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NBA Playoffs: Kevin Durant Injured, But Golden State Wins Game 5 Against The Rockets, 104-99

NBA Playoffs: Kevin Durant Injured, But Golden State Wins Game 5 Against The Rockets, 104-99

Golden State Warriors endured Houston’s late push and Kevin Durant’s injury to defeat the Rockets and take a 3-2 lead in the series before Game 6 in Texas. The Warriors won tonight at the Oracle Arena with 104-99 after a dramatic ending in which Klay Thompson pushed his team towards a victory.

With 4.1 seconds until the end of the contest, Thompson scored a layup to lift the Warriors to a two-possession game, and to set the final result.

The home team opened the game very good, and after a close first quarter, they managed to make a notable lead at the end of the same.

Houston couldn’t score with 3:13 left until the end of the same, and Golden State made a 9-0 series which pulled them to a 31-17 lead.

The Rockets came back in the second, and after Harden’s layup with 5:56 left, they got down to -3, 40-37. But that was the moment when Warriors started to make a huge run.

The guests didn’t score for a little bit more than three minutes, and the champions dropped 17 straight points, to get away to +20, 57-37.

After that, GSW couldn’t score for 2:56, until the end of the halftime, but still had a lead, 57-43.

Houston slowly started to trim the deficit in the third, and with 1:15 left in that sequence, they got the lead, 69-68.

Kevin Durant picked up an injury in this period and had to leave the game, which was a huge blow for the home team. His condition is still questionable, and he might not even play in Game 6.

From that moment on, the game was tight and close, but the Warriors managed to break through, with a mini-series in the late fourth. They made an 8-1 burst, which eventually brought the win to them.

Klay Thompson had 27 points, Steph Curry 25, again shooting bad from three, 3 of 11. Durant scored 22 for three quarters before heading towards the locker room.

Draymond Green was so close to another triple-double, 8 points, 11 assists, and 12 boards.

For the Rockets, Harden dropped 31 and had 8 dishes, Eric Gordon 19, PJ Tucker added another double-double with 13 points and 10 boards, while Chris Paul had just 11 points with 6 boards and assists each.

Game 6 will take place at Toyota Center this Friday night.

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