Basketball Rockets inch closer to dethroning Warriors

The Warriors Are Used to Blowouts, So Naturally they Blew Game 4 to the Rockets, 95-92

The Rockets claimed Game 5 of this suddenly engrossing series Thursday night in Houston 98-94 behind 18 second-half Chris Paul points and a series of missed opportunities and botched plays from the Warriors down the stretch. It did not help the Warriors missed key veteran Andre Iguodala for the second consecutive game with a left knee injury. Golden State has managed just over 107 points a game in this series, and Houston has held the defending champions to 97 points in its three wins.

It wasn't a pretty game as Golden State turned the ball over 17 times and Harden went 0 for 11 from 3-point range, but it was enough for Houston to put the pressure on the Warriors. He sat out of Game 4 after sustaining his injury when he collided knees with Houston guard James Harden in Game 3 on Sunday.

Warriors' coach Steve Kerr denounced the NFL's new policy on the national anthem as idiotic on Thursday. 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 unsafe, and less prone to massive runs. "I'm just missing shots".

"We'll take that", Harden said after Houston's 115-86 loss to the Warriors at Oracle Arena. He averaged 37 minutes over the first five games of the series against Golden State, scoring 47 combined points in victories in games four and five.

"I know exactly what I'm seeing out there and we defended the beautifully tonight", Kerr continued.

Oh is not expecting Chris Paul to play a major role in Monday's game, but he does foresee Rockets Eric Gordon and Gerald Green getting extended time.

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Thompson has always been content to be the understated All-Star among the four in Golden State's starting lineup. "We've got to prepare like he's going to play".

Once Irving left Cleveland and a hobbled Isaiah Thomas failed to fill his shoes, James lost more than a sidekick-he also lost the ability to pace himself.

The team provided tickets for more than 300 Santa Fe High seniors, along with some staff and first responders. It demands more playmaking from Livingston, who responded by turning the ball over four times in Game 4-his worst mark all season. "They're just playing to their fan base and they're basically trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people".

Added D'Antoni: "So we've got what we want, now it's up to us to go get it".

Capela provided crucial rim protection (a pair of blocks and countless contests) while dominating the glass (14 rebounds), and capitalized on the offensive end (12 points on 5-for-6 shooting), whether it was on the receiving end of a lob or a duck-in. After winning Game 1 by double digits, the Warriors seemingly got too comfortable, losing Game 2 by 22 points.

Paul hit just six of 19 shots and finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, but his tenacious defense had everything to do with the Rockets' incredible effort.

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