Rockets push defending champ Warriors to the brink

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Teams that win Game 5 of a 2-2 best-of-seven series go on to win the series 83.1% of the time (167-34).

Paul was receiving treatment after the game and did not speak to reporters.

The Celtics are one win away from going to the NBA Finals, as they lead the Cavs 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

Paul scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half to help Houston take a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 victory over the Warriors.

LOS ANGELES-Star guard Chris Paul departed Houston's Western Conference finals game five win over Golden State in the final minute Thursday and his status for game six was unclear. "He's been huge. One time (Warriors forward) David West tried to back him down". Clint Capela. Trevor Ariza. He made two or three threes that just, his heart. "We just feel like we play defense, (lock) down and make it tough for them". Second-year G Patrick McCaw, who had been out since a scary back injury at Sacramento on March 31 when undercut by Vince Carter, received a roaring ovation when he entered the game late. "I used to be so hard on myself, especially early in my career", Thompson said. He's the best player on the court, the best of his generation, and with the Cavs it all starts with him - he can't be just merely good for the Cavaliers to win, he has to be superhuman. Oh, and the typically subdued Thompson let his emotions flow for all to see: He flexed his biceps Draymond Green style, pumped his arms like Kevin Durant and yelled out the way Stephen Curry often does at Oracle Arena. He was later ruled out of Game 4 and is now in danger of missing his second-straight game.

Iguodala is averaging 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in the postseason. It wasn't a pretty game as Golden State turned the ball over 17 times and Harden went 0 for 11 from 3-point range, but it was enough for Houston to put the pressure on the Warriors. As Houston trailed 72-71 in the fourth quarter, Gordon made both field goals and connected on all five of his free-throw attempts.

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While Thompson participated in all of morning shootaround, Iguodala participated in select portions of it. Iguodala participated in shooting drills at the end of morning shootaround, while Thompson watched game footage with Warriors assistant coach Chris DeMarco. "He's a great player, right in the middle of everything they do".

Questions also remain about the Warriors' mental state. Asked specifically about Game 6 on Saturday, Paul said, "Oh, yeah". "They're just playing to their fan base and they're basically trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people". I'm proud to be in a league that understands patriotism in America is about free speech and about peacefully protesting. I think he's a tremendous communicator.

The Rockets have broken the National Basketball Association record for 3s made and attempted in the past two seasons since D'Antoni was hired in Houston. Their season-long goal of toppling the Golden State Warriors, would look even closer than ever.

Cleveland's veterans need to step up in this pressure situation, and that starts with George Hill - he is the bellwether for this team, the second ball handler and shot creator they need.

Whether D'Antoni is actually right about that remains to be seen. Minnesota teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler, and Oklahoma City's Paul George rounded out the third team.

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