Rockets take Game 5, inch closer to dethroning Warriors

One of the night's big moments came early in the second quarter as James Harden dunked on Draymond Green, after doing the same in Games 3 and 4. And without someone like Andre Iguodala - who's missed the last two games due to injury but a year ago * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/advanced/?sort=AST_TO&dir=-1&Season=2016-17&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&CF=MIN*GE*25" *led the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio - you could argue the Warriors might even be at a disadvantage from a ball-control standpoint. He left the game briefly and ended up scoring 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting in 39 minutes, well below his 19.4 points per game average this postseason.

Speaking to reporters after practice on Wednesday, head coach Steve Kerr offered encouraging updates on both players.

Game 5 tips off Thursday at 9 ET on TNT.

So when news broke Friday morning that Paul might miss Game 6 with an apparent hamstring injury, it was the kind of thing that could change the entire complexity of the game and series.

The Rockets say Paul's strained right hamstring will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston following Game 6. "But if we've got a guy like Eric Gordon making shots and being aggressive, who cares?"

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The Cavaliers, who have played the Warriors in each of the last three finals, trail the Celtics 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals. The Warriors sharpshooter ultimately returned to the floor following a few minutes with the team's training staff. The Rockets have figured out something defensively in these last two games and have managed to win without even shooting the ball well. "We just feel like we play defense, (lock) down and make it tough for them".

"Ninety-four points for a team like that, the guys are trying to find a way and they did", D'Antoni said.

Should the Warriors win Saturday, Game 7 will be Monday back in Houston.

And to think, plenty anticipated the Warriors and Rockets would trade baskets in this series.


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