NBA roundup: Rockets edge Curry-less
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[April 22, 2016]
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HOUSTON -- James Harden nailed a
turnaround jumper in the lane with 2.7 seconds left, and the Houston
Rockets held on for a 97-76 win over the Golden State Warriors on
Thursday night in Game 3 of a Western Conference first-round playoff
series at Toyota Center.
The defending champion Warriors, again playing without star guard
Stephen Curry, who has an injured right ankle, still lead the
best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 set for Sunday at Toyota Center.
The Rockets blew a 17-point lead and trailed with 10.6 seconds left
when Trevor Ariza threw away an inbounds pass that facilitated a
fastbreak layup by Warriors reserve guard Ian Clark.
Harden followed with a quick dribble, penetrated the lane and spun
free before nailing the short jumper. Warriors forward Draymond
Green dribbled the ensuing inbounds pass off his foot and out of
bounds for a turnover with one second left.
Harden finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and nine assists to
pace five Rockets in double figures. Reserve forward Marreese
Speights paced the Warriors, who played a second consecutive game
without Curry, with 22 points.
Thunder 131, Mavericks 102
DALLAS -- Kevin Durant scored a game-high 34 points, Russell
Westbrook added 26 and Oklahoma City rolled to a victory over Dallas
in Game 3 of a Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series
With the victory, the Thunder grabbed a 2-1 lead in the
best-of-seven series. Game 4 is scheduled for Saturday in Dallas.
Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 22 points, Raymond Felton had
18 and Dirk Nowitzki finished with 16.
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Raptors 101, Pacers 85
INDIANAPOLIS -- Toronto got 21 points and eight assists from Kyle
Lowry and 21 points from DeMar DeRozan in a dominating Game 3
victory over Indiana.
The Raptors lead the series 2-1 and regained home-court advantage
after losing Game 1 in Toronto.
DeMarre Carroll scored 17 points for Toronto, which took a 10-9 lead
and never trailed again. Game 4 is set for Saturday at Bankers Life
Paul George led Indiana with 25 points, Myles Turner scored 17, and
George Hill added 13.
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