Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors – Game 5
OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 27: Injured Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts on the bench during their game against the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of their Western Conference playoffs matchup at ORACLE Arena on April 27, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)
Klay Thompson scored 27 points, Draymond Green added 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as the defending champion Golden State Warriors eliminated the Houston Rockets from the postseason for the second consecutive season.
Golden State scored 35 points in the first quarter, led by 22 at halftime and never looked back, shooting 56 percent for the game and cruising to victory Wednesday night, 114-81, for their sixth consecutive postseason win over Houston at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors also eliminated the Rockets 4-1 in the Western Conference Finals last season.
Thompson hit seven three pointers for the second straight game – going 4 of 5 from long range and scoring 13 points in the third quarter – for Golden State, playing without reigning MVP Stephen Curry for the second time during the series. The Warriors outscored the Rockets by 60 points after Curry went down with a knee injury at the end of the first half of Game 4.
James Harden finished with 35 points (25 in the first half), six rebounds and six assists for Houston, which enters the offseason surrounded by question marks. Dwight Howard had 21 rebounds in the loss, but finished with just eight points on 3 of 13 from the field.
Golden State advances to the Western Conference semifinals for the third time in four years and will face the winner of the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers. Portland currently leads that series 3-2.
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