OAKLAND, Calif. - His spirits down, his left ankle limp and his team's season hanging in the balance, Stephen Curry wondered whether he could recover for the biggest game of his career until a text message popped up on his phone around 2 a.m. Saturday.
OKLAHOMA CITY - James Harden lacked the energy to get through a morning shoot-around. Then he found the strength to fill the Houston Rockets with life in a playoff series that had started to look hopeless.
LOS ANGELES - Steve Blake scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added his seventh career triple-double, and the Lakers secured the West's No. 7 playoff seed with a 99-95 overtime win over Houston on Wednesday night.