NBA regular-season wins leader Houston, powered by James Harden's 30 points and 27 from Chris Paul, edged defending champion Golden State 95-92 Tuesday to level their semi-final playoff series at two wins each.
Chris Paul scored 41 points to lead Houston into the NBA Western Conference finals on Tuesday with a series-clinching 112-102 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Defending champion Golden State, on the brink of sweeping out San Antonio in the first round of the NBA playoffs, will welcome back Stephen Curry to modified team workouts starting Saturday.
Steve Clifford was fired as coach of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets on Friday, three days after the end of their third losing season in four campaigns.
Defending champion Golden State saw Kevin Durant sidelined for two weeks, Israeli forward Omri Casspi hurt and their bid to overtake Houston for the NBA's best record falter Friday with a 98-93 loss to Sacramento.
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant joined his team's lengthening injury list, sitting out Friday's game against Sacramento with a rib injury that will sideline him two weeks.
The Toronto Raptors withstood a late surge from Houston to halt the Rockets' 17-game NBA winning streak with a 108-105 victory Friday in a clash of conference leaders.
Cleveland superstar LeBron James said Friday he's focused on the Cavaliers' bid for an NBA finals return, and isn't thinking about a possible move as a free agent after this season.