While the Rockets initially controlled the game and achieved a double-digit lead, by halftime the game was tied at 45-45. Eventually the Rockets led 96-94 with 22.4 seconds remaining in the game and Golden State ball but Draymond Green fumbled a pass, ensuring a Houston victory.
Defenses on both sides were strong throughout the game, cramping the style of Kevin Durant (29 pt, 4 reb, 0 ast) and Stephen Curry (22 pt, 7 reb, 6 ast) on the one end and James Harden (19 pt, 3 reb, 4 ast) on the other.
Houston was able to compensate for Harden's weakness with an excellent game from Chris Paul (20 pt, 7 reb, 6 ast) and Eric Gordon (24 pt, 4 reb, 1 ast), which provided the clutch baskets in the 4th quarter.
Game 6 will be Saturday evening in Golden State's home court in California.