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Warriors & Rockets Advance To Mouthwatering Conference Finals Matchup

Warriors & Rockets Advance To Mouthwatering Conference Finals Matchup

Advancing to the Western Conference Finals was nearly just a dream for Chris Paul when he was still playing for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Whenever it started, however it started, it's clear that this is the series that the NBA-watching world wanted.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) tries to get past New Orleans Pelicans' Rajon Rondo (9) in the first period of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. 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. We've got eight more wins to get. "What'd he say? Yeah, you've got to play the game now", Green said with a laugh. Instead it was the wily veteran, who gave us glimpses of the Paul we fell in love with early in his career in New Orleans.

After more than 10 months of playing, posturing and some pontificating, it really is that simple. So far, so good.

The best part for the Warriors - he has five days to rest or work before the start of the Western Conference Finals. Everybody talks about fighting for a championship. Instead, they rose to the challenge, made the playoffs and did some damage when they got there.

The win ended the Warriors' 14-game road winning streak and ensured that the Rockets would close out the season series 2-1.

When asked if he is going to celebrate this moment, he said no. "It's a series where you've got a lot of shooting out there for Houston, a lot of one-on-one play. I'm looking forward to it".

Those NBA Finals victories over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were sandwiched around a seven-game loss to the Cavs in 2016. That's no disrespect to the East; that's just reality given the seasons that the Warriors and Rockets have had, and the collision course that seemed so inevitable for either to avoid.

"Unhappy with the results, but happy with everybody as a whole", Mitchell said.

With James Harden sidelined, the Rockets could not muster up enough to beat the defending champs and dropped the second game of the season series to their rivals from the bay.

Kevin Durant echoed Green's sentiment. "I think both teams are different and playing better". "Know what I'm saying?"

Paul had 10 assists, seven rebounds and no turnovers to reach the conference finals for the first time in his 13-year career. Golden State was the No. 1 seed that year, Houston was No. 2. Big man Clint Capela is a double-double machine (13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds per game in regular season) and tremendous rim protector (NBA-best 2.80 blocks per game in postseason) whose 24.55 Player Efficiency Rating ranked 13th in the National Basketball Association. The Warriors didn't stop there, however, as after Jrue Holiday halted the run with a layup, Golden State answered right back with an extended 19-4 run of their own to take their largest lead of the entire game at 88-62 with 4:38 left in the quarter.

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