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OAKLAND---Golden State ral-
lied from a 16-point first-half
deficit to beat Houston 110-106
in the opening game of their
NBA Western Conference finals
series on Tuesday, with Stephen
Curry hitting two free throws
in the final seconds to seal the
result and push his personal
total to 34 points.
The Warriors turned the game
around by going for a smaller,
more nimble lineup and closed
the first half on a run of 21 points
to 4 to take a three-point lead
The hosts then held off Hous-
ton in the fourth quarter, with
the Rockets capacity to use their
size advantage diminished by the
loss of center Dwight Howard to
a knee injury.
"It really stretches people out,"
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said
of his lineup full of shooters.
"Houston does the same thing.
It was an interesting chess
match, because they like to go
small and we like to go small."
James Harden, the runner-up
to Curry in the MVP voting,
nearly brought the Rockets back
in the fourth quarter. He finished
with 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine
assists and four steals, but his
late push fell short.
"You can t give a really good
shooting team easy layups and
confidence," said Harden, who
shot 11 of 20 from the field.
"That s what we did in the sec-
Game 2 is Thursday in Oak-
land, and it s unclear if Howard
can play. Howard doesn t think
the injury will sideline him for
"Hopefully Dwight is healthy
and we can play big," Rockets
coach Kevin McHale said. "We
didn t have that option with
Harden mixed in a series of
step-back jumpers and driving
layups to help Houston even the
score at 95-95 midway through
But the Warriors shut down
Houston for long stretches, and
Curry kept hitting shots to match
Harden s brilliance. Curry con-
nected on a 3-pointer and con-
verted a layup to put Golden
State up 108-97 with 2:01
"It s entertaining basketball.
We re both supposed to help our
team win and do what we can
to impact the game," said Curry.
The Rockets never relented,
though, with Trevor Ariza mak-
ing a 3-pointer that trimmed the
Warriors lead to 108-106 with
14.6 seconds to play.
Curry twice caught the
inbounds pass, and the Rockets
were forced to foul him both
times. He hit both free throws
to seal Golden State s win.
Curry added six rebounds and
five assists, and Draymond Green
had 13 points, 12 rebounds and
eight assists to boost the War-
riors when they needed it most.
Ariza scored 20 points and
Josh Smith had 17 points and
seven rebounds for the Rockets.
Houston Rockets guard Pablo Prigioni (9) drives against Golden State Warriors
guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball
Western Conference finals in Oakland, California, Tuesday. AP PHOTO
Warriors rally past
Rockets in Game 1
Wawrinka of Switzerland outlasted
Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-
4, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round of his
home Geneva Open tournament yes-
Wawrinka needed a single break of
service to win the opening and deciding
sets, though faltered with his own first
serves in losing the second set.
"I was a bit less intense during the
second set which makes a big difference
against players like him," said Wawrin-
ka. "But overall it was a good match."
In today s quarterfinals, Wawrinka
will play 74th-ranked Federico Delbonis
of Argentina, who beat Andrey
Kuznetsov of Russia 6-3, 6-4.
Third-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain
rallied from losing the first set to beat
Adrian Mannarino of France 3-6, 7-
6 (2), 6-2.
Benjamin Becker, the fourth-seeded
German, lost to Spaniard Albert
Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (2), 6-2.
Sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal
advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over
Jurgen Melzer of Austria.
Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, a two-
time champion of the clay-court Swiss
Open at Gstaad, beat Denis Istomin
of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-4.
Wawrinka advances at Geneva Open
Keys survives scare in Strasbourg
American Madison Keys rallied
from one set and 5-0 down to beat
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 7-6 (3),
7-6 (0) and reach the quarterfinals
of the Strasbourg International
On the brink of defeat, Keys took
plenty of risks and the strategy paid
off as Lucic-Baroni failed to serve
out the match.
"I was definitely thinking that I
would be heading to Paris," where
the French Open starts on Sunday,
Keys said. "Mirjana was playing
well and I wasn t playing great, and
I was just really happy that I was
able to find it and figure it out."
Keys was more cautious in the
tiebreaker of the second set and
took advantage of her Croatian
opponent s mistakes to seal it.
Lucic-Baroni missed her chance
to serve out the match for a third
time at 5-4 in the deciding set and
her game collapsed in the tiebreak-
"For sure, my mental toughness
was important." Keys said. "Even
at 5-0 I was trying hard and putting
in all of my effort. My game was
there, it was just a couple of points
here or there that hadn t been going
my way. It was a battle to the very,
very end, and I m very relieved with
Key s next opponent is Kristina
Mladenovic, who advanced past
Alison Riske 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Russia s Elena Vesnina also
advanced with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 win
over fourth-seeded Alize Cornet,
with Virginie Razzano waiting for
her in the next round after upset-
ting former French Open winner
Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-3.
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