Rockets Take Charge of WCF In Game 5 Win

The Rockets have turned the Western Conference finals around.

The best-of-seven series returns to Houston tied two games apiece. "He's practically won us the last two games".

The victor of the series will face either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals starting on May 31.

Through four games, the team that scores the most points on fast breaks has won each game.

The Cavaliers' improved offensive effort ignited their energies defensively. This leads to the formation of superteams consisting of two, three or more perennial all-stars and Most Valuable Player candidates joining forces on the same squad. "As I said, the two-way ability of this guy hounding the MVP of the league, most likely, all game, and continuing to rain down 3-pointers, he's incredible". The Houston Rockets are averaging 107.1 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 102.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting.

"We played well tonight", Curry said, "just not well enough".

The Celtics once again held down home court in dominant fashion, moving to 10-0 at home and again blowing out the Cavaliers to move within 1 win of the NBA Finals ... As if they were taking some sort of ego-driven challenge from Harden and Paul and attempting to play Can You Top This?

It's usually incorrect to attach Horford's value to the scoring column. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.5 rebounds. He will certainly make it hard for Boston. The Rockets' playoff opponent, the Golden Warriors, have a unique nickname for their lineup.

There are two ways to process Game 4.

Paul is averaging 21.2 points, 5.8 assists and 5.9 rebounds over 14 playoffs games.

Draymond Green made a 3-pointer with just over minute left to get Golden State within one. The defense has to respect his shot or he will make them pay. Houston struggled to keep pace throughout the game, shooting just 40 per cent from the field and committing 19 turnovers. And while it may have been challenging for the team in Game 4 without Andre Iguodala, they may be without two of their best five players for Game 5.

For all the emphasis on Harden's brand of iso ball in the series, Kevin Durant's desire to work one-on-one was among the more pronounced features of the Warriors' offense Thursday night.

Both the Rockets and the Warriors missed on their next possessions, keeping the game locked at 95-94.

Injury absences sent Golden State's Stephen Curry tumbling to the third team, where he was joined in the backcourt by Indiana's Victor Oladipo. Please by okay Chris Paul.

In four games or less, the 2018 NBA Finals matchup will be set. The Warriors are 16-8 all-time in Game 6 of postseason series.

The Warriors went undefeated at home throughout last year's playoffs, and D'Antoni recently spoke about the importance of snatching Game 5.

Golden State hasn't shot that poorly since Game 3 of the semifinals against the Pelicans.

  • Julie Sanders