Warriors force Game 7 with 115-86 rout of Rockets

Warriors force Game 7 with 115-86 rout of Rockets

Warriors force Game 7 with 115-86 rout of Rockets

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.

Following Golden State's 115-86 comeback Western Conference Finals Game 6 win against Houston at the Oracle Arena in Oakland on Sunday (Philippine Time), both league semifinals are heading to a Game 7 for the first time in nearly four decades.

Iguodala and Klay Thompson are both listed at questionable for Game 5, according to the latest injury report released Wednesday afternoon.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he had "no idea" if Paul could recover in time to play in Game 7. The two teams combined to shoot a smooth 16 of 45 for just 40 total points. "I'm just missing shots, but we're winning". Execute the game plan, force the Warriors into the kind of game they don't want to play, and hit their own threes.

Rockets center Clint Capela dominated the paint early in the first half. "We know what we have to do", Harden said.

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. Golden State is 4-1 when facing elimination dating to the 2015 championship. "He wanted to be out there, and for sure he's anxious. we'll see tomorrow how it goes". The Warriors outscored the Rockets 55-20 in the second half before both coaches subbed their key players with 4:28 left.

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.

Ball security has been equally important in the series as the team with the fewest turnovers has won each game.

"The last two games, we've done that".

Thompson made a 3-pointer after that and then officials reviewed Paul's first basket of the quarter and ruled he got it off after the shot clock expired, leaving the Warriors ahead 80-79.

The Rockets had made ground in the opening stages, but the visitors were soon at their heels and the teams remained neck-and-neck for most of the game.

"It's just the shots [are] not falling, and a lot of it has to do with how hard everybody is playing", D'Antoni said. We saw more tanking teams than ever this season, largely because of the Warriors as more teams than usual felt they had no chance right out of the gate. I love the way this team responds when our backs are against the wall.

Golden State led by one to start the fourth before Paul got going, scoring seven points to power a 10-5 run that gave the Rockets an 81-77 lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left.

One twist, the Warriors attacked the switching more in Game 6 with Curry's ball handling - and when he had the ball the Warriors moved much more crisply off it. Curry has the skills as a point guard to break down the defense and find the open man with his passing, not just drain ridiculous threes.

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