Warriors vs. Rockets: Score, updates, highlights from Game 5 of West finals


After earning a gritty comeback win at Oracle Arena to regain home-court advantage, the Rockets look to take control of their Western Conference finals back in Houston.

Despite dealing with a sore foot, Chris Paul is primed to help propel this Rockets team to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995. A Game 5 win on Thursday night would be a monumental step in the right direction. 

The Warriors, who were outscored 25-12 in the fourth quarter of Game 4, suffered due to a number of injuries of their own. Former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala missed Game 4 with a leg contusion, and All-Star guard Klay Thompson left the game momentarily due to a knee strain. Thompson will play in Game 5, but Iguodala is out once again, a big loss for a Golden State team lacking depth.

While the Warriors still have a healthy trio of All-Stars in Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, locking up a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals will be difficult without Thompson and Iguodala at full health. It all starts with a road win inside a rowdy Toyota Center.

Follow along below for live updates from Game 5 of Warriors vs. Rockets…

Warriors vs. Rockets: Score, highlights, updates

Game 5 box score

11:09 p.m. ET — Important note for the final stretch: The Rockets will be in the bonus, so look for James Harden to keep driving to the rim and creating contact. 

Rockets 86, Warriors 82 with six minutes to go.

10:58 p.m. ET — Chris Paul is here for the moment. A double-pump 3-pointer?!

End of third quarter: Warriors 72, Rockets 71

10:51 p.m. ET — These guys are leaving it all on the floor. It’s not pretty, but it’s extremely competitive. James Harden is having a nightmare Game 5 with 13 points on 4-of-15 shooting (0-of-9 on 3-pointers). He is going to have to make some shots if the Rockets hope to advance. Kevin Durant has a game-high 27 points, and he could ultimately be the difference. He is capable of getting a decent look at any time.

10:43 p.m. ET — What a fancy finish by Stephen Curry. Smart to take what the defense is giving him and drive into the paint.

10:31 p.m. ET — OH MY. CHRIS PAUL JUST DID A STEPH SHIMMY RIGHT IN FRONT OF STEPHEN CURRY.

10:23 p.m. ET — Klay Thompson gives the Warriors the lead to start the second half. This is the kind of aggression he was lacking in the first two quarters.

Halftime: Rockets 45, Warriors 45

10:06 p.m. ET — That was an intense, ugly half of basketball. The Rockets (35.6 percent shooting) and Warriors (eight turnovers, nine assists) both struggled to score and often forced shots on poor possessions. Houston simply couldn’t capitalize on open opportunities, going just 6-of-24 from beyond the arc. James Harden and Chris Paul combined to go 0-of-10 on 3-pointers.

The Warriors haven’t fared much better offensively, but Kevin Durant is keeping them alive. He’s got 18 points in 18 minutes, and he’s been the one consistent threat for Golden State.

9:51 p.m. ET — Draymond Green has been on the wrong end of a lot of highlights in this series.

9:44 p.m. ET — This Stephen Curry shot… just shake your head and move on. Nothing Chris Paul can do.

9:37 p.m. ET — You can’t reach on James Harden. This is what happens.

End of first quarter: Rockets 23, Warriors 17

9:29 p.m. ET — Going back to the fourth quarter of Game 4, the Warriors have scored 29 points in the last 24 minutes of play. That’s… not ideal. And yet, Golden State is only down by six with both teams shooting under 40 percent from the field. Could be close for all four quarters here.

9:14 p.m. ET — Despite plenty of open looks, the Rockets are only ahead by two points at the first timeout break. Houston is 0-of-6 from 3-point range, but Clint Capela is feasting inside with eight points. 

9:08 p.m. ET — The Rockets are playing with serious energy right now. A quick 6-0 run to kick off this one. James Harden is attacking the basket on all switches.

8:58 p.m. ET — A beautiful moment before Game 5. The Rockets recognize the lives lost in the Santa Fe High School shooting as well as the strength of the first responders, police officers and Santa Fe seniors.

8:52 p.m. ET — It’s been another high-scoring series for Kevin Durant, but his efficiency dropped in Game 4 (9-of-24 from the field). If he finds his groove in Houston, the Warriors could be tough to take down. He’s the ultimate matchup problem.

8:39 p.m. ET — Chris Paul finished with 27 points and four assists in Game 4. The Rockets will need another star effort from CP3 if they want to push the Warriors to the brink of elimination.

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