Rockets take Game 5, inch closer to dethroning Warriors

Rockets a win away from NBA finals as Warriors edged in Houston

"When your back's against the wall, if your shot's not falling, you can always control your passion and how hard you play".

Houston now has a chance to close out the series on Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Golden State and Cleveland have won their respective conferences in each of the past three seasons.

"What he did was remarkable", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said of Paul.

The Warriors simply never slipped into a rhythm and were far less reliant on their trademark movement and crisp passing game.

Paul is averaging 21.2 points, 5.8 assists and 5.9 rebounds over 14 playoffs games.

No arguing they both appreciate Thompson's no-fear shooting approach and ability to nearly single-handedly turn the tide of a game with a timely 3-pointer or two - or nine. On that night, James Harden led the way for Houston with 30 points.

The biggest key for the Rockets is Chris Paul.

Forward P.J. Tucker and center Clint Capela each had double-figure rebounds. They've also been relentless at throwing bodies at their shooters, and have often used bigger players to harass Stephen Curry to try and wear him down.

Houston will need to produce a similarly impressive performance tonight on home court if they hope to take the initiative.

"I was proud of the way we fought back", said Boston coach Brad Stevens. National Football League players also have the option of remaining in the locker room.

Thompson strained his left knee in the second quarter of Game 4 on Tuesday, but he played through it after receiving treatment in the locker room.

In Game 4 on Monday, it was a continuation of Game 3.

The Warriors turned the ball over 16 times last Thursday. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. For most of the game, the Warriors lacked their usual fluidity on offense.

Overall, the Warriors outscored the Rockets by 39 points in the second half. "Teams are more comfortable". "It would be a tough spot to put him in, in the meat of the game and not having played in a long time".

The Houston Rockets, this high-octane team that has been known exclusively for its offensive exploits these past few seasons, are derailing the defending champion Golden State Warriors with the kind of defense they haven't seen in these parts since Hakeem Olajuwon was roaming the paint.

The Celtics and Cavs are in opposite situations: one team doesn't have a superstar, but has several capable role players/future potential stars, while the other is essentially one superstar in LeBron James.