Rockets lose ailing Chris Paul, vow to dig in for Game 6

Warriors list Thompson Iguodala as questionable for Game 5

Warriors list Thompson Iguodala as questionable for Game 5

The Rockets will take a 3-2 series lead back to Oakland, California, with a chance to close out the defending champions on Sunday (AEST).

How To Watch Houston Rockets vs. Eric Gordon was the only other Houston player in double figures as he scored 14 off the bench.

- Never shy to express his poilitical feelings, Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr took on the National Football League of Thursday, declaring the new policy to force players who don't want to stand during the Star Spangled Banner to hide in the locker room as "idiotic".

The Rockets kept the Warriors under the 100-point mark for the first time this series in Game 4.

In Game 5, we saw a total shift in bench deployment - David West played almost a full quarter and Quinn Cook was on the floor in crunch time - as well as a continuation of the Warriors' offensive woes, which unmistakenly manifested themselves in the fourth quarter of the team's second straight loss. Kevin Durant is averaging 29.1 points and 7.2 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 24.1 points and 4.2 assists.

The Rockets went 15-6 this season in games without Paul when Capela and Harden were in the lineup. But Kerr said that Thompson was "moving around really well" on Wednesday and that he thought he'd be fine.

The Beard was 0-of-11 from 3-point range, equaling the record set by former Knicks' guard John Starks. For most of the game, the Warriors lacked their usual fluidity on offense.

Included in that scoring output was a shot clock-beating 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

The Rockets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games.

Golden State, whose streak of 16 straight home playoff wins was halted by the Rockets on Tuesday, will try to fend off elimination when they host Game 6 on Saturday. His shortest absence due to a hamstring injury was two games, which occurred during the 2015 West semifinals against the Rockets, when he played for the LA Clippers.

It's the first time they've had back-to-back defeats since the 2016 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers and they're now in serious danger of seeing their three-year finals streak come to an end. That switching defense isn't as effective going against an isolation-heavy team like the Houston Rockets.

And to think, plenty anticipated the Warriors and Rockets would trade baskets in this series.

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