Kevin Durant OUT Remainder of Warriors-Rockets Series

Durant goes down Warriors hold off Rockets in Game 5

And they know it.

A 3-pointer by Eric Gordon had the Rockets down just 89-88 with 4:49 to play, and a free throw by James Harden kept Houston within 91-89 with 3:39 to go. "This one hurts", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said.

But the Rockets wasted an opportunity in Game 5. We're in a great spot, we're up 3-2.

Curry hit a 3 with 5:09 to play that made it 89-85.

Golden State almost gave it away with an bad third quarter, when the Warriors managed just 15 points and committed six turnovers.

Where are Durant's minutes going to go? But when he went out, got the ball in your hands, initiate the offense, shots went in.

With this precious chance in their palms, the Rockets just couldn't execute. If Durant misses the rest of the series, the door is wide open. "We have championship rings", Kerr said.

With Durant out for Game 6 on Friday against the Rockets, the two-time defending champions are now consensus 7.5-point underdogs in Houston. It was noncontact and he'd looked back as if someone had kicked him, the classic reaction to an Achilles or calf injury. Harden took a single shot in those final minutes. San Antonio won in six, the closeout game a 114-75 rout of the Rockets at Toyota Center - with Harden fouling out after a 2-of-11 shooting performance. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated next week, meaning if there is a decisive Game 7 in the series Sunday he would be out of that one as well.

"Tough loss. We had opportunities", Houston's Chris Paul said. "We got to rebound". We've got to be better, offensively, defensively, especially myself, turnovers. We can't get it back.

Green, who grabbed 12 rebounds and dished 11 assists in Game 5, will be tasked with holding down the glass, protecting Golden State's backside defence and orchestrating offensive possessions. Capela had 14 on Wednesday.

The only thing I can think of is this was the moment Harden's usage-heavy season - he led the league with a 40.5 usage percentage, over seven percent higher than the No. 2 player, Joel Embiid - might have physically caught up.

Rockets Injuries: Danuel House Jr.: day to day (toe).

The Warriors lacked depth even before the playoffs began. Tim Hardaway once had nine in 1991.

The Warriors are 26-1 in their last 27 games when Curry plays but Durant does not.



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