Stephen Curry led the Golden State Warriors, who were without key player Kevin Durant, to a 118-113 victory over the Hourton Rockets on Saturday morning.
The result sees the two-time defending champions advance to the Western Conference finals. They will appear in the NBA’s final four for the fifth consecutive season and eliminated the Rockets from the postseason for the fourth time in five years.
"We knew at some point we would have a chance to steal this game and we did," said Curry, who played with a dislocated finger on his left hand.
The Warriors clinched the series in six games by despite missing Durant, who suffered a calf strain in game five, but is likely to return before the end of the playoffs.
"We miss our guy but we know he is going to be back," said Curry of Durant. "This whole playoff run he has been the best player in the league and has carried us so the least we could do is have his back tonight and move on to the next round."
Warriors forward Draymond Green said they had to revert to their vintage championship form from before Durant joined them in 2016.
"There were some times it felt like that — a lot of movement just trying to push the tempo," Green said. "With Kevin, you can kind of be lazy knowing you can throw the ball to (him) and he'll get that bucket. It definitely was a little throwback for us, for sure."
The Western Conference finals begin on Tuesday in Oakland, California against either the Portland Trail Blazers or the Denver Nuggets.