Rockets escape late anew, go up 3-2 on Warriors

ABS-CBN Sports on May 25, 2018 01:04 PM
Rockets escape late anew, go up 3-2 on Warriors
Houston Rockets guard James Harden, top, battles Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green for a loose ball during the first half in Game 5 of the NBA basketball playoffsWestern Conference finals in Houston, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 24 points and his steal on Golden State's last possession secured a 98-94 victory Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) that gave the Houston Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The Rockets head into Game 6 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) in Oakland, California one win away from knocking off the defending champions and advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 1994-95.

Chris Paul scored 20 points and James Harden struggled for his 19, but Paul had to leave the game in the final minute with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points for the Warriors, who lost in Game 5 of a playoff series for just the second time since 2015.

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