Heart-stopping win as Memphis Grizzlies topple James Harden’s Houston Rockets

Jonas Valanciunas’ offensive rebound and free throw with 0.1 seconds left in overtime helped the host Memphis Grizzlies topple the Houston Rockets 126-125 at FedExForum.

Valanciunas corralled a miss by Conley before absorbing a foul from Houston center Clint Capela on the game’s deciding play.

Valanciunas paired a career-high 33 points with 15 rebounds and teamed with Mike Conley (35 points, eight assists) to help Memphis fend off James Harden and the rallying Rockets.

That followed an MVP-caliber stretch from Harden, who scored 18 of his game-high 57 points in the fourth quarter before adding eight points during a 28-second stretch in overtime. Harden shot 9-of-17 on three-point range.

Former Rockets forward Chandler Parsons drilled a pair of threes in overtime to keep the Grizzlies in control as Harden nearly resurrected Houston again.

Harden gave the Rockets their first lead with a block and transition lay-up at the 3:24 mark of overtime.

Chris Paul added 18 points and seven assists but shot 6-of-17 while Capela posted 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who were without two guards, Eric Gordon (rest) and forward Kenneth Faried (sore knee).

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