Houston (AP) - The Houston Rockets were down by one point with no timeouts and mere seconds remaining Thursday night.
In that moment James Harden was the only one they wanted to have the ball. And as usual their star delivered.
Harden scored 35 points, including the game-winner with 2.7 seconds left, and the 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.
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.
"The last shot was typical of what James does," coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "The move, we've seen before. The finish, we've seen before. You do get spoiled by it at times, but in these biggest of moments, you can't help but appreciate it."
Golden State had a chance to win it after that, but Draymond Green dribbled the inbounds pass off his foot and out of bounds.
"I cost us the game," Green said. "The world will think I'm talking about that last turnover but I'm not. That happens. I was awful the whole game. I care about that turnover, but I cost us the game way before then."
Marreese Speights came off the bench to lead the Warriors with 22 points and Klay Thompson had 17.