NBA: Golden State Warriors edge Houston Rockets 99-98 to take Game Two

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (centre) dunking the ball over Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith (left) during the second half of their NBA Western Conference Finals in California, on May 19, 2015. The Warriors edged Houston Rockets 99-98
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (centre) dunking the ball over Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith (left) during the second half of their NBA Western Conference Finals in California, on May 19, 2015. The Warriors edged Houston Rockets 99-98 to take Game Two on May 21. -- PHOTO: EPA

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - Stephen Curry scored 33 points as the Golden State Warriors survived a late flurry from the Houston Rockets to take Game Two of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Western Conference finals 99-98 on Thursday night.

James Harden had a game-high 38 points for the Rockets, who trailed 92-98 with just over a minute left but kept the home crowd on edge with a late 6-1 run, reported ESPN.com.

Harden rallied the Rockets from 17 points down in the second quarter and had a chance to finish off the comeback in the final seconds of the fourth. Instead, Klay Thompson and Curry trapped him near mid-court, and the Rockets star lost the ball as time expired.

Harden fell to the floor and put his hands over his head as the Warriors celebrated on the court, the sellout crowd roared and golden-yellow confetti fell from the rafters.

Dwight Howard overcame a sprained left knee that slowed him down to finish with 19 points and 17 rebounds for a Rockets team headed home in a major hole. Game Three is on Saturday in Houston.