Chris Paul has come out and played like this series may be his very last. The veteran point guard led the Houston Rockets in the second half with 18 of his 20 points coming after halftime. Just under the three-minute mark, Paul would connect on a contested three-point basket as the shot clock expired. The defender would be Stephen Curry as they ran back on the other side of the court Paul would give Curry a taste of his own shimmy dance.
Paul would finish with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists as the Rockets pulled away with the 98-94 victory. James Harden finished with 19 points on 5-for-21 shooting from the field. The MVP candidate would go 1-for-6 shooting in the fourth quarter.
For the second straight game, Andre Iguodala did not play due to an injury. The Warriors biggest lead would only be four points in Game 5 and finished with 16 turnovers as a team. The defending champs were led by Kevin Durant who finished with 29 points and 4 rebounds.
Draymond Green lost the ball in the final Warrior possession as they had one last chance to tie or win the game with a three-point basket. The Rockets recovered the ball and the 3-2 lead fell into Houston’s lap.
The Warriors will return home for Game 6 and on the brink of elimination. ”We haven’t been in this position before … so it’s a chapter we need to figure out and finish the story,” Stephen Curry said.
In the final moments of Game 5, Paul hurt his right hamstring and could not continue to play out the final minute of the game. ”His spirits aren’t great,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. ”He wanted to be out there, and for sure he’s worried … we’ll see tomorrow how it goes.”
Game 6 is scheduled for a 9 PM EST tip-off on TNT Saturday.