Rockets edge Warriors in Houston

by Steven Clarke May 28, 2018, 1:15
Rockets edge Warriors in Houston

Champions Golden State face elimination from the National Basketball Association playoffs, after falling 98-94 on the road to the Houston Rockets in Game Five of their Western Conference finals series.

Houston now has a chance to close out the series on Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.

Loose balls, floor burns, fearless guarding from the beginning of the shot clock until the end?

James Harden is having a nightmare Game 5 with 13 points on 4-of-15 shooting (0-of-9 on 3-pointers). He also committed six turnovers.

"It was well-deserved. It was a tough shot", Curry said of Paul, who left Houston's 98-94 Game 5 win with a hamstring injury. He finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks.

"Ninety-four points for a team like that, the guys are trying to find a way and they did", D'Antoni said. They'll do whatever they can do. That, alone, is not enough to get the Cavaliers a win, which leads us too....

Gordon tallied a team-high 24 points off the bench. The first big scare came as soon as the game started. Only a few non-superteams have reached the pinnacle in the last 10 years: the Lakers, the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, and the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.

"If a guy goes down, it's next man up", Rockets forward PJ Tucker said. The second one, I felt like we played a little better over there.

In Game 4, Golden State outscored Houston by 20 in the 31 minutes Stephen Curry, Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green played together. It's hard to stop them, but I just think we have the tools.

"We'll be all right". I hate to see Kevin Love last night, Kyrie (Irving). "The play was unfolding nicely, it just didn't turn out obviously". That served to ignite him.

The status of Rockets point guard Chris Paul looms large on this front, of course, as he is the head of the defensive snake that improved from 18th in defensive rating last season before his arrival to sixth this time around.

Andre Iguodala missed the Warriors' Game 4 loss to the Rockets with a leg injury.

Kevon Looney made his second consecutive start in place of Iguodala, contributing four points in 22 minutes.

The Rockets had made ground in the opening stages, but the visitors were soon at their heels and the teams remained neck-and-neck for most of the game.

Watch a preview of the Warriors-Rockets Game Five courtesy of The San Jose Mercury News, in the video below.

With the Rockets a win away from a Western Conference title, probable MVP James Harden isn't sweating his historic shooting slump. When he plays well, when he is playing downhill and attacking off picks as he did in Game 6, they win. I'm not going to say we want it more than them, but I'll tell you, we're desperate. Bottom line, if there's one thing we know will happen in this game, it's LeBron will be great. "I know exactly what I'm seeing out there and we defended them beautifully tonight".

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