Hit the Nene: Free throws

Courtesy of Yahoo
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Rockets weren't happy to have squandered an 18-point lead, leaving them tied with Oklahoma City with just seconds left on Thursday night.
But they were proud of the plays they made at the end of the game to hang on for the win.
James Harden scored 26 points and Nene hit two free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining to lift the Rockets to their sixth straight victory, 118-116 over the Thunder.
''There's going to be some close games in the postseason where we'll have to figure ways to close them out, and it isn't always going to be us making shots and it being perfect,'' Harden said. ''We're going to have to get stops sometimes.''
Houston overcame Russell Westbrook's 49 points, though the star guard struggled down the stretch.
Harden found Nene right under the basket and he was fouled by Jerami Grant as he attempted a shot, setting up the winning free throws. Nene had a season-high 18 points for his 12th double-digit game this season.
''I saw two defenders guarding me and I saw Nene wide open,'' Harden said. ''No matter if it's the fourth quarter with three seconds to go or the first quarter with 10 minutes to go, I'm going to make that pass. And my teammates know that and he was prepared and ready for it.''
A pair of foul shots by Harden tied it with just under two minutes remaining. The teams combined to miss seven shots after that, with Westbrook missing three in that span, before Nene's free throws..

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