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Durant goes down, Warriors hold off Rockets in Game 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have won plenty of games on the postseason stage without their biggest stars.

This time, Kevin Durant went down, and Klay Thompson and company found a way when the Warriors desperately needed it.

Thompson scored 27 points, including a key layup with 4.1 seconds left, and Golden State overcame Durant's calf injury to beat the Houston Rockets 104-99 on Wednesday night for a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

''Honestly it was a little deflating for a second,'' Stephen Curry said, ''and then we rallied.''

Durant was scheduled for an MRI exam Thursday after he strained his right calf late in the third quarter. His status for Friday's Game 6 had yet to be determined, but didn't seem promising.

''We'll have to claw our way to one more win,'' Curry said.

Durant limped to the locker room after landing awkwardly following a baseline jumper. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.

''They've been here so many times, have been through these battles for the last five years,'' Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. ''They've got a lot of guts. They just pulled together and got it done. There's no speech necessary. They knew what they had to do.''

James Harden scored 31 points for the Rockets, who will try to stave off elimination back home in Houston.

''It is a do-or-die but I feel good about it,'' coach Mike D'Antoni said.

But the Rockets wasted an opportunity in Game 5. After Durant departed, a couple more Golden State stars helped the Warriors close it out.

Draymond Green received his fourth technical of the postseason with 3:39 left, and then knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end. Thompson followed Green's 3 with one of his own to make it 97-89 with 2:33 remaining.

''Two very key sequences in that game, two key shots for us,'' Green said.

Curry struggled with his shot yet again and finished with 25 points on 9-for-23 shooting. He went 3 of 11 from long range.

Curry hit a 3 with 5:09 to play that made it 89-85. He didn't even score his first points of the night until a 3 4:22 before halftime.

Golden State nearly gave it away with an awful third quarter, when the Warriors managed just 15 points and committed six turnovers. The game was tied at 72 going into the final 12 minutes.

Harden's 3 with 3:07 left in the third trimmed Golden State's lead to 66-62, and then Iman Shumpert made it a one-point game with a 3.

Eric Gordon's layup with 40.6 seconds remaining gave the Rockets their first lead since the early minutes.

Green had eight points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in another spectacular effort on both ends. He supplied the energy for Golden State after two losses at Houston evened the series.

The Warriors led by as many as 20 but missed open looks and even layups, clanking shots off the front rim and allowing the tough-minded Rockets to stay close.

Then, they heeded Kerr's simple message: ''Poise and awareness and poise and patience applies to all of life and not just offense,'' the coach said beforehand.

The Warriors pulled it off without Durant, whose 35.4 playoff scoring average was best in the NBA coming into the game.

''That looked like it was way worse than a calf strain,'' Green said. ''I think we did a great job of fighting through that.''

Harden shot 10 for 16 and dished out eight assists. The reigning MVP injured his eyes during the first quarter of Game 2 last Tuesday on a hit by Green as they fought for a rebound. Harden's left eye was still red leading into Game 5.

The Warriors' win guarantees their loyal fans in the East Bay at least one more home game at Oracle Arena before the team moves to new Chase Center in San Francisco for next season.

''Tough loss. We had opportunities,'' Houston's Chris Paul said. ''Rebounding, we actually was right there in the rebounds. We've got to be better, offensively, defensively, especially myself, turnovers. We didn't get stops when we needed to.''

CRASHING THE BOARDS

The Warriors led the rebounding battle 27-18 after the first half, grabbing eight on the offensive glass, and finished with a 42-39 advantage.

Houston's PJ Tucker, who had 22 rebounds the previous two games, grabbed 10 more to go with 13 points.

The Rockets outrebounded the Warriors 55-35 in their Game 3 win, and then 50-43 on Monday in Game 4 - getting 20 from Clint Capela in the two victories. Capela had 14 on Wednesday.

Golden State held an edge on the boards in both Games 1 and 2.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Eric Gordon started 0 for 8 before hitting a 3 with 7:45 left in the third. ... F Danuel House sat out again after missing the previous two games with an inflamed right big toe.

Warriors: Green's eight assists in the first were one off team record for a playoff quarter. Tim Hardaway once had nine in 1991. ... Reserve G Shaun Livingston played after he had been questionable with a sore left hip. ... Injured C DeMarcus Cousins, who could return at some point this postseason from a torn left quadriceps muscle, did some rehab agility work on the court.

