Basketball: Warriors eliminate Pelicans in Game 5

Australian ace Joe Ingles will need a big game if Utah are to win in Houston in the NBA playoffs

Camera Icon Australian ace Joe Ingles will need a big game if Utah are to win in Houston in the NBA playoffs

But re-signing point guard Rajon Rondo will be just as impactful on the squad's long-term success.

Watch postgame press conferences with Alvin Gentry, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday.

Stephen Curry sparked a third quarter surge as the Golden State Warriors wrapped up a series victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday to advance to the NBA Western Conference finals. But he did say that he enjoyed what the team was able to build this year and he's optimistic about what the future holds for them moving forward. "I love this group of guys". I think we obviously went up against the defending champs. If we stretch all the way back to their days as the Philadelphia Warriors, the field gets even wider which includes the monstrous Wilt Chamberlain and - the previous triple-double king and prior to the term even being coined - Tom Gola. The Philadelphia 76ers will need another big game from their role players T.J. McConnell and Co. if they are to force a game six back home on Friday.

Curry led the charge with 28 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Kevin Durant added a 24-7-6 stat line, Klay Thompson put up 23 points and Draymond Green finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and two blocks to average a triple-double for the series.

But with Curry to the fore, the Warriors exploded with a devastating burst of scoring early in the third period that the Pelicans had no response to.

Chris Paul will play in his first conference final game after leading the top-seeded Rockets to a 112-102 game-five win over the Utah Jazz.

But the most important thing he provided was a focus on building team chemistry, and he helped unite everyone on the roster by helping forge an unselfish style of play on the court and encouraging participation in team activities off the court.

"We want to win another championship", Green said, "and it don't matter who's in the way of that". "I loved our chemistry". This is what the National Basketball Association has become, and you have to have somebody like Draymond to have a good team. Durant scored 20 or more points in a 17th straight postseason game.

But New Orleans could be on the verge of building something special and it should do whatever it can to build on the success its found in the 2017-18 season.

The two teams have been on a collision course all season as this matchup looked nearly inevitable.

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