The Houston Rockets came out on top in overtime against the Cavaliers, led by a 33-point effort from James Harden…
The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers gave Rockets fans their money’s worth as they took their game to overtime, and the Rockets prevailed with a 105-103 victory.
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The game featured many lead changes while the teams were engaged in heated fights that produced technical fouls and a flagrant foul on Rockets guard James Harden, who kicked Cavaliers forward LeBron James in the groin.
They held a 10-point lead in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers came storming back before the game went to overtime.
LeBron and Harden, who are both prime MVP candidates, had memorable performances for their teams. LeBron folded in a crucial moment though as he missed two free throws when the Cavaliers trailed by one point.
Harden then drew a foul and made a free throw before missing the second one on purpose. Although the clock was not completely ran out as he planned, the Cavaliers were unable to send it to double overtime.
Despite his horrid 3-for-11 free-throw shooting, LeBron led the Cavaliers with 37 points while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Harden climbed up the MVP race ladder by scoring 33 points on 8-of-18 shooting to go with eight rebounds and five assists.
The Cavaliers were forced to play without point guard Kyrie Irving, who is nursing a shoulder injury.