National Basketball Association wrap: Kevin Durant leads Warriors win; Rockets' defense dominates again

Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates with Golden State bench

Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates with Golden State bench

With both Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum ruled out for Game 5, the Jazz rookie guard could conceivably play 40-plus minutes while being spelled in short bursts by Alec Burks.

And of the five players in Golden State's fearsome "Death" lineup, Durant is the most likely of the bunch to go on a personal scoring tear to pile up numbers. It's good to know that teammates got your back.

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday believes Kevin Durant was the difference-maker in the game, as he's nearly unstoppable on the offensive ends of the floor. Though Anthony Davis had 26 points, he only shot 8-of-22 from the field while the Pelicans shot 36.4 percent overall.

The captain of the ship for New Orleans has been Jrue Holiday.

Golden State bounced back after a disappointing showing in Game 3 as they put the boots to New Orleans off the opening tip and never looked back.

It was Durant's turn Sunday, and he and his teammates will look to close the series Tuesday back at home.

Steve Kerr made a decision to put the Hamptons Five on the floor as his starting lineup in Game 4, and that resulted in a dominant 26-point victory.

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If there's any consolation for the Pelicans, it's that they were the first team to get the Warriors' full attention. The beauty of having four All-Stars in the starting lineup is anyone can go off in a moment's notice, making it nearly impossible to account for everyone over the course of a game.

The Warriors responded to their 19-point loss in Game 3 with a resounding effort that produced a wire-to-wire win with leads as large as 26 points. Klay Thompson added 13 points and Quinn Cook added 12 off the bench. Draymond Green finished with eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists while Andre Iguodala, reinserted into the starting lineup, had six points, seven boards plus six assists.

The result was a rout, one that allowed the Warriors to head home with a 3-1 lead in their series against the Pelicans. The Warriors gave JaVale McGee the starting nod in the series against San Antonio but switched things up in this series. Take New Orleans at + 11.5. "They came up with some good early stops (that) allowed them the opportunity to run out".

It was a loud reminder to the rest of the league that the reigning champs are still as dominant as ever, and they still have potential to grow as Stephen Curry continues his recovery from a sprained left MCL they held him out for 16 games. The 32-year-old runs the floor as an exceptional facilitator, but the subpar shooting deals a blow to the offense when defenders can play 5-on-4 when contesting shots. Who emerges with the win in this contest?

After the Warriors were blown out by the Pelicans in Game 3, Green told ESPN he stayed up watching film.

James Harden has led the Rockets to a 3-1 lead over the Jazz and has had a chance to help lift his team to the Conference Finals.

Sometimes people forget basketball is just a game.

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