Harden, the reigning league MVP, forced the extra period with a 3-pointer and then hit the game-winner from beyond the arc with 2.7 seconds to play in the overtime. Kevin Durant's long three-pointer missed as the buzzer sounded in what was a rematch of last season's seven-game Western Conference finals, which was won by Golden State.
Harden's miraculous last-second 3-pointer gave the Rockets a thrilling 135-134 overtime victory, but not before a stunningly terrible call nearly handed the Warriors the game. Harden, however, had one more improbable, acrobatic moment still in him.
"I could believe it because the refs were missing a lot tonight", said Durant, who would miss a desperation shot at the buzzer. "It's a big time shot, and I'm happy we came out with the win". "I had confidence that it was going to go in".
Harden drains game-winning 3-pointer in OT thriller against Warriors
Forty points in five straight puts Harden in elite company with Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, and Allen Iverson also accomplishing the feat.
Harden surpassed 40 points for the fifth straight game as he finished with 44, in addition to 15 assists and 10 rebounds.
The Warriors had held a 20-point lead at one point in the second-half, and the loss frustrated Curry.