Houston Rockets take Game 5, inch closer to dethroning Golden State Warriors

Houston Rockets take Game 5, inch closer to dethroning Golden State Warriors

Houston Rockets take Game 5, inch closer to dethroning Golden State Warriors

If Iguodala is absent, the Warriors are likely to start Kevon Looney at center while sliding Draymond Green to power forward as they did in Game 4.

"That's not our focus", Green said. "We cured that in games 4 and 5, we've got to get back to that".

Golden State's Andre Iguodala will miss Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Of course, if the Warriors do win Monday, we won't hear from these folks clamoring for change - our social media timelines, sports-talk radio phone lines, and water cooler break time will be safe from knee-jerking and reactionary tumult for at least a few days - but it's better to be proactive than reactive with complicated subjects like the National Basketball Association salary cap and collective bargaining agreement. And despite that, the Warriors still had their chances to win the game, only to bobble them.

"The problem with (the Warriors) getting 115 (points in Game 6) is it's because we turned it over about 20 times and that's a double whammy - we don't score first of all and they get out in transition", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "That may sound insane but I feel it". We know we let one slip away.

Teams that win Game 5 of a 2-2 best-of-seven series go on to win the series 83.1% of the time (167-34). Paul hit his first basket at the 9:43 mark of the second half, a 3-pointer that lifted Houston to a 52-49 lead. "I'm just missing shots". As hard as the road has been these playoffs, a win-or-go-fishing gauntlet against the King sounds worse.

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With the Rockets clinging to a two-point lead, Gordon sealed the victory at the foul line and ended with 24 points for the game.

"I tried to squeeze the orange until there was no more juice", James told reporters after logging 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while playing all 48 minutes of the series finale. Those are effective, Durant is the best scorer on the face of the earth right now, but it takes the Warriors out of their flow and makes them less risky, and less prone to massive runs. Golden State closed the second quarter with an 8-0 spurt and pulled even at the break after Durant kept them afloat with 18 first-half points. James enjoyed his sixth 40-point game in these play-offs (First player since Allen Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Final in 2001) and the team shot 50.6 per cent from the floor. "It's kind of what we do".

Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 29 points, but made just eight of 22 shots from the field and missed all four of his attempts in the fourth quarter.

It's quite the simple equation for Golden State really.

"We don't want to come and be pouting around", he said. I love the way this team responds when our backs are against the wall.

"We were great in the regular season on the road", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said, per Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today. "So let's get some action and try to change and do a better job for the kids".

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