Warriors overcome Harden's 38, lead 2-0

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) James Harden had Game 2 on his fingertips - and then he didn't.

Now the Golden State Warriors have the Western Conference finals in their grasp.

Stephen Curry scored 33 points before Harden lost the ball in the closing seconds to end a spectacular duel between the NBA MVP and runner-up, and the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

No damage for Hawks' Carroll, may play

ATLANTA (AP) An MRI on DeMarre Carroll's left knee showed no structural damage, and he hopes to play for Atlanta in Friday night's Game 2 against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals, Carroll's agent said Thursday.

Mark Bartelstein told The Associated Press that Carroll has only a knee sprain and "maybe a little" bone bruise. The Hawks confirmed the MRI showed only a knee sprain and said Carroll would be listed as questionable. (MORE)

Andersen stops 27, Ducks take 2-1 lead

CHICAGO (AP) Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau knew the answer without having to ask the question.

Any doubts he had about fatigue and his squad's ability to bounce back after a disheartening loss in triple overtime less than 48 hours earlier disappeared even before the midday shoot-around. (MORE)

Curry, James unanimous All-NBA picks

NEW YORK (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry, the league MVP, and LeBron James are the only unanimous selections to the All-NBA first team.

New Orleans' Anthony Davis and Memphis center Marc Gasol joined Curry as newcomers on the team. Houston's James Harden rounded it out with his second straight selection. (MORE)

Rice domestic violence charges dismissed

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) A judge on Thursday dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator last year.

Judge Michael Donio signed the order after the Atlantic County prosecutor told him the former Baltimore Ravens running back had completed the terms of his pretrial intervention. (MORE)

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