Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – David Lee recorded a double-double with 28 points and 14 boards to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 102-99 overtime win over the Houston Rockets Thursday at ORACLE Arena.
Stephen Curry added 25 points, including a game-tying layup with 3.2 seconds left in regulation to force extra time, and six assists as Golden State (33-22) won their first two assignments after the All-Star break and ended Houston’s eight-game winning streak.
Klay Thompson and Jordan Crawford added 12 points each, Andre Iguodala had 11 points, eight boards and seven assists while veteran center Jermaine O’Neal played outstanding defense on Rockets center Dwight Howard in 37 minutes of play.
“That is a guy with a million miles on his body and on the back nine of his career, but he was a true professional,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of O’Neal, who started for Andrew Bogut.
Howard was limited to 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting but grabbed 21 boards while James Harden scored 34 of his 39 points after halftime for the Rockets (37-18) but his 3-point attempt at the buzzer in regulation was short.
Chandler Parsons added 21 points while Jeremy Lin had nine for the Rockets, who shot just 36.6 percent from the floor on the night, their third-lowest total of the season. Houston is 0-6 this season when shooting less than 40 percent.
The Rockets had a four-point lead heading into the fourth but it was a close fight from there, with neither team refusing to give in.
In the dying minutes, Harden completed a three-point play to give the Rockets a two-point cushion.
Lee made a layup to tie the game but Harden put the Rockets ahead with a long jumper with six seconds remaining.
Then, Curry stormed the lane and tossed up a soft left-handed layup high off the glass to tie the game at 89 with three seconds left.
In overtime, Iguodala and Curry combined for 11 points while Draymond Green sank two foul shots with four seconds remaining to seal the win.