Rockets outlast Warriors, edge closer to NBA Finals

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Green produced a costly turnover in their final possession of the game with just 6.2 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. "So we'll be all right".

When Paul strolled into practice Friday morning after the game and after the night talking with Harden, he was smiling and laughing. He started 30 games this season while Paul and James Harden dealt with injuries.

Curry had shimmied in Game 3 and Game 4, and there was Paul, mere feet away, demanding that he answer for it.

If the Rockets win, they can await Paul's medical update as they prepare for their first trip to the NBA Finals since winning the title in 1995.

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"If you can shimmy on somebody else, you gotta be alright getting shimmied on", Curry told reporters after the game.

Thursday night's Game 5 matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets had several notable takeaways, but it was the play of Chris Paul that has most people talking, including Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James.

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 six on Saturday.

Asked if there was a chance Paul could return for a potential Game 7, D'Antoni said, "I don't know". His shortest absence due to a hamstring injury was two games during the 2015 West semifinals against the Rockets, when he played for the LA Clippers.

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"Chris is a tough loss. but we always find ways to win", Gordon said.

The Warriors were better than the Rockets in field goal percentage (44 percent), three-point field goal percentage (38.5 percent) and rebounds (51), but it was a few miscues that put Golden State at a disadvantage toward the end of the game. Now that Paul is hurt, they'll be facing a different Rockets' team than the one that has threatened to dethrone their dynasty. Now the Rockets will have to go on without him for at least one game.

The injury occurred with around 50 seconds left in Game 5.

"I hope he's healthy", Trevor Ariza said Thursday night, before the Rockets had ruled Paul out.

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