Warriors struggle against Rockets, lose 98-94 in nail-biting Game 5

Warriors struggle against Rockets, lose 98-94 in nail-biting Game 5

"We'll see [if he can play Game 6]".

The Rockets were forced to play out the final seconds sans their superstar, but they held on to win the game and move one step closer to the franchise's first NBA Finals appearance since their 1994-95 championship season.

UPDATED 5/25, 12:40 p.m. ET: The Houston Rockets have confirmed that Chris Paul is out for Game 6 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors with a right hamstring strain. But we can't count on it. Injuries happen and we've just got to play with whoever is out there.

In the event that CP3 is unable to suit up for Game 6 on Saturday night at Oracle Arena, head coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters that Eric Gordon, who had a team-high 24 points off the bench, will transition to the role of playmaker.

Well, Paul had enough of Curry's notorious gesture in Game 5. Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and eventually Kevin Durant have appeared to have some ups and downs, but for the most part, the group has always managed to stay the course en route to two titles in three years.

After losing Game One of the series, the Rockets made the best of home-court advantage this time, thrilling a sellout crowd that included Justin Timberlake, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt and rapper Travis Scott.

Golden State would go on to lose the game in heartbreaking fashion, 98-94.

With the Rockets clinging to a two-point lead, Gordon sealed the victory at the foul line.

The Rockets benefitted greatly from the Warriors' lackadaisical ball security in the first half, recording nine points off eight Golden State turnovers to tread water despite their horrid shooting. They found themselves down 2-1 before winning three straight to meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals.

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