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But we're not about to run around like, 'Yeah, we want to play them in the conference finals.' For what? The Rockets won 65 games this regular season.

Today, however, we received further statistical proof that this Houston Rockets team will be unlike anything the Warriors have seen before.

The Warriors wrapped up the best of seven series 4-1 with a 113-104 win in Game 5 and Curry top scored after playing 37 minutes.

Curry returned, after nearly six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury in Game 2, against the Pelicans and was used sparingly by coach Kerr in the initial games.

This off-season won't be like past year with the Gordon Hayward circus, but the longest tenured player on the team, Derrick Favors will be an unrestricted free agent.

Kevin Durant: 24 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds.

The Warriors advance to play the top-seeded Houston Rockets in what has always been an anticipated Western Conference finals matchup - with a Finals feel, perhaps.

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Golden State has lost just twice in the opening two rounds of the postseason and they'll look to maintain that momentum now that the team is healthy again. Rudy Gobert turned in his best game of the series with 12 points, nine boards, and five blocks.

"It's been a long time since we've seen them, but we know they are a great team", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the Rockets, who triumphed 2-1 against his team in the regular season.

Holiday contributed 27 points and 11 assists, but even with better shooting, New Orleans couldn't stay with deep, score-at-will Golden State.

He's scored more than 40 points in two of their 10 games, but he has an unspectacular true shooting percentage of 55.5% in the postseason and he's been held under 20 points twice in this year's playoff run.

The Warriors' 15th straight home play-off win also tied the National Basketball Association record set by the Chicago Bulls in 1990-91. Stephen Curry led Golden State with 28 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the win. And Paul, if you somehow haven't heard, will now play in the first conference finals of his 13-year career. And while the Pelicans were able to rally late in the fourth, it wasn't enough. During Game 5 last night, GS forward Draymond Green successfully eavesdropped on a Pelicans huddle and mostly got away with it. He said, 'You get out the way. PJ Tucker chipped in 19 points while James Harden finished with 18. It went five games.

"In my head when I'm out there, (I'm) just trying to play free and not worry about anything and continue to try to get my rhythm on both ends and keep moving, Curry said after Game 5".

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