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Golden State Warriors rise up in win over Houston Rockets, 99-98

Golden State Warriors rise up in win over Houston Rockets, 99-98
Golden State guard Stephen Curry gestures to the crowd after making a basket during the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 99-98 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Stephen Curry scored 33 points to turn back another spectacular performance by James Harden, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets, 99-98, on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Harden rallied the Rockets from 17 points down in the second quarter and had a chance to finish off the comeback in the final seconds of the fourth. Instead, Klay Thompson and Curry trapped Harden, who lost the ball as time expired.

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Harden fell to the floor and put his hands over his head as the Warriors celebrated on the court, the sellout crowd roared and golden-yellow confetti fell from the rafters.

Harden had 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Dwight Howard overcame a sprained left knee that slowed him down to finish with 19 points and seven rebounds for a Rockets team headed home in a major hole.

Game 3 is Saturday in Houston.

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