Rockets even NBA finals series against Warriors

Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker sparked a revival by Houston as the Rockets evened the NBA's Western Conference finals with a 127-105 victory over the visiting Golden State Warriors in Game 2 on Wednesday.

All square: Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, right, celebrates with teammate Gerald Green.

Gordon scored 27 points off the bench, connecting on six of nine 3-point attempts, while Tucker chipped in a postseason-career-high 22 points.

Rockets guard James Harden added 27 points and 10 rebounds. He wasn't forced to carry the load singularly as he did in the series opener, when he paired 41 points with seven assists in a 13-point defeat.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 38 points on 13-of-22 shooting and kept the Warriors within range with 18 points in the third quarter.

However, Houston utilised its multitude of offensive weapons and also eliminated the defensive mistakes that proved fatal in the opener, limiting the Warriors to just nine 3-pointers for the game.


Back in business: James Harden and the Rockets have squared the series.

Photo: AP

Even with the Warriors' erratic play, the Rockets struggled to pull away until midway through the fourth quarter.

Golden State sliced what was a 19-point deficit to 11 with a 13-5 run, however, after Andre Iguodala missed a free throw that would have cut the margin to 10, Houston responded with an 11-0 burst that included 3-pointers from Gordon, Harden and Tucker.

The Rockets carried a 26-21 lead into the second period and extended that advantage to double digits with a 12-5 spurt.

Stephen Curry added 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Warriors but missed 7 of 8 shots from deep.

Klay Thompson scored just eight points after posting 28 in the series opener.

Game 3 is Sunday at Oracle Arena in California.


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