The Celtics' team offense and defense has been too much to overcome in TD Garden, even for a top three player of all time.
It's Houston's second consecutive victory in the series after snapping Golden State's National Basketball Association playoff-record, 16-game home winning streak with a 95-92 victory on Tuesday night.
Heres a look at the remaining schedule and key factors for the conference championships. However, probably bolstered by the home-crowd energy, the Cavaliers astounded the Boston Celtics' defence en route to a 126-85 win.
All season, all playoffs, despite being down men, the Celtics have just found a way to win. Six resulted in Celtics losses. They finished the game with eight turnovers, compared to 20 for Houston. A hamstring injury sidelined Paul for five games in January 2012, seven games in December 2016 and January 2017, and three games in March this season. "We were one of the better teams in the regular season. I don't have an answer for you in the playoffs". That has to change in Game 7 - make LeBron work for his buckets and don't let the role players get hot.
But Boston can't use that as a crutch. Game 4 for that series tips off Tuesday at 8 p.m., after The Missourian's print deadline. As hard as the road has been these playoffs, a win-or-go-fishing gauntlet against the King sounds worse.
But that's not the biggest question about Durant, it's this: Why did he insist on spending most of the game - even more than Harden did in Game 1 - playing hero-ball, dribbling incessantly and ball-stopping the Warriors' trademarked Beautiful Game?
While everyone has been pitching in, the tone on defense, especially in these last two games, has been set by the aggressive play of P.J. Tucker and Trevor Ariza, and Clint Capela's presence at the rim.
The Cubs blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green celebrates with guard Klay Thompson during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western C
Thompson has averaged 19.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting and 4.1 rebounds in 38.1 minutes during the playoffs. "I woke up this morning thinking we played that bad in the fourth quarter, lost by three points and played a solid defensive game".
The Celtics have already played a Game 7 in this postseason, handily beating Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.
"The team's in good spirits", Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
Cleveland can't afford anything less than James' best. On that night, James Harden led the way for Houston with 30 points. Thompson keeping Harden on the perimeter will be a huge part of this series.
The Warriors opened the third with an 11-0 burst to go ahead 62-61 on Curry's 3 at 9:17, also getting a pair of 3s from Thompson and a dunk by Durant.
And now they've flipped the series around, taking a 3-2 lead with a 98-94 win in Game 5.
Paul's status likely determines whether there's still a series going forward or not. But despite the big plays for the Rockets, the Warriors got right back into the game. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game.