Chris Paul earned his entire paycheck in Game 5, and then some

  • Chris Paul earned his entire paycheck in Game 5, and then some

Chris Paul earned his entire paycheck in Game 5, and then some

Paul and the Houston Rockets advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 112-102 win in Tuesday night's Game 5, eliminating the Utah Jazz.

Golden State might have won 15 fewer games than they did two years ago, but they have Kevin Durant this time.

The fit-again Curry played 37 minutes, and was heavily involved in a devastating burst of scoring in the third quarter which ultimately took the game away from the Pelicans.

Sure, Houston gave up a lot for Chris Paul.

As good as the Rockets have performed, the Warriors remain in a class by themselves when they're at their best.

It's going to be a highly entertaining and dramatic conference finals starting this coming Monday in Houston.

"I can not put into words how proud we are of you and your team this season Joe", she tweeted. "You could see it in his eyes". They will now play against the Golden State Warriors in the Conference Finals after accomplishing a 4-1 series win. Golden State was also fifth in pace factor (possessions per game), and although Houston's slower (14th), we know Mike D'Antoni's team will fire from long distance (15.3 3s made per contest in the regular season, almost three more than the next team on the list, the Brooklyn Nets).

The NBA champions and Houston, will decide the West victor, and the finalist of the world's premier basketball championship ahead of the Eastern Conference champion, who has only one known finalist, the Cleveland Cavaliers, runners-up in 2017.

Paul, 33, had made four previous trips to the second round of the playoffs, once with the New Orleans Hornets and three times with the LA Clippers. Paul said, via ESPN. "He does it every night, but taking over the way he did was very impressive". Not to mention career averages of 18.6 points, 9.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game, with a career-shooting percentage of 47.2 percent. "Tuck has been the same size since he was 10 years old".

CP3 opened the fourth quarter with another 3-pointer. The Jazz rookie had 22 points in the third period alone, although Houston's support from Paul allowed them to keep things close as Utah took a lead into the final quarter. The Rockets entered the fourth quarter trailing by three points, and Paul was clearly not about to risk having the series go back to Utah for a Game 6. Coach Mike D'Antoni disclosed that Harden wasn't feeling well Tuesday, and he looked a little worn down postgame. And he isn't wrong when he says the Rockets are too often lazy with the ball.

On Tuesday night, with Harden struggling, Chris Paul showed that he is the extra superstar that Houston was previously missing.

"No matter what the score is, no matter the time, whatever it is, we play desperate", Holiday said.

The defense gets turned up to another level, as does the intensity and pressure, and teams have a chance to make multiple adjustments as the series progresses.

"They've been built to beat everybody", general manager Daryl Morey said. They both needed just five games to win each of their first two series.

"We thought we had the game in hand", Kerr said.

The Dubs and Rockets were the top two teams on offense in the regular season, as well as in offensive efficiency. Whoever is in the way of that goal, then we got to see you.