Hous­ton find lift-off

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James Har­den got what he wanted in game two of the West­ern Con­fer­ence Fi­nals, as Hous­ton tied their se­ries with Golden State.

Har­den, the MVP favourite, called out his Rock­ets team mates after a game one loss to the Golden State War­riors, say­ing he couldn’t beat them by him­self.

Mes­sage re­ceived. Eric Gor­don scored 27 points off the bench, in­clud­ing six-from-nine from three-point range, as PJ Tucker and Trevor Ariza poured in 22 and 19 re­spec­tively to give the Rock­ets lift off.

The home side won the game 127-105, with Har­den him­self scor­ing 27 on an iffy shoot­ing per­for­mance land­ing just three of 15 shots from be­hind the arc. Only two War­riors play­ers made dou­ble fig­ures as Kevin Du­rant scored 38 and Steph Curry had 16.

The se­ries now moves to San Francisco, where the War­riors will hope to de­fend home court and take a step closer to the NBA fi­nals.

The win­ner of the West­ern Con­fer­ence Fi­nals will progress to play ei­ther the Bos­ton Celtics or the Cleve­land Cava­liers in the NBA fi­nals. Bos­ton leads the se­ries 2-0 head­ing to Cleve­land.

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