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Rockets Take Down Warriors

Lead Series 3-2

May 25, 2018 - 11:02 am

By Austin Medina

Hunger over talent. That’s what the Rockets are displaying on the court and now have the advantage.

The Rockets won Game 5 Thursday night 98-94 down in Houston.

Houston played more aggressive and seemed determined to go back to Golden State with a 3-2 lead.

The Warriors gave the Rockets everything they had, yet it was Chris Paul’s timely shots that secured the win. Sure Paul had just 20 points on 6-19 shooting, but those six shots proved huge in the win.

Paul left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent hamstring injury, which has hurt him in the past. His status hasn’t been determined for Game 6 or for the rest of the series, but not having Paul would be a huge blow for the Rockets chances.

One thing that should satisfy the Rockets is that they gritted out a win without great play from their star, James Harden. Harden had 19 points on just 23.8% shooting with six turnovers. With or without Paul, Harden has to show up for the remainder of the series for Houston to win.

The fearless play of Eric Gordon saved Houston. Whether it was driving to the rim, getting fouled and making free throws, or knocking down the three, Gordon gave the spark Houston needed.

One factor that shouldn’t go unnoticed is the lack of production and efficiency from Kevin Durant late in games. The past two games Durant has shot just under 37% from the field and has been nonexistent down the stretch.

There are many questions going into Game 6. Will Chris Paul’s hamstring be healthy enough for him to play? Will Harden step up? Will Durant regain his groove? Will Andre Iguodala return after missing the past two games? All the unknowns make Game 6 all the more intriguing. There is one known as it stands today. The Rockets are 48 minutes and a win away from dethroning the juggernaut Warriors.

Game 6 starts 9 pm Saturday in Golden State.