Warriors lose Kevin Durant for rest of West semifinals

Durant appeared to suffer the injury late in the third quarter after attempting a mid-range jump shot. They can also take confidence from overcoming a 20-point deficit in Game 5 to take the lead in the fourth quarter before eventually coming up short in a 104-99 defeat.

Game 6 goes on Friday. Golden State outscored Houston 32-27 in the final period, holding James Harden to just five points in the quarter and receiving vintage performances from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

"You lose your best player, it's deflating", Thompson admitted.

All five games have been won by the home team and the oddsmakers favor that happening again with the Rockets as seven-point favorites. That gave us a chance to win down the stretch with how hard we played on that end of the floor.

There was instant speculation from the TNT broadcasting crew that Durant might have torn his Achilles' tendon, but the update from the Warriors indicated a much less severe injury. "We'll have to claw our way to one more win", Curry said.

"I think it's good news", Kerr said Thursday, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

Since 1948, there have been 22 instances (31.4 percent) where the team that won the National Basketball Association title had to defeat the reigning champion.

"I'm not sure how it was that it remained so male-dominated for so long, because it's an area of the game where physically, certainly, there's no benefit of being a man, as opposed to a woman when it comes to refereeing", Silver said during an appearance at The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. "Guys who haven't had opportunities yet (in this series) will have opportunities".

His status after game 6 is unknown as a potential game 7 would be back in Golden State on Sunday.

Paul just turned 34, his Hall of Fame career is entering its final chapter - he shot 3-of-14 in Game 5 - and he will continue to occupy Houston's other maximum salary slot for another three years.

An MRI exam Thursday confirmed the Warriors' initial diagnosis.

"It's the playoffs, it's the ultimate test".

Durant has been one of if not the best player in the playoffs thus far.

PRESSURE IS ON: Curry's Shot. Iguodala will see more time guarding Harden, who scored a game-high 31 points before going quiet down the stretch, and will be called upon as a secondary distributor more often.