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Rockets push Warriors to brink of elimination

Star guard Chris Paul departed Houston’s Western Conference finals game five win over Golden State in the final minute and his status for game six was unclear.

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THE HOUSTON ROCKETS forced the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination with a win in game five on Thursday.

Chris Paul, James Harden and the Rockets took down the Warriors 98-94 to go 3-2 up in the Western Conference finals.

It was not a pretty game as Golden State turned the ball over 17 times and Harden went 0 for 11 from three-point range, but it was enough for Houston to put the pressure on the Warriors.

“We’ve got to rely on our defense once again,” Harden told TNT after the game. “Game four we weren’t making shots but defensively we were really good, same thing tonight.”

The Rockets held the Warriors to 45.1 per cent shooting from the floor on Thursday and have now held Golden State under 46 per cent in all three wins in the series.

Golden State have not shot that poorly since game three of the semi-finals against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Houston now have a chance to close out the series at Oracle Arena on Saturday though they may have to do it without talisman Chris Paul who’s picked up a hamstring iujury.

CELTICS AT CAVALIERS

LeBron James could be playing his last game ever as a Cavalier on Friday, with the Celtics holding a 3-2 series lead.

Source: MLG Highlights/YouTube

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