Warriors look to eliminate Rockets on Friday without Durant

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A Finals MVP in each of the last two Golden State title runs, Durant entered Wednesday's game averaging 36 points in the first four games of the series and 35.4 points in this year's postseason. The team is travelling back to Houston for Friday's Game 6 but Durant stayed behind in the Bay Area to undergo treatment. However, Durant's injury only amplifies this specific handicapping situation, with the Rockets facing elimination.

The Warriors won a game without Durant to lean on when they'd scored just 47 points in the second half.

The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 with Game 6 on Friday in Houston.

Golden State has been without injured stars like Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green or Thompson in big games before. "I am proud of the guys and the way they pulled out this win and we will see about Kevin tomorrow", said Kerr.

In the final eight minutes of the game, Harden attempted just one shot as Warriors veteran Andre Iguodala locked in defensively. The Rockets knew Durant wasn't coming back. "(Durant's) done a lot for us and we have to have his back. Well, it means Durant will be missing any possible Game 7, if they stick to waiting until next week for the re-evaluation. He asked his Rockets teammates if they had seen it, thinking maybe in the moment he hadn't felt Durant.

The Warriors will have to rely heavily on Steph Curry's ability to create shots for both himself and others in the Warriors next two games.

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How the Rockets adjust defensively in Game 6 will determine if their season again comes to an end at the hands of the Warriors.

Kevon Looney will certainly play more minutes as he did Wednesday.

The Rockets thought they were onto something in 2017, cruising past the Thunder in five in the first round before trouncing the Spurs 126-99 in Game 1 of the conference semifinals.

The Rockets would play 3:45 of the fourth quarter until Harden was. "We'll have to claw our way to one more win", Curry said. DeMarcus did a really good job of just kind of settling everyone back down a little bit and say, 'All right, you'll be fine. "We want their best shot".

"If Kevin is out, then what you saw in the fourth quarter is what you're gonna have to see going forward", Kerr said.

What the Warriors did was revert to their championship form pre-Durant.

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