Oakland, California, USA: Four of five Golden State Warriors starters scored in double digits at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Tuesday, as they beat the New Orleans Pelicans 113-104 in Game 5 to win their second-round playoff series 4-1.
Stephen Curry had 28 points, Kevin Durant scored 24. Klay Thompson added 23 points for the Warriors, who with a 15th straight home playoff win tied Chicago for an NBA record. The Bulls did so from April 27, 1990, to May 21, 1991.
Davis had 34 points and 19 rebounds for a Pelicans team that overcame the loss of DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending torn Achilles tendon three months ago to make this strong run. The Pelicans shaved the lead to seven points with two minutes left on a basket by Davis before Draymond Green’s turnaround fadeaway moments later.
Golden State shot 4 of 14 from deep in the first half.
The Warriors are 9-1 in Game 5s since 2015. They also clinched their first-round series with San Antonio at home in Game 5.
Durant received the Al Attles Community Impact Award in a pregame ceremony. The Warriors Community Foundation will donate $15,000 to the charity Durant chose, Oakland Elizabeth House, which provides residences to women and children who have been homeless or faced violence or addiction.
Golden State now faces the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals, starting next Monday. It’s the two teams’ first meeting in the conference finals since 2015, when Golden State prevailed 4-1. It’s also the first time Chris Paul has been beyond the second round of the playoffs in his 13-year career.
The Rockets won the season series this year, 2-1. Houston and Golden State combined for 123 regular season wins. Houston won 65 games, finished with the best record in the NBA and beat out Golden State by seven games for the top seed in the West.
For both teams, the road to the West finals has been similar. Houston beat Minnesota and Utah, both in five games, and the Warriors had five-gamers against San Antonio and New Orleans. Heading into their closeout games, the teams had been humming on both sides of the ball — Houston was No. 1 in the playoffs in offensive rating (110.3), and the Warriors were fourth (109.1). The Warriors were tops in defensive rating (99.4), and the Rockets were second (101.1).
That’s no surprise. These have been the two best teams in the league all season. This is the main event the world of basketball has been waiting for. Buckle up.
|Game 1||Mon. May 14||9 p.m.||Houston|
|Game 2||Weds. May 16||9 p.m.||Houston|
|Game 3||Sun. May 20||8 p.m.||Golden State|
|Game 4||Tue. May 22||9 p.m.||Golden State|
|* Game 5||Thu. May 24||9 p.m.||Houston|
|* Game 6||Sat. May 26||9 p.m.||Golden State|
|* Game 7||Mon. May 28||9 p.m.||Houston|
* if necessary