Warriors vs. Rockets RECAP, score and stats, Game 5

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson celebrates during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the

Down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics, a loss would have put them in a deficit no National Basketball Association team has ever overcome in a conference finals. Golden State has managed just over 107 points a game in this series, and Houston has held the defending champions to 97 points in its three wins.

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

Harden said the Rockets don't have time to dwell on the absence of their nine-time All-Star. While teams over the salary cap can sign as many players as they want to minimum-value contract (the Warriors also have a mid-level exception, worth about $6 million, now used on Young) it's unlikely that all four return next year, particularly with both Damian Jones, Quinn Cook, Shaun Livingston, and Jordan Bell signed on for next season.

"We've been counted out a long time this season". If you're not watching the game somewhere with your friends, go to the comment section below with your thoughts as the game goes along!

The 33-year-old, who starred for the Los Angeles Clippers before arriving in Houston in a trade last June, missed 24 games this season with a variety of injuries.

His step-back 3 has emerged as one of the league's most lethal weapons, giving Harden a go-to countermove when defenders play him to drive.

"Whoever is out, it's nearly like the next guy up, and everybody finds a way", Gordon said. "I kept faith in them and they did that".

Chicago lost for the third time in four games. If he isn't, we have enough guys.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green celebrates with guard Klay Thompson during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western C
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green celebrates with guard Klay Thompson during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western C

Boston has played seven road games so far this season. Tucker knows that most people believe the way to beat the Warriors is to outscore them in a shootout.

"And he does it at this level with the pressure and scrutiny", added Stevens.

Luckily, the truth of the matter is not complicated: Win or lose - like it or not - this Warriors' core of Curry, Durant, Green, Thompson, and Andre Iguodala isn't going to be broken up this offseason. The Rockets' other leader, Chris Paul, was on the bench for the final 22.4 seconds due to a right hamstring injury. "But I still think at the end of the day, we're a tough team and we can still find ways to win". I'm not going to say we want it more than them, but I'll tell you, we're desperate.

"I thought Klay was unbelievable tonight, not just the 35 points and the nine 3s but his defense", Kerr said. "They will [Monday] morning re-evaluate it again, probably [Monday] afternoon again".

Houston's Chris Paul (left) and James Harden combined for 57 points in Game Four.

Golden State were not done, coming to within a point of Houston, but Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon made free throws to put the final score at 98-94.

Just a few days later, the Warriors are on the brink of elimination, needing to win both Games 6 and 7 of the series to advance to a fourth-straight NBA Finals.

"I feel great about where we are right now", insisted Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Looney will be a game-time decision.

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