Chris Paul gave Stephen Curry a taste of his own medicine with a shimmy in Steph face after hitting a big three during Thursday's Game 5 between the Rockets and Warriors. Houston, which holds a 3-2 lead in the series, will have to try to put away the defending champions without one of its best players. "He'll be evaluated tomorrow, but obviously you saw him limp off, and he's a tough guy", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. It looks like that's changed now - against a team with four All-Stars in its starting lineup.
Harden scoffed at a reporter who questioned him about his struggles from long range in the last two games, where he's gone a combined 3 for 22.
Paul injured his hamstring late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 Thursday night when he landed after a missed jump shot.
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The Warriors and Rockets were first and second in the National Basketball Association in points per game during the regular season, averaging 113.5 and 112.4, respectively. Paul, who appeared to tweak his hamstring in the final minutes, finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
"Because I think the way we've played the last two games, we've played good enough to win and just haven't gotten the job done", he said. "Defense is high right now".
Curry missed a floater and Trevor Ariza grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 10 seconds left. "I know what I'm seeing out there". The Rockets have shown that energy and effort on the defensive end are a better formula for getting it done.
Golden State closed the second quarter with an 8-0 spurt and pulled even at the break after Durant kept them afloat with 18 first-half points. "We just have to continue what we're doing".