Cleveland tries to oust Indiana, Toronto looks to eliminate Washington and Utah has a second chance to finish off Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were completely outplayed in Game 4 and they looked absolutely hopeless when they were down by 25 points in Game 5 until they rallied to pull out a 107-99 comeback win.
After waiting all series for the reigning MVP to show up, he delivered with his team facing elimination.
Giving up a 25-point advantage with just 20 minutes to play is the only thing - other than a serious injury to a key player - that could have impacted so negatively their 3-1 series lead, on account of the historical dramatics tangled up in the entire deal. Those were the big Game 5 story lines, and now it's time to see what happens in a trio of Game 6 matchups on Friday night. Regardless of whether or not they can continue streaking in Game 6 or not, it was a special night that put off any discussions about them playing their last game together.
The Utah Jazz only scored 43 points in the second half in their rough game five loss.
"We knew how tough this game was going to be".
Lowry had 17 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who trailed 87-82 before going on a 17-6 run in the fourth quarter. He finished with 27 points, tying a career high. Or no matter how well they play over stretches, will the dreaded feeling that at any moment Russell Westbrook might stir, along with his partner Paul George, charging back to erase all the good that already had been accomplished haunt them?
The Rockets will face either Oklahoma City or Utah in the next round.
He attacked the rim relentlessly once Gobert, who had deterred the Thunder from getting to the basket for much of the series, subbed out.
Melo discusses the incident after the game: "My competitive nature just took over at that point, wanting to be a part of that atmosphere". We wanted to continue to grind it out and came out with the win.
The media will certainly be in full "Maybe This Will Spark the Thunder" mode after the wonderful OKC rally in Game 5. While PG John Wall has been mostly terrific all series, averaging 26.6 points, 12.2 assists and 5.8 rebounds, his minutes (38.8) might be catching up to him. There's also an undeniable momentum and energy following the Thunder after a game like that, which, with some luck, will lead to a quick start tomorrow night in Salt Lake City.