HOUSTON -- If the Warriors are going to make a fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, they'll have to do it by recovering from back-to-back losses to win consecutive games against the Rockets.
A 98-94 loss in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday gives Houston a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Warriors played generally solid defense, but once again hurt their cause with turnovers. They committed 18, leading to 18 Houston points.
He didn't shoot great, didn't rebound much and had zero assists. Yet Durant was forcing the action on offense and finding buckets at times no other Warrior could.
Durant's line: 29 points (8-of-22 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, 10-of-10 from the line), four rebounds and one block. He played 39 minutes and was plus-5.
Side note: Durant is 37-of-37 from the line in the series.
This one was tight, with no lead greater than six after the first quarter. Not until the Warriors committed their 18th turnover, Green losing his dribble in the final seconds leading to a pair of free throws by Eric Gordon with 2.4 seconds remaining was this one decided.
Tied 45-45 at the half, the teams remained within three points throughout the third quarter.
Warriors: G Klay Thompson (L knee strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Andre Iguodala (L lateral leg contusion) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) was listed as out.
Rockets: No injuries listed.
Game 6 is scheduled for Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. Pacific. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30, with postgame coverage immediately after the final horn.
Warriors 119, Rockets 106
Rockets 127, Warriors 105
Warriors 126, Rockets 85
Rockets 95, Warriors 92
Rockets 98, Warriors 94
Oakland -- Saturday, May 26th at 6pm
Houston -- Monday, May 28th at 6pm