The dream run of the Golden State Warriors in NBA 2014-15 continues. The Warriors held on with a final defensive stand to edge past Houston Rockets in game 2 of Western Conference Finals on Thursday. Golden State won 99-98 to take an advantageous 2-0 lead in the best of seven series.
The Warriors went to a 17-2 run from the closing minutes of the first quarter to the opening 3 minutes of the second to extend their lead to 44-28.
But Rockets rallied back from a 17-point deficit and tied at the stroke of the halftime. It was a keen contest throughout the second half as the Rockets gave top-seeded Warriors a run for their place.
Down 99-98 with 33 seconds remaining, James Harden got an opportunity to beat the buzzer after Warriors’ Harrison Barnes missed a shot. But MVP Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson created an effective “mouse-trap” to keep Harden at bay and enforcing a victory for Golden State by the narrowest possible margin. Harden tore down an arena curtain in frustration after the game.
James Harden produced a stellar show by virtue of his offensive genius on Thursday night with game-highest 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three steals. On the other side, a patient Curry top-scored for the Warriors with 33 points. Both notched up 13 for 21 from the field.
Game 3 is on Sunday at Houston as pressure mounts on the Rockets to bounce back in the series.