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The Warriors listed Klay Thompson (left knee strain) and Andre Iguodala (left lateral leg contusion) as questionable to play against the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday.

The best-of-seven series returns to Houston tied two games apiece.

Game 6 is Saturday night in Oakland; a Game 7, if necessary, would be Monday night back in Houston.

The victor of the series will face either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals starting on May 31. But despite the big plays for the Rockets, the Warriors got right back into the game.

The Cavaliers' improved offensive effort ignited their energies defensively.

"Most definitely a missed opportunity to go up 3-1, and we were up 12 [in the fourth quarter]", forward Kevin Durant said.

There's no need to get ahead ourselves, though-not when the hyper-competitive conference finals have two series to sort out. Look, the Celtics from the top down, they are lunatics.

The series moved to Boston on Wednesday night (Game 5) and the Celtics outlasted the Cavaliers in a 96-83 victory to improve their home win record in these playoffs to 10-0.

Gordon tallied a team-high 24 points off the bench. LeBron, while being the main contributor to the scoring, lacked his usual energy and seemed out of sync.

Each team wound up with as many turnovers as assists.

With the Rockets clinging to a two-point lead, Gordon sealed the victory at the foul line and ended with 24 points for the game. It's a sight the Houston Rockets are exhausted of seeing. He's already destroyed the narrative about his inability to lead his team to the third round. The Warriors spend a lot of focus trying to exploit him, and if that fails, the shot clock gets low before they move into another action.

Last season's playoff results: Rockets eliminated by San Antonio Spurs 4-2 in second round; Warriors won NBA Finals. "They'll do whatever they can do", D'Antoni said. It's hard to stop them, but I just think we have the tools.

Boston needs another aggressive first quarter from Brown (he's done that most of the series).

Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer, Brandon Belt drove in two runs and the Giants stopped a three-game slide.

Paul, the league's Rookie of the Year in the 2005-06 season and a nine-time All-Star, is playing in the conference finals for the first time. On that night, James Harden led the way for Houston with 30 points.

They were joined Thursday on the first team by New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Golden State's Kevin Durant and Portland's Damian Lillard.

I see the Warriors taking game five and winning the series in six back at Oracle.

The 2018 NBA Finals has potential to be a breath of fresh air, with two non-superteams competing for the Larry O'Brien trophy in June.