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Rockets edge Warriors, lead series 3-2

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HOUSTON (AP) Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 24 points and his steal on Golden State's last possession secured a 98-94 victory Thursday night that gave the Houston Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The Rockets head into Game 6 on Saturday night in Oakland one win away from knocking off the defending champions and advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 1994-95.

Chris Paul scored 20 points and James Harden struggled for his 19, but Paul had to leave the game in the final minute with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

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Rank Name APG
1 R. Westbrook, OKC10.3
2 L. James, Cle9.1
3 J. Harden, Hou8.8
4 R. Rondo, NO8.2
5 B. Simmons, Phi8.2
6 C. Paul, Hou7.9
7 D. Green, GS7.3
8 J. Teague, Min7.0
9 K. Lowry, Tor6.9
10 D. Lillard, Por6.6
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Steals Per Game
Rank Name SPG
1 V. Oladipo, Ind2.36
2 P. George, OKC2.04
3 E. Bledsoe, Mil2.01
4 J. Butler, Min1.97
5 R. Westbrook, OKC1.84
6 G. Harris, Den1.82
7 J. Harden, Hou1.75
8 B. Simmons, Phi1.73
9 R. Covington, Phi1.71
10 T. Young, Ind1.67
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