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Beard bounces back to keep Rockets alive

James Harden shook off a forgettable Game 3 performance by dropping 45 points on the Warriors, who were denied a sweep of the West finals.

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Howard: 'We don't want to go home'

After the Rockets forced a Game 5 in the conference finals, Dwight Howard said: "We don't want to go home. We just came out and played as hard as we could, left it out on the floor, and when you do that, good things happen."

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Warriors' rare loss

Golden State was 20-for-46 from 3-point range in Game 4. The Warriors are the 19th team ever to make 20 3-pointers in a game, and just the second to lose. They're the first to do so in the postseason.

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Harden on Rockets' Game 5 hopes

The MVP runner-up on what Houston has to do to stay alive again in Game 5: "Same effort. Come out with some great intensity. They're a really good team especially at home."

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Harden keeps Rockets alive

James Harden scored 45 points, setting a career playoff high, and the Rockets held off a Warriors rally to stave off elimination for the fourth time this postseason. Box score

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Toyota Center announcer is asking the crowd to remain in their seats until the storm passes. We have 2:23 left in the fourth quarter.

Draymond Green fouls out

The Warriors forward leaves after putting up 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Houston is up by 12 with 3:09 left. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Warriors using intentional fouls

The Warriors are trying to claw back into the game by sending Josh Smith to the line repeatedly. Smith is 3-of-12 from the line, and the Warriors are down 13 with 3:51 left. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Harden regains control for Rockets

After a Steph Curry 3-pointer cut Houston's lead to 6 points, James Harden scored the next 7 points of the game, putting Houston back up 13 and forcing Steve Kerr to take a timeout with 6:37 left in the fourth quarter. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Thompson splashes GS back within 7

Steph Curry still hasn't made a shot since returning to the game, but Klay Thompson is picking up the slack for the Splash Bros. He has 22 points, and back-to-back 3-pointers have cut Houston's lead to 7 with 9:27 left in the fourth quarter. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Uphill battle for Warriors

The last team to overcome a deficit of at least 15 points heading into the fourth quarter of a conference finals game was the 2002 Celtics (trailed Nets by 21). Houston leads 99-84 in Game 4. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Rockets soaring heading into fourth

Golden State pulled within 8 points early in the second half, but the Rockets regained control and will take a 15-point lead into the final quarter of Game 4. Houston has won each of its last 3 games facing elimination. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Curry's first shot an airball

Stephen Curry was well off on his first shot attempt since returning to the game after his head contusion. Meanwhile, James Harden has 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter and has extended Houston's lead back to 19. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Harden's amazing shot ... for 0 points

James Harden has made six field goals tonight. This wasn't one of them -- it came a split-second after the halftime buzzer -- but the 70-footer was more impressive than any of the ones that counted.

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