After a stunning home loss to the Houston Rockets in Game Four of their NBA Western Conference finals series on Tuesday, the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors face what some observers are calling their single biggest game since they signed superstar free agent Kevin Durant. They are trying to avoid falling behind 3-2 in the best-of-seven series in a game that will live stream from Toyota Center in Houston on Thursday.
Tuesday’s last-second, 95-92 loss actually went down to the final half-second, with a chance to tie the game after Houston’s Chris Paul missed one of two free throws. But, Stephen Curry clanked a three-pointer off the front of the rim to end the game.
The loss ended the Warriors‘ record home winning streak for playoff games at 16. Golden State felt the absence of injured small forward Andre Iguedola, whose availability for Game Five will be a “game-time decision,” according to Golden State Coach Steve Kerr.
However, the Warriors have not lost two consecutive games at any point so far in the 2018 playoffs, and they hope they can keep that trend going even on the road against Houston. Houston has compiled the league’s best home record at 34-7 in the regular season, but have dropped two of their seven home games in the playoffs, including in the opener of the current series against Golden State.
The Warriors may also find themselves without shooting guard Klay Thompson for Thursday’s game after a left-knee strain limited him to just 39 minutes in Game Four. If Thompson is unavailable, it would be a serious handicap for the defending champions, who have relied on the 28-year-old seventh-year player out of Washington State. Thompson has 19.4 points, a 43.8 shooting percentage and 4.1 rebounds per game on average in this playoff run.
Watch a preview of the Warriors-Rockets Game Five courtesy of The San Jose Mercury News, in the video below.
To watch the Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets NBA Western Conference final round Game Five showdown live from Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, access the streaming video provided by Watch TNT at this link, or by downloading the Watch TNT app. Watch TNT also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV. Opening tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. CDT at the 18,000-seat Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, May 24. That start time will be 9 p.m. EST.
For fans who want to stream the Golden State vs. Houston crucial tie-breaking matchup for free without cable login credentials, a feed from TNT Overtime will also stream at the above link, or on most mobile devices. TNT Overtime allows fans to choose and switch between any one of four camera angles on the game, or to watch all four at the same time in a mosaic view.
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