James Harden urges his Rockets teammates to step up their game

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Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals series between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets takes place later today at the Toyota Center in Houston, and James Harden has issued a battle cry in order to motivate his teammates to win the game.

Harden and the Rockets lost Game 1 of the series to the Warriors earlier this week, as they were unable to respond to the amazing performances on the court by Golden State's Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who helped provide their team with a 1-0 lead in the series.

Game 2 will be the last game the Rockets play in Houston before traveling to The Bay Area for Games 3 and 4 at the Oracle Arena. If they want to bring the series back to Houston, they'll need to win at least one of the next three games.

In order to make sure that happens, Harden has issued a battle cry to his Rockets teammates in order to motivate them to step up to the plate and make sure this historic season doesn't end at the Western Conference Finals stages.

Harden said, according to CBS Sports: "We're in this together. I can't do it by myself, we need everyone to be at their top play. Whether it's [Chris Paul], whether it's Eric [Gordon], whether it's [PJ Tucker], we need to just open up, talk about the game, talk about things that we see, that they see from their angle.

"We can get better on things that they saw that actually worked, and we'll figure it out."

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game One

It's not that surprising that Harden is frustrated with the rest of his teammates considering how much he contributed towards trying to earning the Rockets the win on Monday night. He scored 41 points on the night, shooting 14-of-24 from the field while also providing seven assists, meaning he directly contributed to 55 of the Rockets' 106 points.

However, Houston would lose the game to the Warriors 119-106, with Durant being the best performer on the court with 37 points, while Thompson also added 28 points of his own. It will be interesting to see if Harden's risky message to his teammates through the media pays off later today.

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