Harden extends Rockets’ season…Curry plays after landing on head…Beleskey saves Ducks

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points and the Houston Rockets forced a fifth game in the NBA’s Western Conference finals by beating Golden State 128-115 last night. Harden contributed 17 points in the fourth quarter, including seven during a 10-0 run after the Warriors got within six points with 8 ½ minutes remaining. The Rockets shot 17-for-32 from 3-point range, with Harden hitting 7 of 11.

HOUSTON (AP) — Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry was able to finish last night’s game in Houston despite falling on his head during the first half. The league MVP missed about 12 minutes before finishing with 23 points, hitting 6 of his 13 3-point attempts.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 5-4 victory and a three-games-to-two lead over Chicago in the NHL’s Western Conference finals. Cam Fowler, Ryan Kesler, Sami Vatanen (VAH’-tah-nehn) and Patrick Maroon also scored for the Ducks, who have alternated wins and losses in the series. The Blackhawks trailed 4-2 until Jonathan Toews (tayvz) scored twice in the final 1:50 of regulation

UNDATED (AP) — New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon has joined Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and Michael Wacha (WAH’-kah) of St. Louis as the majors’ first seven-game winners of the season. Colon gave up three runs and six hits in six innings as the Mets downed Philadelphia 6-3. Houston’s Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kehl) also tried to pick up his seventh victory yesterday, but he served up two-run homers by Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce in Baltimore’s 4-3 triumph over the Astros.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have released defensive end Ray McDonald after he was accused of domestic violence and child endangerment in Northern California. Chicago signed McDonald to a one-year contract in late March knowing it was a gamble given his history of legal issues. He was released by the 49ers in December, just a month after the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office announced it had declined to file charges against McDonald in a separate domestic violence investigation.