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.
The Warriors announced Kevin Durant suffered a right calf strain after he exited Game 5 during the 3rd quarter. pic.twitter.com/3rSHn2g9FV
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 9, 2019
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.