NBA Playoffs 2018: Warriors vs. Rockets Game 5 score, series schedule, TV channel, online stream, bracket

The Rockets have turned the Western Conference finals around. After going down 2-1, they are now up 3-2 after taking Game 5 on Thursday night. James Harden struggled mightily from the field, but Chris Paul and Eric Gordon picked up the Rockets, combining for 44 points to get the Rockets a 98-94 win. 

The series heads back to Houston Thursday as the top-seeded Rockets look to claim the lead over Stephen Curry and the defending NBA champions.

No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 2 Golden State Warriors

How to watch Game 6

  • Date: Saturday, May 26
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET 
  • Location: Oracle Arena -- Oakland, California
  • TV: TNT 
  • Live stream: TNTdrama.com or TNT app

Playoff series schedule

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Regular-season series: Houston, 2-1

Last season's playoff results: Rockets eliminated by San Antonio Spurs 4-2 in second round; Warriors won NBA Finals.

Injury Report: Warriors G Patrick McCaw has yet to play this postseason due to a spinal contusion. Chris Paul (soreness) is expected to play in Game 3.

Rockets' projected starting lineup: G Chris Paul; G James Harden; F Trevor Ariza; F P.J. Tucker; C Clint Capela

Warriors' projected starting lineup: G Stephen Curry; G Klay Thompson; F Andre Iguodala; F Kevin Durant; F Draymond Green

Rockets win if ...

They keep on shooting like the best shooting team in the NBA and Harden plays like the best player in the series. The thing about playing the Warriors is that you have to work incredibly hard to keep pace with their scoring. The Rockets are perhaps the only team in the NBA legitimately equipped to do that. With Paul, Harden and Ariza, they have three guys that can shoot, alongside Paul's facilitation of the offense. They'll also need to temper the indeterminable impact of Green for the Warriors, who has spent a lot of time facilitating for Golden State this postseason, and do what the Pelicans couldn't and find a solution for Durant.

Warriors win if ...

They're able to flip home court early in this series. With 15 consecutive wins at Oracle, the Warriors' crowd has a way of making runs cascade. The Pelicans learned that first-hand. Golden State also needs to keep on dominating the third quarter. This team is the best third-quarter team in the NBA, and that needs to continue. The final key is to keep Harden off the line. Every team gets frustrated with Harden's free-throw attempt numbers, so the onus will be on Green and, to a lesser extent, Durant to limit him. Thompson keeping Harden on the perimeter will be a huge part of this series.

SportsLine projections 

According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the Warriors have a 66.7 percent chance of winning the series. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here.

2018 NBA Playoff Bracket

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