NBA Playoffs 2015: Western Conference Finals Comes to an End

The Houston Rockets and their fans, fresh off a thrilling Game 4 victory, were ready to make history in tonight’s Game 5 by becoming the first NBA team to come back from a 3-0 hole. Knowing the never quit attitude of the team, fans and players alike were confident and ready in their attempts at entering the history books as one of the greatest comebacks ever. Game 5 started out well for the Houston Rockets, but as the second quarter went on, the Golden State Warriors, lead by Steph Curry, got hot and soon established an 8 point lead. The Rockets early lead came from none other than James Harden and Dwight Howard, the two superstars who have truly been the Rockets centerpieces throughout the postseason. Harden went to the free throw 7 times in the first quarter and made all of his free throw shots. Harden and his beard looked great in the first half scoring 11 points with 3 rebounds and 2 assists, all the while looking determined in forcing a Game 6 in the safe confines of Toyota Center.

 

As the second half started the Warriors started to unleash their dominance but the Rockets quickly responded, making it a 2-point game. The Rockets were ready to take the game back when midway through the third quarter, Klay Thompson received his 5th foul and was benched, but the Rockets were unable to take advantage of the defensive and offensive mismatches offered and the Dubs still maintained their healthy lead after 3.
The 4th, and potentially last quarter of the season, started horrendously for the Rockets. Again, they seemed detached from the game and they let the Warriors run all over them, especially Harrison Barnes who slowly put the game out of reach for the men in red with his own 7-0 run. Golden State continued to pound the Rockets who seemed to have no drive and with their attitude, the Rockets definitely could not recover. As the buzzer sounded, the Warriors fans rejoiced as their beloved team took home the Western Conference title in front of a noisy and jam-packed Oracle Arena while the Rockets walked away, proud after coming this far, but definitely lamenting the opportunities gone awry in this series.

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