Harden is guarded by Golden State Warriors' Jordan Bell (Getty Images)

Rockets star James Harden is guarded by Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell (Getty Images)

Traditionally, the winner of Game 5 of a series has won the series. Each team has traded wins and if the previous four games are an indication, one would have to believe that Golden State would regain control of the series in Houston on Thursday night.

This was the first time, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information, that the Warriors held a 15+ point advantage in the third quarter under head coach Steve Kerr and lost. They were previously 51-0.

Golden State scored just 12 points in the fourth quarter. That was tied for the fewest in a playoff game in the shot clock era. They went 3 of 18 from the field in this quarter, which was their worst shooting quarter of the season, as they went 16.7% from the field.

With this win, the Rockets won their first-ever road game against the Warriors. Golden State previously had won 16 straight home playoff games dating back to last season, which was the longest in NBA history.

James Harden led the Rockets with 30 points. He also had four rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and three steals.

Harden was one of three Houston players, who scored in double-digits. Chris Paul added 27, while Eric Gordon had 14.

The Rockets had 17 bench points. Gordon led the bench with his 14 points.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 28 points. He also had six rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Curry was one of four Golden State players, who scored in double-figures. Kevin Durant had 27, while Draymond Green added 11, and Klay Thompson contributed 10.

The Warriors had 12 bench points. Jordan Bell led the bench with six points.


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