Rockets edge Warriors in Houston

The Houston Rockets beat defending champions the Golden State Warriors 98-94 in game five of the Western Conference series to be a win away from the NBA finals.

Eric Gordon came off the bench and nailed 24 points as Houston get closer to their first final berth since 1994 and 1995.

The Rockets started well early on but were on the backfoot at times in a tight match.

James Harden kicked off proceedings with a layup and at one point in the first quarter, Houston was nearly double-digits ahead of the Warriors.

Kevin Durant changed things as he scored 11, with Houston leading 23-17 going into the second quarter.

At halftime, it was all square at 45-45 as Durant scored 18 and Steph Curry nailed 11.

In the third quarter, Klay Thompson edged the Warriors past the Rockets but they came back strongly with the scoreline passing through 66-66 to 70-70, although the Warriors had squeezed ahead at the buzzer, leaving the score 72-71.

The hosts began to pull ahead in the final quarter when Chris Paul dunked from distance.

Golden State fought back to within a point but Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon made free throws to put the final score at 98-94.

The result means the series sits at 3-2 ahead of game six at Warriors’ Oracle Arena.