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Rockets owner: We´re going to win championships with James Harden

The Houston Rockets may have exited the NBA playoffs at the hands of the Golden State Warriors for the fourth time in five years, but owner Tilman Fertitta insists they will win titles with James Harden on their roster.

Stephen Curry’s 33 points on Friday helped the Warriors to a 118-113 victory in Game 6, which sealed a 4-2 series success for Golden State and sent them through to the Western Conference Finals.

The Warriors, seeking a third straight NBA title, have proved a thorn in Houston’s side in recent seasons and Fertitta was quick to praise Steve Kerr’s men for once again getting the better of the Rockets.

However, he is also adamant that 2017-18 MVP Harden can end a title drought for his franchise that dates back to the 1994-95 season.

“They kicked our a** on our home court,” Fertitta told reporters.

“They beat us by 10 points in the fourth quarter. It’s unacceptable. We just have to be better.

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“I know that we’re going to rise to the occasion and our time is going to come. James is 30 years old [in August]. Michael [Jordan] didn’t win his first championship until [28]. Hakeem [Olajuwon] didn’t win his first championship until [31].

“I can promise you, we’re going to win some championships with James Harden, because we are not going to sit here. We will go to battle every year.

“We’re going to have a strong offseason, and we’re going to do whatever we can to be a better team. We are not going to sit on our hands, I can promise you that.”

Houston had lost the first two games of the series but brought it back to 2-2 before losing Game 5 on Wednesday, when they led in the fourth quarter only to be defeated 104-99 at Oracle Arena.

Fertitta felt that was a missed chance but maintains belief that his team will one day avenge all of their playoff losses to the Warriors.

“They showed why they’re the champions,” he added.

“We’re gonna learn from it, and we’re gonna come back next year, and we’re gonna kick their a** at some point. I can promise you that.

“We should have stepped on their throat the other night and cut their throat. It’s not, ‘Let’s make a few shots and win.’ It’s step on their throat and let’s take it back to Houston and end it in six.”

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Rockets star Harden to miss Warriors clash

James Harden has been ruled out of the Houston Rockets’ showdown with reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors due to neck injury.

Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni announced Harden’s absence just hours before Saturday’s clash.

Harden was officially listed as questionable for Houston’s road game as a result of a cervical strain in his neck.

But the in-form Rockets star is now out with the injury as well as flu-like symptoms.

It is not clear when Harden initially suffered the injury, but ESPN notes he received treatment on his right shoulder and neck while resting on the sideline during Thursday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

However, that did not limit Harden’s play as he finished the game with 30 points in 37 minutes.

Harden also had pain from a left shoulder strain in the days leading up to the All-Star break, though it did not force him to miss any games.

Harden is making a strong case for his MVP campaign, averaging 36.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 7.7 assists to help the Rockets to a 33-25 record.