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National Basketball Association
Golden State at Houston
When: 12:00 PM ET, Friday, May 10, 2019
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

The Golden State Warriors own the lead in the Western Conference semifinals over the Houston Rockets, but they are about to take the court as the biggest underdog they have been during their championship run. The Warriors will try to overcome the odds and take the series without superstar Kevin Durant when they visit the Houston Rockets for Game 6 on Friday.

Durant left Game 5 in the third quarter on Wednesday and was diagnosed on Thursday with a mild calf strain following an MRI, and he will not make the trip to Houston. "Next man up," Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson told reporters. "If we need to have him take off a game, we will, 'cause we need him healthy; we plan on playing for a long time. So, we desperately need him if we wanna win a championship, but we can win one game without him. I have confidence in this group." The Rockets failed to take advantage of Durant being out of the lineup down the stretch on Wednesday and suffered a 104-99 setback, leaving them one loss away from another disappointing playoff exit. "Obviously, now we got two more games, got to win them both," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters after the loss. "We are home. It's just a must win. We know that. It was a must win tonight. Must win tomorrow. Always a must win. We'll be ready. Now is the time to gather our energy and see what happens on Friday. But we're home. Try to get a win and come back up here and get one."

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Thompson enjoyed his best game of the series with 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting in Game 5 while backcourt mate Stephen Curry came alive down the stretch and finished with 25 points in the win. "Whoever has the ball, no matter if it's off a pick-and-roll, we swing, make the defense work, make decisions on that end of the floor," Curry told reporters. "We still have a lot of weapons and can create good offense through that type of attack. ... Just subtle changes that happen when you don't have those play calls that gets (Durant) in the right spot to take advantage of his talent. We'll tap into that for however long he's out." Durant will be evaluated again next week and is also expected to miss a potential Game 7 on Sunday.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS: Houston superstar James Harden finished with 31 points on 10-of-16 shooting on Wednesday but attempted only one field goal over the final eight minutes. "I mean, I don't know," Harden told reporters when asked why he wasn't more involved down the stretch. "I have to go back and look at the game. Whether it's other guys were getting shots, open looks, trying to make the right plays at certain points in the game, I'm not sure." Harden didn't get much help in the loss from star point guard Chris Paul, who managed 11 points on 3-of-14 shooting, including 0-of-6 from beyond the arc.


1. Rockets PF PJ Tucker collected 13 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday - his third double-double of the series.

2. Warriors PF Draymond Green came within two points of recording his second triple-double of the series in Game 5.

3. Houston is 5-0 at home in the postseason.

PREDICTION: Rockets 106, Warriors 103
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Golden State 63-27 W3 33-13 30-14 13-4 50-23 17-5 41-19
Houston 57-32 L2 34-10 23-22 4-2 53-30 10-6 36-23
Last Meeting
Golden State Houston
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/30/19 HOU 109 GS 115 115 45 46.2 109 41 46.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Golden State K. Durant 29 40.9 8
Houston J. Harden 29 47.4 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Golden State D. Green 12 5 7
Houston C. Capela 10 4 6
Assists Player  
Golden State D. Green 7
Houston C. Paul 6
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Golden State K. Durant 2373 52.3 533
Houston J. Harden 3102 43.6 830
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Golden State K. Durant 566 38 528
Houston C. Capela 942 329 613
Assists Player  
Golden State D. Green 530
Houston J. Harden 667
Quickchart Matchup
Golden State Golden State Off vs  Houston Houston Defense
Golden State Off vs Houston - Points For 118.0 Points For
Golden State Off vs Houston - Points Against 108.5 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 49.1 FG%
Houston - FG% 46.3 FG%
Golden State - Reb 46.1 Reb
Houston - Reb 45.4 Reb
Houston Houston Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
Houston Off vs Golden State - Points For 113.3 Points For
Houston Off vs Golden State - Points Against 111.3 Points Against
Houston - FG% 44.8 FG%
Golden State - FG% 44.4 FG%
Houston - Reb 42.0 Reb
Golden State - Reb 43.8 Reb