The Houston Rockets did everything they could to keep Wednesday night’s Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors close. They just couldn’t quite keep it close enough, never being allowed to get within striking distance as the game ultimately came to a crescendo.
The Warriors had earlier lost Kevin Durant, due to what looked like it could be possibly be an Achilles injury, late in the third quarter, yet they still waged on. He had 22 before departing, while Klay Thompson stepped up big time with 27 points to lead them to a 3-2 series lead. James Harden had 31 for the Rockets in the 104-99 loss as the series now shifts back to Houston with the Warriors getting two chances to eliminate their rivals.