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Golden State defeats Rockets in OT 102-99

  • Houston Rockets' James Harden, right, drives the ball against Golden State Warriors' Jordan Crawford (55) during the first half on Thursday night. (BEN MARGOT / Associated Press)

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry made a tying layup with 3.2 seconds left in regulation and finished with 25 points, and the Golden State Warriors outlasted the Rockets 102-99 in overtime Thursday night to halt Houston's eight-game winning streak.

Just after James Harden hit a go-ahead jumper, Curry came back with a left-handed layup over Dwight Howard to send the game to the extra session. The Warriors got a big boost in overtime when Jermaine O'Neal, who was filling in for injured center Andrew Bogut, blocked Chandler Parsons' baseline dunk attempt at the rim.

Curry followed with two free throws to give Golden State a 98-95 lead with 15.9 seconds left. The teams traded free throws as the Rockets ran out of time.

Harden scored 34 of his 39 points in the second half to rally the Rockets on a night neither side shot well. Golden State shot 39.8 percent from the floor, while Houston shot 36.6 percent.

David Lee had 28 points and 14 rebounds, Klay Thompson and Jordan Crawford scored 12 points each, and O'Neal added 10 rebounds and two blocks.

Howard grabbed 21 rebounds and scored 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting, and Parsons added 21 points and eight rebounds as Houston lost for the first time since Jan. 25 at Memphis. It was the Rockets' longest winning streak since a franchise-record, 22-game run in 2007-08 season.

Playing on consecutive nights made for two tired teams, until both picked up the intensity late in the fourth quarter.

Harden stripped Lee as he turned to shoot out of the post, then hit a go-ahead shot from 23 feet over Thompson that put Houston ahead 89-87 with 6.9 seconds to play in regulation.

After the Warriors called timeout to advance the ball to half court, Curry received a pass from Andre Iguodala while running off a screen and drove to his left and to the hoop. With Howard approaching, Curry floated a left-handed layup over the Rockets' center for the tying score with 3.2 seconds left.

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