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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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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:47 +2 Andre Iguodala made floating jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 0-2
11:24 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 3-2
11:18   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Chris Paul  
10:50 +2 James Harden made driving layup 5-2
10:34   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
10:17   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:14   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
10:10   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by James Harden  
10:03   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
9:51 +2 Andre Iguodala made driving dunk, assist by Draymond Green 5-4
9:41   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
9:41 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 6-4
9:41 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-4
9:29   Andre Iguodala missed fade-away jump shot  
9:12   Eric Gordon missed layup  
9:10   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:07   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:03   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
8:58   Offensive foul on Clint Capela  
8:42 +2 Klay Thompson made finger-roll layup, assist by Draymond Green 7-6
8:26   Bad pass turnover on Chris Paul, stolen by Kevin Durant  
8:12   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:06   Offensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
8:03 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 10-8
7:42   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
7:34   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
7:32   Offensive foul on Eric Gordon  
7:12 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 10-10
6:48 +2 Chris Paul made layup 12-10
6:33 +2 Klay Thompson made fade-away jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 12-12
6:18   Shooting foul on Stephen Curry  
6:18 +1 Chris Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 13-12
6:18 +1 Chris Paul made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-12
5:58 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 14-14
5:51   Traveling violation turnover on Austin Rivers  
5:28   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:27   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
5:24   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Eric Gordon  
5:24   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by James Harden  
5:18   Lost ball turnover on James Harden, stolen by Klay Thompson  
5:13   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Durant  
5:04   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:00   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
4:50   Draymond Green missed layup, blocked by James Harden  
4:49   GS team rebound  
4:22   Clint Capela missed hook shot  
4:39 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 14-17
4:22   Clint Capela missed hook shot  
4:18   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
4:14 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 14-20
3:57   Iman Shumpert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:53   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
3:46   Draymond Green missed floating jump shot  
3:40   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
3:39   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:37   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
3:32 +2 Kevin Durant made driving dunk, assist by Draymond Green 14-22
3:13 +3 Iman Shumpert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Clint Capela 17-22
2:44   Clint Capela missed layup  
2:43   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:40 +2 Kevin Durant made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 17-26
2:26   Out of bounds turnover on P.J. Tucker  
2:03   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
1:59   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
2:00   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
2:00 +1 Kevon Looney made 1st of 2 free throws 17-27
2:00   Kevon Looney missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:58   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
1:44   Austin Rivers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:40   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
1:32   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Austin Rivers  
1:06   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
0:59   Personal foul on Chris Paul  
0:59 +1 Alfonzo McKinnie made 1st of 2 free throws 17-28
0:59   Alfonzo McKinnie missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:58   GS team rebound  
0:49 +3 Draymond Green made 3-pt. jump shot 17-31
0:31   Defensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
0:16   HOU team rebound  
0:16   Personal foul on Shaun Livingston  
0:00   HOU team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46   Chris Paul missed driving layup  
11:45   HOU team rebound  
11:37 +2 Nene made hook shot, assist by James Harden 19-31
11:21 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevon Looney 19-34
11:10 +2 Chris Paul made jump shot 21-34
10:47   Bad pass turnover on Kevon Looney, stolen by Eric Gordon  
10:38   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:35   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
10:28   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:23   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
10:15   Shooting foul on Andre Iguodala  
10:15 +1 Eric Gordon made 1st of 2 free throws 22-34
10:15 +1 Eric Gordon made 2nd of 2 free throws 23-34
10:03 +2 Shaun Livingston made jump shot 23-36
9:44 +2 Nene made layup, assist by James Harden 25-36
9:27 +2 Kevin Durant made driving layup 25-38
9:08   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
9:08 +1 Nene made 1st of 2 free throws 26-38
9:08 +1 Nene made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-38
8:53 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 27-40
8:29 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 30-40
8:09   Shaun Livingston missed layup  
8:07   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
8:03   Traveling violation turnover on Eric Gordon  
7:58   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
7:37 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 33-40
7:13   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
6:48   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
6:42   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
6:30   Turnover on Klay Thompson  
6:09 +2 Austin Rivers made driving layup, assist by Eric Gordon 35-40
6:02   Stephen Curry missed finger-roll layup  
6:00   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
5:55 +2 James Harden made layup 37-40
5:42 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot 37-43
5:26   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:23   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
5:18   Shooting foul on Gerald Green  
5:18 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 37-44
