If the Utah Jazz are going to force their Western Conference semifinal series back to Salt Lake City for Game 6, they're going to have to do it without both Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum.
His last, and most important goal, is for the Rockets to defeat the reigning champion Golden State Warriors in a 7 game series.
Kerr hasn't sat out his starting center just to give new lineups a whirl, but he has in fact used the first two rounds of the postseason to get a small lineup battle-tested enough to contend against the Rockets' pace-and-space style of play.
Thompson hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the first to put Golden State up 17-10, the second right in front of his own bench as teammates erupted in celebration. Golden State beat New Orleans, 113-104.
Just to make his night a little better, Paul became the first player in National Basketball Association playoff history to score 40 and record ten assists without committing a turnover (according to Elias Sports).
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" JAMES HARDEN, Houston Rockets guard, on how his team-mate Chris Paul (above) can be a big threat to opponents". Hopefully their plan works better than the Toronto Raptors who just got swept by LeBron and the Cavaliers even though they spent the last three years preparing for that matchup.
Just when everyone thought the game was going to be over, the Pelicans made one final desperate push midway through the final period. For much of the second quarter the Rockets seemed off-kilter, although you wouldn't know it by the 33 points they racked up. "We got a little exhausted and a little rattled and we didn't finish the game the way we wanted to". The Utah Jazz season concludes and the Houston Rockets advance to the conference finals for the second time in four seasons.
"No matter what the score is, no matter the time, whatever it is, we play desperate", Holiday said. They will need more of those types of games from Tucker, Eric Gordon, Gerald Green and Trevor Ariza as they go deeper into the playoffs.
Game 1 is Monday in Houston. Mitchell appeared to bang knees with Harden on the play, and he had to leave the game for x-rays.
The Warriors had stretched their lead to 26 points at one stage of the third, and closed out the quarter leading by 20 at 95-75.
Still working his way back into game shape after a missing more than five weeks of action, Curry dropped in 13 of his team-high 28 points in the quarter. But in doing so, Paul would achieve a career first.
Paul's extraordinary tally included 10 assists, seven rebounds and no turnovers.