The Houston Rockets played all year to secure the top seed in the Western Conference in anticipation of facing a tough match up with the Golden State Warriors.
That has certainly been the case through the first five games as the Rockets defeated the Warriors 98-94 Thursday evening at the Toyota Center in Texas.
With the win, the Rockets take their first lead in the series, as the hosts now have a 3-2 advantage in the Western Conference Finals.
Chris Paul led the way for Houston, as the 33-year-old point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina had a team high 20 points while pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out six assists for the game.
For the second game in a row in this series, the Warriors had the lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Golden State has had a chance in each game for a tying or game-winning shot and the defending NBA Champions have struggled when pressed this season.
Kevin Durant led the way for Golden State in defeat, as the 28-year old small forward from Washington, DC had a game high 29 points while grabbing four rebounds for the contest.
The Warriors are being pushed to the brink for the first time since losing the NBA Finals two years ago.
The Western Conference Finals now head back to the Bay Area for Game 6 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
The game will be played on Saturday, with the Rockets advancing to the finals should they secure the victory.
Houston are 11/4 for the NBA Championship, with GSW 10/19.
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