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Golden State Warriors  at  Houston Rockets
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Rockets Defeat Warriors in Game 5, 98-94, Take 3-2 Series Lead

By Joel Bartilotta

The Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors, 98-94, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals at Toyota Center on Thursday. In a series with very few competitive games, this was easily the tightest matchup thus far. While Houston held the lead for the entirety of the first half, there were nine ties and 16 lead changes in the second half, as neither club led by more than six points for the final 27 minutes of action. The key for the Rockets was their defense, as they held the Warriors to 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range while winning the turnover differential, 16-10. It's not like Houston's offense was any better though, as they hit just 37 percent from the field and 30 percent from long range. Bench production was also critical for the Rockets, as they got 33 combined points from their two bench players while the Warriors five bench players combined for just four total points. The Warriors (2-3) were led by Kevin Durant, as he tallied 29 points and four rebounds. Klay Thompson amassed 23 points and four boards. Stephen Curry finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Draymond Green was the only other Warrior with more than four points, as he collected 12 points, 15 rebounds and four assists. The Rockets (3-2) big two really struggled, as Chris Paul and James Harden combined to go just 11-of-40 from the field. With that said, Harden finished with 19 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals while Paul accrued 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Clint Capela totaled 12 points and 14 boards. Eric Gordon was huge off the bench, as he provided 24 points, four rebounds and two steals. Game 6 will be in Golden State on Saturday, as Houston will look to avoid a Game 7, which would be played on Monday.

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 11:46 PM ET      Updated on May 24, 2018 at 11:56 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

This was the tightest game of these Conference Finals, as there were nine ties and 16 lead changes in the second half alone. In fact. neither team led by more than six points for the entirety of the second half. Turnovers really killed the Warriors, as the Rockets won that battle, 16-10. Bench production was also critical for Houston, as they got 33 combined points from their two bench players while Golden State's five bench players totaled just four points between them. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 29 points and four rebounds. Klay Thompson amassed 23 points and four boards. Stephen Curry accrued 22 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Draymond Green collected 12 points, 15 rebounds and four assists. James Harden and Chris Paul combined to go just 11-of-40 from the field but Paul finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals while Harden accrued 19 points, three rebounds and four assists. Clint Capela totaled 12 points and 14 rebounds. Eric Gordon led the bench with 24 points and four boards.

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 11:55 PM ET