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Kevin Durant Ruled Out For Remainder Of Rockets Series

Kevin Durant Ruled Out For Remainder Of Rockets Series

Golden State pulled out a 104-99 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) as the Warriors survived the loss of superstar Kevin Durant to grab a 3-2 lead in their second round National Basketball Association playoff series.

Durant was injured with two minutes left in the third quarter of Game 5 after an attempted jumpshot over Rockets guard Iman Shumpert and did not return to the game.

Stephen Curry leads the Warriors averaging 27.3 points and has added 5.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

Durant limped to the locker room after landing awkwardly on his right foot following a baseline jumper with 2:11 left in the third quarter Wednesday.

Despite the Warriors pulling off a 104-99 triumph to take a 3-2 best-of-seven second round series edge, the mood is now one of concern for the two-time defending champions who know their path to another NBA Finals would be substantially tougher without Durant.

Game 6 is Friday night at 9 p.m., and a potential Game 7 would be at Golden State on Sunday. However, Durant's injury only amplifies this specific handicapping situation, with the Rockets facing elimination.

Even though the Warriors held a 14 point halftime lead there were several missed opportunities to extend that lead.

That is series the Warriors should get Kevin Durant back during. This is probably the hardest we've been hit with DeMarcus (Cousins) and Kevin.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant mild calk strain in his right leg and will be re-evaluated in one week. "We have championship rings", Kerr said. "We're going to have to find a way".

Yet the game was tied at the half anyway, and in the second half Curry dropped 33 as the Warriors pick-and-rolled the Rockets to death.

Memories of the Warriors dodging the bullet and bounding into the locker room with a 3-2 series lead and learning that the manual testing showed Durant had avoided an Achilles injury. We go down there and give it our best effort. "When I walked into the coaches" office after the game, the replay of the play was going on, and I thought the same thing because he kind of looked back like he had been kicked or something. Offensive rebounds have been particularly important with P.J. Tucker's work in that area in Games 3 and 4 helping Houston close out both games.

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