"Golden State Warriors," Kevin Durant, left, protects James Harden from Houston Rockets in the first half of the NBA basketball game on January 3, 2019 in Oakland, CA (AP Photo / Ben Margot)
Stephen Curry put the Warriors ahead with 23.1 seconds remaining in the OT on the way to 35 points – a basket that should not have been calculated because Durant was clearly out of bounds when he threw the ball back.
Still, Harden had an unlikely acrobatic moment in it. He released the ball with at least four hands in front of him for the winner of the game.
The final MVP finished 44 points, 15 nurses and 10 rebounds, while Clint Chapel contributed 29 points and 21 rebounds to Houston.
Harden also hit three poins at 3:52 and 2:02 OT marks in a game that has dazzling views on both ends of some of the biggest star of the game.
Klay Thompson made a layout with 40.6 seconds remaining in extra time, then Harden tied to 132 on a pair of free throws with 33.5 seconds remaining.
Durant added 26 points and seven rebounds.
Harden also had a double month (Tuesday, PHL time) against Memphis of 43 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists, but was disappointed with the nine turnover he thought he had given to Grizzlies too many transition opportunities.
Including his 50-point game, December 13 (December 14, PHL time) against the Lakers, Harden scored at least 30 in 11 straight.
Coach warrior Steve Kerr made a simple message about defending Harden, who went on a line 27 times a month: "Do not miss him!"
Harden dropped five free throws in the first quarter Thursday (Friday, PHL time) and nine in total.
His 5:37 jumpers in the regulation reduced the Golden State's position to 112-111. He also took missiles almost by knocking two two three-pointers and assisting another basket in the finals 1:26 third as Houston cut his deficit to 98-92 going in the last quarter.
Thompson scored 26 points and hit three consecutive points in the first half. After striving to find his accident from the deep, Thompson has 10-for-17 three-pointers in the last three games.
With his first triple at the seven-minute mark of the opening season, Durant became the 32nd NBA player to reach 22,000 points.
Decreasing back as he released the ball over Harden, Durant threw a number of 59.2 seconds in the first half.
Cold shot missiles fell behind 70-53 at break. Houston was only 6 out of 23 long distance, 3-for-9 by Harden, while Warriors shot 62.8 percent.
rockets: F James Ennis, who had been questioned with a straight hamstring, returned after losing the last 10 matches. … Eric Gordon played a straight second straight game with a straight knee.
Warriors: C Kevon Looney scored in double figures for the ninth time this season. … Durant is one of the six active players in the 22,000-point club, alongside LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter and Dwyane Wade. … Durant has 12 direct games with 20 or more points. … The Golden State fell to 10-3 when dishing 30 or more assists.
As part of the Oracle Arena's final season, Warriors has honored the "Run TMC" era with Tim Hardaway's trio, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin.
They were recognized on the big screen during an expiration period in the first quarter, and Hardaway was shown in the courtyard behind Warriors' owner Joe Lacob.
rockets: On arrival from Portland on Saturday (Sunday PHL time).
Warriors: In Sacramento on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) seeking a fourth straight victory against the Kings.