Durant has taken over the playoffs for the two-time champions. Durant will not travel with the team to Houston for Game 6 and will be reevaluated next week, effectiving sidelining him for the rest of the series.
"A night like tonight doesn't happen without belief in myself", Curry said.
The Golden State Warriors are headed back to the Western Conference Finals for the fifth consecutive season. Yet when Kevin Durant left the game with just over two minutes remaining in the third, Oracle Arena was a nervous wreck. "He's been phenomenal", Kerr said. "We're thrilled to be moving on and excited to have this one in our review mirror".
Guard Malcolm Brogdon, returning from a heel injury that had sidelined him since March 15, scored 10 points in 17 minutes.
Stephen Curry had been dealing with a dislocated finger for several games and was held scoreless in the first half.
"He's done a lot for us".
Durant is scheduled to have an MRI exam on Thursday after limping out of the Warriors' 104-99 Game 5 win on Wednesday, which gave them a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semi-final series. "They put so much pressure on you at both ends of the floor", Kerr said.
On his way to the Toyota Center's loading dock, hours after his team eliminated the Rockets from the National Basketball Association playoffs, Draymond Green still was buzzing. It was like a heavyweight fight.
For almost six months, Golden State's much-maligned bench has failed to produce an adequate punch, often leaving the top-heavy champs to exclusively rely on its Hall of Fame core most nights. But he got going in the fourth, scoring 23 points.
"Hopefully", Kerr said, "we get Kevin back at some point".
With Durant firing on all cylinders against the Rockets, stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have been struggling. The one thing you can't lose confidence and aggressiveness. The lead grew to 77-60 before Golden State got going.
Thompson finished with 27 points, Curry 25 and Durant 22 for the Warriors, who continued a run of home wins by the teams in the series. The Warriors were expected to have a film session upon arrival in Houston, and Kerr liked the way his team was feeling.
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