Golden State Warriors Defeat Houston Rockets to Advance to the Second Round
Prior to this game, the big question was whether or not reigning MVP Stephen Curry would play for the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. Curry picked up an injury after spraining his right knee when he slipped on the floor while trying to defend Trevor Ariza. The injury occurred during the last play of the 1st half over the weekend.
The Golden State Warriors eased through the game without the reigning MVP, routing the Houston Rockets 114-81. The victory gave the Warriors a 4-1 series win in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Klay Thompson Comes In Clutch
The Rockets were no match for the Warriors at all in Game 5. The Warriors started early with an 8 point lead and ended the first quarter scoring 35 points. They led by 22 at halftime and never looked back as they went on to extend their post season run.
In the absence of Stephen Curry, who cheered for his team from the bench, teammate veteran Shaun Livingston stepped into Curry’s starting role to lead the charge and contribute 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting.
Klay Thompson contributed to the teams overall play, hitting 10 of his 14 shots and an impressive seven 3-pointers for the second straight game, ending the game with 27 points. Draymond Green was also able to add 15 points, with nine assists and eight rebounds as the Warriors comfortably eliminated the Houston Rockets from the postseason for the second consecutive season.
The Golden State Warriors advance to the Western Conference semifinals for the third consecutive time in four years.
The Warriors will be playing against the winner of the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers. Portland currently leads that series 3-2.