Warriors and Rockets both advance to NBA finals

Warriors and Rockets both advance to NBA finals

Javier Howell
May 10, 2018

Updates with Warriors win.

Chris Paul's performance in Game 5 against the Utah Jazz last night not only helped the Houston Rockets book their spot in the Western Conference Finals, but it also placed him alongside Michael Jordan as the only two players in National Basketball Association history to achieve a specific stat line in a certain situation.

Harden and the Rockets lost to the Warriors in five games in the 2015 conference finals. They got us we got them.

His Rockets teammates saw it a little differently.

It's fun to follow the NBA regular season and watch the best basketball players in the world do incredible things, and the first two rounds of the playoffs have certainly had some thrilling moments.

After Tuesday's Game 5 victory over the Pelicans, Draymond was asked if he had anything to say to Capela. "(To have) an opportunity for him that he's never had before. He said, 'you get out the way.' He had that look in his eyes.

"Our defence was so bad in IN and in Utah, there was absolutely a part of me that thought, 'I don't know if we can get our defence together, I know we'll get our offence together,"' Kerr said. The Warriors didn't stop there, however, as after Jrue Holiday halted the run with a layup, Golden State answered right back with an extended 19-4 run of their own to take their largest lead of the entire game at 88-62 with 4:38 left in the quarter.

Paul did just that on Tuesday by sending the Rockets to the Western Conference Finals with a 41-point, 7-rebound, 10-assist performance.

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All season, we've been waiting on Warriors-Rockets, and we're finally getting it - no excuses, no caveats.

Paul said he was just trying to pick up the slack with Harden not feeling like himself. "It's not about the points or anything like that". The Golden State Warriors will presumably be their opponent in the next round once they close out the New Orleans Pelicans, and that's the matchup we've been waiting all season to see.

Paul, 33, had made four previous trips to the second round of the postseason, once with the New Orleans Hornets and three times with the LA Clippers.

Donovan Mitchell tallied 24 points and led a third-quarter rally for Utah before Houston pulled away in the fourth.

There's a reason it has been billed as the de facto NBA Finals since these teams met for a third time in January. However, beating the Warriors or Rockets in a seven-game series would likely take his best performance yet, along with his supporting cast playing to the best of their abilities.

"CP3! CP3! CP3!" the Toyota Center crowd chanted late in the fourth quarter after a Paul scoring flurry put the game out of reach for the Rockets. Harden wilted in last year's playoffs after having to carry the Rockets offense.

Disappointingly for the Jazz, Mitchell's night was cut short thanks to a left knee injury. Paul then drove the dagger into the bone with 35 seconds left, passing out of a double team to find a wide-open PJ Tucker in the corner for a three that gave the Rockets a 10-point lead. He had to be helped to the bench and was quickly taken to the locker room with the help of two people. He began 6 for 9 and had 14 points by the 4:10 mark of the first. Rudy Gobert finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. O'Neale had 17 points. For the Pelicans, the loss ends what will go down as one of the most successful seasons in franchise history. "For the most part, as long as my mind is telling me I can keep going, I can do what I want to do on the floor. We'll have to bring our A-plus game and I think our guys are ready". "Especially at this age".