NBA playoffs: Curry misses wide-open layup before Rockets seal win

James Harden made a big three-pointer in overtime and scored 41 points, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Golden State Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night James Harden made a big three-pointer in overtime and scored 41 points, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Golden State Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night to cut the deficit in the Western Conference semifinals to 2-1. A layup by PJ Tucker put Houston up by three with two minutes left and the Warriors missed shots on their next two possessions. That set up the three-pointer by Harden with 49 seconds left that made it 124-118. Kevin Durant made three free throws after that, but Harden added a layup to stretch the lead. Stephen Curry, who …

The NBA playoffs: all 16 contenders reviewed and ranked

As the postseason tips off over the weekend, will the Warriors take a third straight title or can Giannis Antetokounmpos Bucks step up? It feels incredibly strange to look at the NBA playoffs and realize that, for the first time what seems like a lifetime, LeBron James wont be a part of the proceedings. Thanks to a freshman campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers that was so stressful that team president Magic Johnson shocked the basketball world by that actually did make it, based on their regular season performance and the opponents that they have drawn. 1) Golden State Warriors So they didnt even finish with the best regular-season record in the league this time around and had to settle …