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Key Players
J. Harden
13 SG
K. Durant
35 SF
39.7 Min. Per Game 39.7
35.4 Pts. Per Game 35.4
5.0 Ast. Per Game 5.0
5.2 Reb. Per Game 5.2
41.0 Field Goal % 51.3
39.2 Three Point % 51.1
87.2 Free Throw % 90.1
  Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
+ 2 James Harden made layup 0:18
+ 1 Andre Iguodala made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:27
  Andre Iguodala missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:27
  Personal foul on Eric Gordon 0:27
+ 1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:52
+ 1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 0:52
  Shooting foul on Chris Paul 0:52
  Offensive rebound by Stephen Curry 0:52
  Stephen Curry missed floating jump shot 0:53
+ 1 Eric Gordon made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:14
Team Stats
Points 99 104
Field Goals 33-79 (41.8%) 39-85 (45.9%)
3-Pointers 12-41 (29.3%) 13-37 (35.1%)
Free Throws 21-24 (87.5%) 13-18 (72.2%)
Total Rebounds 50 50
Offensive 8 12
Defensive 31 30
Team 11 8
Assists 19 28
Steals 10 6
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 15 15
Fouls 20 19
Technicals 0 1
31 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
8 PTS, 12 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo 4 Rockets 2-3 1726292799
home team logo 1 Warriors 3-2 31261532104
Team Stats
away team logo Rockets 2-3 108.5 PPG 42.9 RPG 18.3 APG
home team logo Warriors 3-2 114.1 PPG 43.3 RPG 28.4 APG
Key Players
J. Harden SG 31.6 PPG 6.8 RPG 6.6 APG 41.3 FG%
K. Thompson SG 20.7 PPG 4.1 RPG 2.1 APG 45.6 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harden SG 31 PTS 4 REB 8 AST
K. Thompson SG 27 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
41.8 FG% 45.9
29.3 3PT FG% 35.1
87.5 FT% 72.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 31 4 8 10/16 3/9 8/10 4 44 4 1 2 0 4 0 54
E. Gordon 19 2 1 5/14 3/10 6/6 2 38 1 1 3 1 1 +5 22
P. Tucker 13 10 1 5/9 3/5 0/0 2 45 2 1 3 1 9 -1 25
C. Paul 11 6 6 3/14 0/6 5/6 5 38 2 0 3 1 5 0 28
C. Capela 6 14 1 3/10 0/0 0/0 2 25 0 0 3 5 9 +8 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 31 4 8 10/16 3/9 8/10 4 44 4 1 2 0 4 0 54
E. Gordon 19 2 1 5/14 3/10 6/6 2 38 1 1 3 1 1 +5 22
P. Tucker 13 10 1 5/9 3/5 0/0 2 45 2 1 3 1 9 -1 25
C. Paul 11 6 6 3/14 0/6 5/6 5 38 2 0 3 1 5 0 28
C. Capela 6 14 1 3/10 0/0 0/0 2 25 0 0 3 5 9 +8 19
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
I. Shumpert 11 2 0 4/7 3/6 0/0 0 16 0 0 0 0 2 -14 13
Nene 6 0 0 2/2 0/0 2/2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 +4 6
A. Rivers 2 1 2 1/6 0/4 0/0 4 24 1 0 1 0 1 -20 7
G. Green 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 -7 0
K. Faried - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hartenstein - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Duval - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Chiozza - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 99 39 19 33/79 12/41 21/24 20 236 10 3 15 8 31 -25 174
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Thompson 27 4 1 11/20 5/10 0/0 1 44 3 0 1 0 4 +4 35
S. Curry 25 6 5 9/23 3/11 4/5 2 43 0 0 3 2 4 +9 38
K. Durant 22 5 4 8/18 2/7 4/5 2 32 1 0 5 0 5 -1 31
A. Iguodala 11 4 5 5/9 0/2 1/2 3 33 0 0 0 2 2 -2 25
D. Green 8 12 11 3/8 2/4 0/0 6 39 1 0 4 2 10 +12 39
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Thompson 27 4 1 11/20 5/10 0/0 1 44 3 0 1 0 4 +4 35
S. Curry 25 6 5 9/23 3/11 4/5 2 43 0 0 3 2 4 +9 38
K. Durant 22 5 4 8/18 2/7 4/5 2 32 1 0 5 0 5 -1 31
A. Iguodala 11 4 5 5/9 0/2 1/2 3 33 0 0 0 2 2 -2 25
D. Green 8 12 11 3/8 2/4 0/0 6 39 1 0 4 2 10 +12 39
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Looney 5 9 2 1/2 0/0 3/4 3 22 1 1 1 5 4 +5 19
J. Jerebko 3 1 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 +1 4
S. Livingston 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 13 0 0 0 0 0 -1 2
A. McKinnie 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 5 0 0 1 0 1 -2 1
Q. Cook 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Derrickson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bogut - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 104 42 28 39/85 13/37 13/18 19 237 6 1 15 12 30 +25 194