The Houston Rockets visited the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and showed their high-octane offense can keep up with the powerhouse Golden State Warriors.
James Harden and Ryan Anderson had 29 points each in leading the Rockets to a 132-127 double overtime win. Harden had a triple-double but it was Anderson, who was a free agent acquisition last summer, who hit the clutch shots in the extra period.
Rockets vs. Warriors classic
Harden had 29 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season. He was just 2-of-11 from the field but he had enough help in this one. Eric Gordon scored 23 points off the bench and fellow reserve Sam Dekker added 11 points.
Stephen Curry came alive in the second half and extra periods but fouled out early in the second OT while Kevin Durant played excellent, except when it mattered the most.
Harden had a chance to give his team the W in regulation but missed on a step-back jumper. Durant also missed a potential game winner in the first overtime when he missed a long jumper from the left baseline.
Curry fouled out in 2OT; Durant disappeared
Then Durant completely struggled in the second overtime. Durant finished with 39 points matching his season-high but he shot at an inefficient 12-of-28 shooting. He also added 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks but the team missed Curry’s shooting late in the second OT.
Klay Thompson hit some big shots but he also struggled for just 15 points on 4-of-20 shooting. As a team, the Warriors were just 12-of-44 from the three point area.
Draymond Green had a near triple-double of 20 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists but he was called for a flagrant foul when he kicked Harden’s head midway through the second OT. Harden the two free throws after the flagrant to give the Rockets a comfortable lead with 2:10 to go in the game.
Watch the highlights of the classic double overtime game between the Rockets and Warriors:
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The Rockets snapped Golden State’s 12-game winning streak with this upset with and improved to 12-7 for the season.
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