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The Rockets lead the Warriors 3-2 after winning Game 5

May 24, 2018 - 11:59 pm

Joe DiBiase reporting

The last time we saw an NBA Finals that didn't feature the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James was playing with the Miami Heat, Cody Hodgson led the Buffalo Sabres in points, and Thad Lewis was starting games for the Buffalo Bills.

It's been a long time, but both the Cavaliers and Warriors are one loss from being eliminated in the conference finals. ESPN Stats and Info says the chances of a Warriors-Cavaliers finals for the fourth straight year is now just three-percent.

It was another nail biter in Game 5, but the Houston Rockets came out on top with a 98-94 win over the Warriors at the Toyota Center in Houston.

It's the first time the Warriors have lost consecutive games in the playoffs since the 2016 NBA Finals against the Cavaliers. 

Golden State got absolutely nothing from their bench in the game. Outside of their big four of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, they got just eight points from the rest of their team. Whereas the Rockets got 59 points from players not named James Harden or Chris Paul. 

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called out his team for allowing James Harden and Eric Gordon to get to the free throw line a combined 19 times, but Kerr isn't worried about where they are in the series. 

"I feel great about where we are right now," Kerr said. "I may sound crazy, but I am. I feel it... If we settle down a little bit we'll be in really good shape."

Game 6 in Oakland is Saturday night at 9 p.m. Golden State's Andre Iguodala, who missed the last two games, is questionable with a knee injury. However, the Warrriors are still favored by 10.5 points. 

You can listen to the game on our sister station ESPN 1520.

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