Houston Rockets eliminate Utah Jazz from NBA Western Conference playoffs

Holiday contributed 27 points and 11 assists, but even with better shooting, New Orleans couldn't stay with deep, score-at-will Golden State.

The Jazz appeared poised to upset the Rockets and extend the series when they took a five point lead early in the fourth quarter, but Paul refused to let it happen. We've got eight more wins to get.

They closed out their series with a blitz of talent that featured a dazzling defensive performance and unparalleled offensive firepower. Rubio has missed the entire series with his injury, and Exum was injured in the third quarter of Game 5. They're going to need strong production from the 2015 Finals MVP, as well as the little things that make him great, if they are going to advance to their fourth consecutive NBA Finals.

The reigning National Basketball Association champion Warriors cruised to a 113-104 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in Oakland on Tuesday to also take their series 4-1. At the close of last year's Finals, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was famously quoted as saying he'd have to "up his risk profile" if his team was to compete with Golden State.

The Warriors are coming off a "down" season, by their standards. That was warranted at the start of the playoffs.

When Gentry was asked about the Warriors' "Hamptons Five" starting lineup of Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Thompson - all of the guys who were together working on Durant signing with Golden State in July 2016 - he had some fun. In the post-game conference Tuesday night, Rockets point guard Chris Paul talked about his long-time relationship with PJ Tucker.

Wardell the Warlock is back.

"We're going to need some contributions from our bench", Kerr said.

So in all likelihood, the victor of the Western Conference Finals will be the victor of the NBA Finals.

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The first two games of the series will be in Houston. "I'll continue to get better, continue to get my timing right, continue to get back to the normal rotation, the normal minutes I'm out there playing and hopefully won't look back". "I'm looking forward to it".

In the Western Conference Finals, the second-seeded Golden State Warriors will meet the top-seeded Houston Rockets. On one hand, Durant, observed that "you just start thinking about unnecessary stuff" when a coach monitors a players' minutes with unpredictable rotations. Kudos to the Warriors for being better.

They're in for a treat.

The Rockets begin their Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors on Monday night at the Toyota Center in Houston. He's the first player in playoff history to have at least 40 points and 10 assists without a turnover since turnovers became an official statistic in 1977-78, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

That's not to mention Andre Iguodala's impact.

Re-live the game with our blog below.

In both of the games Iguodala did not play, the Warriors lost.

Paul had been in the conference semifinals four other times before finally getting over the hump this season. Those were the two games that Iguodala did not play in.

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