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League says Harden committed late foul


The NBA said Friday that the Rockets’ James Harden should have been whistled for an offensive foul for pushing the Warriors’ Andre Iguodala before his winning shot Thursday night in Game 3 of the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

The Rockets trailed by a point when Harden dribbled down the court and pushed Iguodala before stepping back for the shot with 2.7 seconds left that gave them a 97-96 win and cut their series deficit to 2-1.

The finding was announced in the NBA’s report on the final two minutes. The report also found four other incorrect calls in the last two minutes, including the failure to call a foul on the Warriors’ Draymond Green when he threw Michael Beasley to the ground as the Rockets were inbounding the ball with a second remaining.

Game 4 is Sunday in Houston.

Curry expects to play: Stephen Curry said he’ll be very surprised if his sprained right ankle keeps him out of Game 4 between the Warriors and Rockets.

Curry was injured in the series opener and missed the last two games. Last year’s MVP was on the bench for Game 2 but watched from the locker room Thursday night because he didn’t bring a suit to Houston.

Though he’s still listed as questionab­le for the next game, Curry sounded pretty confident that he wouldn’t be on the bench again.

“I will not be going to any suit store,” Curry said.

Curry played a couple games of 3-on-3 to test his ankle. Physically he felt good, but all wasn’t well with the star guard, who answered this way when asked how his explosion and change of direction was in practice.

“Awful,” Curry said. “It was just rusty. When you miss that time literally not doing anything, it’s tough.”

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