Warriors Eliminate Rockets With Blowout Victory

Golden State Wins Series 4-1
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The Warriors have advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs after eliminating the Rockets 114-81 in Game 5 on Wednesday night. Klay Thompson led Golden State with 27 points and seven three-pointers. Shaun Livingston started in place of the injured Stephen Curry and added 16 points, while Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double, accounting for 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. With the victory, Golden State advances to the Conference Semifinals, where they will await the winner of the ongoing Clippers/Trail Blazers series.

The natural expectation entering Wednesday’s game was that Golden State would have a more difficult time scoring without the league’s reigning MVP, but soon after tipoff, it became apparent that was not the case whatsoever. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green opened the game with consecutive three-pointers, after which Shaun Livingston got a dunk to put the Warriors out in front 8-0 99 seconds into the contest. The Rockets finally got on the board after James Harden sank a three-pointer of his own on the ensuing possession, and he was just getting started. After Dwight Howard converted two free throws to pull within 8-5, Harden would go on to score 15 more points in the quarter, doing his best to keep pace with Golden State. The only problem was, he wasn’t getting much help from his teammates, as the rest of the Rockets combined to shoot 0-of-15 from the floor in the first frame, while the Warriors’ team-oriented attack thrived, pacing Golden State to a 37-20 advantage at the end of one.

Harden began the second quarter on the bench, forcing the rest of the Rockets to pick up the scoring slack, and they responded in kind, doubling the Warriors up through the first four minutes of the frame. After Houston had closed to within 41-28, Brandon Rush and Shaun Livingston combined for a seven-point burst to build Golden State’s lead back to 20 halfway through the quarter. Harden then reentered the game and immediately got back to his scoring ways, accounting for Houston’s next seven points to trim the deficit to 50-35 with 3:08 remaining in the half. That would be as close as they would get for the duration of the game, however, as the Warriors closed the quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 59-37 lead into halftime.


An 8-2 burst to begin the second half would allow the Rockets to pull within 61-45 with 9:06 left in the third frame, but then the Warriors began to clamp down on the defensive end. They’d hold Houston to a single field goal over the next four minutes, over the course of which Golden State would rebuild their advantage to 78-47. The Rockets would eventually get back on track and score the next seven points, but Golden State responded to that burst with a 9-0 run of their own to take an 87-54 lead with 1:55 remaining in the quarter. Houston would actually outscore the Warriors 5-2 the rest of the way to climb within 89-59 heading into the fourth and final quarter, but the damage had been done.

The Rockets trailed by the same 30-point deficit six-and-a-half minutes into the fourth frame, and it would even grow from there. After Houston had pulled within 106-77, Brandon Rush followed his own made jumper with a three-pointer 33 seconds later to give Golden State their largest lead of the entire night at 111-77 with 1:57 remaining on the clock. After Houston scored the next four points, Ian Clark closed out the scoring in the game with a three-point play with 21.1 seconds left, putting the finishing touch on the Warriors’ 114-81 victory.

With the win, Golden State advances to the Conference Semifinals, where they will take on the eventual winner of the ongoing first round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. Tickets for the Warriors’ second round matchup will be available during exclusive presales this week and made available to the general public on April 29.


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Warriors Beat Rockets 114-81 in Game Five

The Warriors are headed to the Western Conference Semifinals after eliminating the Houston Rockets in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs with a 114-81 victory on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena to take the series 4-1.

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Warriors Beat Rockets 114-81 in Game Five

The Warriors are headed to the Western Conference Semifinals after eliminating the Houston Rockets in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs with a 114-81 victory on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena to take the series 4-1.
Apr 28, 2016  |  01:30

Early #SPLASH

Klay Thompson and Draymond Green get #WarriorsGround rocking early
Apr 27, 2016  |  00:18

Klay dish

Klay Thompson finds Shaun Livingston for an easy two.
Apr 27, 2016  |  00:10

Block, run, #SPLASH

Draymond Green's block leads to a fast break triple for Brandon Rush.
Apr 27, 2016  |  00:13

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