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Warriors edge Rockets, 99-98, to take 2-0 lead

Stephen Curry scored 33 points last night as the Golden State Warriors beat the visiting Houston Rockets, 99-98, to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

James Harden (38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists) rallied the Rockets from 17 points down in the second quarter and had a chance to win it in the final seconds. Instead, Klay Thompson and Curry trapped Harden, who lost the ball as time expired.

"Sometimes I want to crack open a beer and get a courtside seat. These two guys are the two best basketball players in the world," Warriors center Andrew Bogut said of Curry and Harden.

Dwight Howard overcame a sprained left knee to finish with 19 points and 17 rebounds for a Rockets team headed home in a major hole. "We're not going to go anywhere," coach Kevin McHale said. "We're just going to keep standing here and swinging."

Harden found Howard for an alley-oop that sliced Golden State's lead to 99-98 with 33 seconds left. After Harrison Barnes missed a difficult reverse layup as the shot clock nearly expired, Harden got the ball down the court but was trapped by Thompson and Curry, and time expired amid the scramble for the ball. Said McHale, "I will take our best player heading downhill on a broken court any day of the week. That's where he feasts."

Two are unanimous

Curry and LeBron James are the only unanimous selections to the All-NBA first team. They're joined by Harden, Anthony Davis (Pelicans) and Marc Gasol (Grizzlies). The second team: Russell Westbrook (Thunder), LaMarcus Aldridge (Trail Blazers), Chris Paul (Clippers), Pau Gasol (Bulls) and DeMarcus Cousins (Kings). The third team: Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan (Clippers), Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Tim Duncan (Spurs) and the Warriors' Thompson. -- AP


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