National Basketball Association wrap: Kevin Durant leads Warriors win; Rockets' defense dominates again

Jo Caldwell
May 9, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Chris Paul had 27 points and 12 rebounds while James Harden scored 24 points to power the Rockets to a win over the Jazz, taking a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.

"I just challenged him to be who he is". Being that we're in it every day, we're literally blood, sweat and tears in this every day - and it don't mean that much to me, it shouldn't mean that much to him either. Can the Pelicans come up with enough momentum and hot shooting in order to push the Warriors to Game 6 or will Alvin Gentry and company see their season come to an end on someone else's floor? There were no hard feelings. Green and Iguodala didn't have prolific scoring numbers, but they both stuffed the stat sheet and ramped up the defense to shut down a Pelicans offense that had just torched them the game before. When Durant woke up, he replied with three simple words: "I got you". Utah showed Houston a new look Sunday in Game 4 of their West semifinal matchup, and while the Jazz slowed the high-powered Rockets at times they still fell into a 3-1 series deficit. It's good to know that teammates got your back.

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Capela is quietly producing solid numbers in the playoffs, averaging 15.4 points and 13.0 rebounds while shooting 63.6 percent from the field, but the wrinkle in him being a good second-choice option is his 2.6 blocks per game.

The game plan doesn't seem to have changed for Golden State.

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"What we saw from him today, that's what we need", Green said. That's the impact he has when he's playing aggressive out there for us.

Green, who has a reputation for feistiness and psychological gamesmanship, had eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists in a lopsided Warriors victory. "It's kind of sad someone would take this that serious", Green said. Here's our suggested Daily Fantasy plays for the two games. Green, for his part, spoke at the post-match press conference saying that he hopes Polk "gets the help he needs".

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Warriors head coach Steve Kerr already confirmed that he will start with the same players in Game 5 and one can expect Kevin Durant to lead the way. Most around the basketball world believe it's only a matter of time before they are added to the list of squads that have been vanquished by Golden State from the postseason. Whatever the case, he may want to start getting Samuel Adams hats ready for the East finals - if he wants to tweak Boston fans a bit more.

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