5:18 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-45
4:58   P.J. Tucker missed hook shot  
4:52 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 37-47
4:33   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:31   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
4:22 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 37-50
4:21   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:00   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
4:00 +2 Stephen Curry made reverse layup, assist by Kevin Durant 37-52
4:00   Shooting foul on Austin Rivers  
4:00   Stephen Curry missed free throw  
3:58   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
3:36   Austin Rivers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:36   HOU team rebound  
3:36   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
3:25 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 37-55
2:56   Shooting foul on Chris Paul  
2:56 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 3 free throws 37-56
2:56 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 3 free throws 37-57
2:54   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
2:53   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:37   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
2:19   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
2:14   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:12   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:09   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
2:05   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
2:05 +1 Eric Gordon made 1st of 2 free throws 38-57
2:05 +1 Eric Gordon made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-57
1:47   Offensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
1:46   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:42   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
1:30   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:26   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
1:18 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 41-57
1:00   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:57   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
0:48   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
0:46   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:42   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
0:29   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
0:09 +2 James Harden made driving layup 43-57
0:06   Personal foul on James Harden  
0:06   Offensive foul on Draymond Green  
0:06   Turnover on Draymond Green  
0:00   Eric Gordon missed driving layup  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 46-57
11:20   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
11:02   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:58   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
10:45   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
10:44   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:30   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Chris Paul  
10:23 +2 Chris Paul made layup 48-57
9:58 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 48-60
9:29   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
9:27   HOU team rebound  
9:14   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:08   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:02   Shooting foul on Kevin Durant  
9:02 +1 James Harden made 1st of 3 free throws 49-60
9:02 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 3 free throws 50-60
9:02   James Harden missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
9:00   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
8:48   Personal foul on James Harden  
8:39   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
8:35   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
8:33   Offensive foul on Chris Paul  
8:16 +2 Andre Iguodala made fade-away jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 50-62
7:57   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:58   Clint Capela missed dunk  
7:56   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:56   Clint Capela missed dunk  
7:45 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 53-62
7:32   Stephen Curry missed layup  
7:28   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
7:26   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:19   GS team rebound  
7:08   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by P.J. Tucker  
7:08   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by P.J. Tucker  
7:06 +2 P.J. Tucker made layup 55-62
6:43   GS team rebound  
6:34 +2 Stephen Curry made jump shot 55-64
6:08   Personal foul on Kevin Durant  
5:58   Clint Capela missed alley-oop shot  
5:56   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:48   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:45   HOU team rebound  
5:25   Chris Paul missed floating jump shot  
5:18   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
5:10   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:10   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
4:58 +2 P.J. Tucker made dunk, assist by James Harden 57-64
4:49 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup, assist by Kevin Durant 57-66
4:49   Violation  
4:33 +2 James Harden made floating jump shot 59-66
4:32   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
4:23   Out of bounds turnover on Clint Capela  
4:13   Stephen Curry missed layup  
4:07   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
3:56   Austin Rivers missed driving layup  
3:53   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:50   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:46   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
3:34   Lost ball turnover on Clint Capela, stolen by Klay Thompson  
3:31   Jumpball  
3:17   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by P.J. Tucker  
3:13   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
3:07 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 62-66
2:54   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by James Harden  
2:45   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:42   HOU team rebound  
2:32 +3 Iman Shumpert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Austin Rivers 65-66
2:11 +2 Kevin Durant made fade-away jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 65-68
2:05   Personal foul on Andre Iguodala  
1:48   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
1:48 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 66-68
1:48 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 67-68
1:25   Lost ball turnover on Alfonzo McKinnie, stolen by James Harden  
1:15 +2 James Harden made finger-roll layup 69-68
1:02 +2 Stephen Curry made floating jump shot 69-70
0:44   Andre Iguodala missed layup  
0:40 +2 Eric Gordon made layup, assist by James Harden 71-70
0:34 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup, assist by Andre Iguodala 71-72
0:14   Shooting foul on Andre Iguodala  
0:14 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 72-72
0:14   James Harden missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:12   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
0:08   Personal foul on Austin Rivers