Warriors grab 3-2 series lead over Rockets


The last 14 minutes of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets were as wild as any National Basketball Association fan could ask for in a playoff series.

Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago.

During the third quarter of Game 5 on Wednesday night Kevin Durant left the game with what is being called a right calf strain and would not return.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr isn't letting the lingering Kevin Durant question hang around between games. It appeared possibly an Achilles injury, yet reported later a right calf strain and out for the remainder of the game.

James Harden was the game's leading scorer with 31 points for the Rockets, who were outshot by the Warriors from the field 46 percent to 42 percent.

Durant would apparently miss a potential Game 7 Sunday, too. Well, it means Durant will be missing any possible Game 7, if they stick to waiting until next week for the re-evaluation. For the Warriors, Thompson led the way with 27 points, Curry added 25 points, six rebounds and five assists and Durant scored 22 while grabbing five rebounds. We know we're going to have to be near ideal to go down to the Houston without Kevin and win a game. The two-time Finals MVP will undergo an MRI on Thursday, and it's not yet known whether he will make the trip to Houston.

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It marks the first time since 1983 that the Bucks have won a playoff series against the Celtics, who won the first game in this year's series before dropping four consecutive contests.

"He's not going to play Game 6 [in Houston]", Kerr told me late Wednesday. Kerr has also tightened his rotation by starting sixth man Andre Iguodala this entire series.

"Maybe he can bounce back soon, and we can win another game in this series and move forward and maybe get him back", Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke. "It was just...a few loose balls, few rebounds that we just didn't come up with which we have been".

We will see about a lot. The only issue Stephen Curry started slowly and managed to score only five points.

Without Durant, the Warriors rallied to win Game 5 in Oakland on Wednesday night.

When it comes to pulling a rabbit out of the hat, nothing will top the Warriors' Thompson-led comeback in Game 6 over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference finals.