Houston did it again in a 98-94 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night at the Toyota Center, where the combination of the Rockets' switching scheme and the sheer force of will took the Warriors' identity crisis on the offensive end to yet another level.
At first unwilling to depart, he finally limped off after a chat with Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones during a timeout with 22.4 seconds to play.
"Was he hurt?" Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni joked after the game.
The team with home-court advantage has won four of the past five NBA Finals, with the 2016 Cavaliers becoming the first team in Finals history to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they defeated the 73-win Warriors.
"Ninety-four points for a team like that, the guys are trying to find a way and they did", D'Antoni said. "They'll do whatever they can do".
"It's huge. We got a lot of young guys but we got nothing to lose", said Rozier. "So we'll be all right".
Kevin Durant struggled with his stroke at 6 for 17 but still scored 23 points as the defending champions kept their repeat quest alive by thoroughly outplaying Houston in the second half.
Thompson went a combined 20 of 32 from 3-point range in those two Game 6s.
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James Harden is having a nightmare Game 5 with 13 points on 4-of-15 shooting (0-of-9 on 3-pointers).
The Rockets benefitted greatly from the Warriors' lackadaisical ball security in the first half, recording nine points off eight Golden State turnovers to tread water despite their horrid shooting. The Rockets' playoff opponent, the Golden Warriors, have a unique nickname for their lineup. They think they can win this year.
As much as Houston played to lose the game, Golden State pretty much choked it away.
Just as they did in Game 4, things went down to the wire, and the Warriors had the ball with a chance to win it or send things to overtime.
The Warriors led by as many as 12 points in the final quarter, so it's unsurprising that the Warriors were annoyed that they let one slip away.
The Golden State Warriors are in the midst of a realization that taking care of business in the Western Conference finals is a lot harder than what they - and most National Basketball Association fans - probably initially thought.
His step-back 3 has emerged as one of the league's most lethal weapons, giving Harden a go-to countermove when defenders play him to drive. I thought, without having seen it, Draymond rushed it a little bit. "So you've just got to keep playing with whoever's there and keep going". "When your back's against the wall, if your shot's not falling, you can always control your passion and how hard you play". Barring a Game 3 blowout, the two teams have mostly been evenly matched throughout the entire series.