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James Harden made plays in clutch for Rockets in win (VIDEO)

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and guard Pablo Prigioni (9) react to a Harden 3-pointer against the Los Angeles Clippers during Game 2 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Houston. The Rockets won 115-109. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, James Nielsen)


James Harden started to look like the MVP candidate again Wednesday night.

Harden was attacking the rim, shooting threes and had 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter as the Rockets even their series with the Clippers at 1-1. Harden had five shots within eight feet of the rim and 10 three attempts, while just two shot attempts were from the midrange (he missed both).

Both Harden and Dwight Howard looked good when it mattered for the Rockets. Houston will need more of that in Game 3 — the series shifts to Los Angeles, and you can expect Chris Paul to suit up.