Warriors take the lead in the West despite Durant’s injury

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Golden State Warriors 104 – 99 Houston Rockets

Warriors lead series 3-2

The Golden State Warriors survived a Kevin Durant calf injury and are just one win away from their fifth consecutive Western Conference Finals appearance following their victory in Game 5.

The Warriors have won all three games at the Oracle Arena in the series, allowing it to take a 3-2 lead even though they dropped both road contests.

The result took a backseat when Durant limped off the court following a non-contact injury in the third quarter. He didn’t return with what the Warriors announced was a right calf strain, putting Klay Thompson (27 points, four rebounds and three steals), Stephen Curry (25 points, six rebounds, and five assists) and Draymond Green (8 points, twelve rebounds, and eleven assists) in position to carry the team to victory.

Durant is the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP and is playing arguably the best basketball of his career in full-on takeover mode. He had 50 points in the closeout game against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round, averaged 36 in the first four games against Houston and had 22 before exiting Wednesday’s contest.

James Harden stuffed the stat sheet for the Rockets with 31 points, eight assists, four steals and four rebounds, but he didn’t make enough plays in crunch time after Durant exited to take advantage of the situation.

Houston was also seemingly robbed of a chance to tie the game with less than 10 seconds remaining when the officials missed Thompson standing out of bounds with Golden State nursing a three-point lead. It was a notable error, especially in a series that has featured officiating as a major storyline.

The series will now return back to Houston for Game 6.

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