The verbal jousts between the Warriors and Rockets go back to the preseason, with Green questioning Houston's commitment to defense. "We got a little exhausted and a little rattled and we didn't finish the game the way we wanted to".
While Houston will have home-court advantage after finishing the regular season on top of the Western Conference, the Warriors once again showed signs that they are peaking at the right time.
Back on January 20, on that memorable night when the Houston Rockets' rookie owner would celebrate a win over the vaunted Golden State Warriors, he stood inside a Toyota Center suite and discussed the dream scenario that now lies before his team.
That got us thinking, what have been the best conference finals we've seen in playoff history? Is anyone shocked? No.
Lawrence noted ticket prices for Warriors home games are the highest of any team in the conference finals this decade ($976), with the Rockets in second ($957).
The Houston series may have played out differently has Rubio been able to play. But now, you know, they got us.
The Rockets are advancing to the Western Conference Finals.
Durant became irate when Nikola Mirotic made a late, hard bump on a 3-point try with 5:23 left in the first - a play that was reviewed and Mirotic received just a common foul.
Kevin Durant knocked down nine of 13 shots after starting one for five from the field en route to 24 points in game five.
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Mitchell's huge third quarter left the Jazz up by 3 to begin the fourth. About a minute later, he found P.J. Now the next step for him is to follow thru on his superb first season. "Not fouling. Making them take two-pointers, which they don't like to do very much because they have so many great shooters".
Paul did his part Tuesday night as the Rockets closed out the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of the conference semifinals.
"It's been awhile since we started out a series on the road", Green said.
Given that a gambler could make way more money betting on the Rockets with how things now are with Westgate, the Rockets might be the conventionally safer bet from that perspective.
Jazz: Alec Burks scored 22 points off the bench.
On one side, you have three Warriors All-Stars who are now four years into this dominating run with Curry, Thompson and Green. When Harden struggled against San Antonio, there wasn't another guy who was talented enough to carry the Rockets to victory.
Along the way came two more meetings between these teams in January, with Golden State winning the first and Houston winning the second. It went five games. The Warriors have averaged 113.1 points per game in the regular season and playoffs combined, while the Rockets averaged 112.1.
Daryl Morey never bothered hiding it.