Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

Rockets rout Warriors in Game 2, even Western Conference finals series

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Warriors vs. Rockets in Western Conference finals (NBA.com Illustration)

The Rockets used a balanced offensive attack on Wednesday night to tie their Western Conference finals series with the Warriors, winning Game 2 by a final score of 127-105.

James Harden (27 points, 10 rebounds) was up to his usual tricks, but Eric Gordon (27 points), PJ Tucker (22 points) and Trevor Ariza (19 points) had a major impact in the victory. Kevin Durant finished with 38 points on 13-of-22 shooting, but Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson struggled, combining to go 10-of-30 (3-of-12 from 3-point range).

Check out all of the best highlights from Game 2 below...

Game 2 box score | Play-by-play

Final: Rockets 127, Warriors 105

11:12 p.m. ET - That's it. Steve Kerr has emptied the bench. The Rockets are ahead by 26 points with four minutes to go. It was all about Houston's supporting cast in Game 2. We will head to the Bay Area with the series tied at 1-1.

11:02 p.m. ET - Eric Gordon just made a stepback 3-pointer all the way from ______. (Insert a reference to another Texas city in the blank.)

10:56 p.m. ET - Stephen Curry doesn't look like himself (17 points on 16 field goal attempts), but he did drain his first 3-pointer here early in the fourth quarter. That might give him some confidence down the stretch.

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End of third quarter: Rockets 95, Warriors 79

10:47 p.m. ET - The Rockets avoid a letdown in the third quarter and maintain a big lead heading into the fourth quarter. James Harden has 21 points, but Houston isn't a one-man show in Game 2. PJ Tucker (19 points), Eric Gordon (18 points), Trevor Ariza (15 points) and Chris Paul (14 points) have all contributed offensively. The full team effort has made a huge difference.

10:36 p.m. ET - Chris Paul has 11 points and six assists, but his impact has gone beyond the box score. He's been managing the game with James Harden and attacking at the right times.

10:30 p.m. ET - Kevin Durant has 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting. The problem? No other Warriors player has more than nine points. KD is keeping the Warriors close, but he'll need help if they want to complete the comeback.

10:23 p.m. ET - There is no stopping Kevin Durant. You've just gotta hope he misses.

Halftime: Rockets 64, Warriors 50

10:00 p.m. ET - Through one half of play, the Rockets are playing like, well, the Warriors. Houston is shooting 53.5 percent from the field (45.5 percent from beyond the arc) with 15 assists on 23 made field goals. Golden State has 12 assists and 11 turnovers, and only Kevin Durant (18 points) has been a reliable source of offense.

We know what the Warriors can do in third quarters, though. Let's see if the Rockets can sustain this level of intensity.

9:56 p.m. ET - We did not see this kind of ball movement in Game 1. The Rockets are whipping the ball around the perimeter and finding open looks before the Warriors can set their defense. It's all working right now.

9:48 p.m. ET - A brief 6-0 surge by the Warriors brought the deficit down to five, but PJ Tucker answers with back-to-back 3-pointers to keep the Rockets ahead by a comfortable margin. (Well, as comfortable as a team can be against Golden State.)

9:41 p.m. ET - A 12-5 run to kick off the second quarter pushes the Rockets ahead by double-digits. Houston is taking transition opportunities when possible and not solely relying on isolation ball like it did in Game 1. That's a good sign for Mike D'Antoni's squad.

End of first quarter: Rockets 26, Warriors 21

9:32 p.m. ET - The Warriors finish the first quarter with seven turnovers and zero 3-point field goals, and yet they are only down five. Still, a good start for the Rockets, who are playing with a ton of energy so far. James Harden leads all scorers with nine points (4-of-8 from the field).

9:21 p.m. ET - This crossover by Kevin Durant... just mean.

9:13 p.m. ET - Through less than six minutes of play, the Warriors already have five turnovers, and the Rockets hold an early three-point lead as a result. Golden State has been extremely sloppy with the ball to start.

9:04 p.m. ET - Your starting lineups...

Rockets: Chris Paul, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, PJ Tucker, Clint Capela

Warriors: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green

8:45 p.m. ET - James Harden is just testing the durability of the rim before Game 2.

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