NBA Playoffs: James Harden's Late Jumper Helps Rockets Escape

HOUSTON -- James Harden scored 35 points, including the game-winner with 2.7 seconds left, and the Houston Rockets took advantage of Stephen Curry's absence to get a 97-96 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.

The victory cuts Houston's deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Sunday in Houston.

Shaun Livingston stole a pass from Trevor Ariza and Ian Clark's layup put Golden State up by one with 10.6 seconds left. Harden then took it to the other end and stepped back for the jump shot to win it.

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Golden State had a chance to win it after that, but Draymond Green dribbled the inbounds pass off his foot and out of bounds.

Marreese Speights came off the bench to lead the Warriors with 22 points and Klay Thompson had 17 (see full recap).

Durant, Thunder respond with rout of Mavs
DALLAS -- Kevin Durant bounced back from the worst shooting game of his playoff career with 34 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder retook control of their first-round series with a 131-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 on Thursday night.

Durant had seven field goals midway through the second quarter on nine shots after he needed 33 to get there in a Game 2 loss that followed a 38-point win in the opener.

The 2014 MVP scored 20 points in the first half, when the Thunder led by as many as 19 points on their way to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 is Saturday night in Dallas.

Dirk Nowitzki played despite a right knee bruise and scored 16 points but the Mavericks let Oklahoma City dictate the pace and couldn't keep up, never leading while missing 10 of their first 12 shots from 3-point range (see full recap).

DeRozan, Lowry score 21 apiece in Raptors' win
INDIANAPOLIS -- DeMar DeRozan rebounded from his postseason shooting slump Thursday night, scoring 21 points, and Kyle Lowry also added 21 to help Toronto roll past Indiana 101-85.

The Raptors lead the best-of-seven first-round series 2-1 and have reclaimed the home-court advantage they squandered by losing the series opener last weekend.

Indiana was led by Paul George, who had 25 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Rookie Myles Turner scored 11 of 17 points in the second half.

But after the opening minutes, the game was never close.

DeRozan's early scoring flurry spurred a 13-4 first-quarter run, which gave Toronto a 21-13 lead. The Raptors never trailed again.

And when DeRozan went to the bench at the start of the second quarter, the onslaught continued. Toronto opened the quarter on an 18-7 spurt, extending the lead to 42-24 and Indiana never got closer than 12 points again (see full recap).

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