It was a bittersweet Game 5 victory for the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
The Dubs beat the Rockets 104-99 at home with the series tied at two games apiece, giving them a crucial 3-2 advantage going into Game 6 in Houston. With that being said, however, one of their superstars went down with an injury during the course of the game that could alter the entire composition of the series.
Kevin Durant, who scored 22 points before exiting, left late in the third quarter after a non-contact calf injury. After shooting a jumper over Iman Shumpert, Durant collapsed to the ground, clutching his leg.
Durant’s injury was described as a “calf strain” by the Warriors, but he is set to undergo an MRI to further examine the injury and to determine how long he’ll be out.
Klay Thompson stepped up in Durant’s absence, scoring 27 points to lead Golden State. He hit 5 of 10 three pointers and made crucial shots down the stretch to seal the Warriors’ victory.
James Harden led Houston with 31 points in his team’s loss.
Game 6 will be held at the Toyota Center on Friday night.