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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

WEAVING HOPE. It's in the Sinagtala weaving center where women are able to escape and eventually, heal from the scars of the war. Photo courtesy of Sinagtala

IN NUMBERS: All even in NBA East and West finals

May 23, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Here's a rundown of some key numbers in the 4 teams’ conference finals success

Game 4 a 'trench warfare,' Kerr says as Rockets spoil Warriors' home record

May 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The upset loss snaps Golden State's record playoff home win streak at 16 games

SPOILER. The Houston Rockets overcome Steph Curry's scoring outburst in the 3rd quarter. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets drop huge 4th quarter to stun Warriors, level West finals at 2-2

May 23, 2018 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) James Harden and Chris Paul take charge as the Rockets respond to another Steph Curry scoring surge

SLAMMING. James Harden dunks over Draymon Green in one of the highlights of the Houston Rockets’ Game 4 triumph over the Golden State Warriors. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Resurgent Warriors can't rest on record – Kerr

May 21, 2018 - 1:52 PM

Golden State surpasses the mark of straight home playoff wins set by the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s

NOT YET FINISHED. Steve Kerr is not in a celebratory mood despite his Golden State Warriors making history. File photo from Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP


Curry catches fire as Warriors bury Rockets by 41 for 2-1 lead in West finals

May 21, 2018 - 10:35 AM

The two-time MVP gets the better of Chris Paul this time as he erupts for 35 points

HOT HANDS. Stephen Curry waxes hot for 18 points in the 3rd quarter alone as the Golden State Warriors give the Houston Rockets their worst postseason beating. Photo from Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America/AFP


'No panic' after Warriors' big loss to Rockets, says Curry

May 18, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Golden State coach Steve Kerr says Steph Curry and the defending champions will certainly find their groove again

NO WORRIES. Steph Curry thinks the Warriors remain in 'pretty good shape' even after the Rockets’ 22-point thrashing. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets roll past Warriors, level West finals to 1-1

May 17, 2018 - 11:22 AM

(UPDATED) Houston overcomes another big performance from Golden State star Kevin Durant

BIG-TIME PERFORMERS. Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors drives against James Harden of the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors need to be a ‘little greedy,’ says Steph Curry

May 16, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Golden State targets another big road win after seizing home-court edge from the Rockets in Game 1

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 14: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets in the second half in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets coach wants 'mentally sharper' team for Game 2

May 16, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Houston's Mike D'Antoni says his team's lapses combined with Kevin Durant's 37 points for Golden State did them in

UPHILL BATTLE. Another loss would leave Houston with a mountain to climb, says Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.  Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Kings’ Cauley-Stein wishes for a Rockets-Celtics finals

May 15, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The Sacramento Kings center wants to see a 'change of culture' in the 2018 NBA finals

RISING STAR. Willie Cauley-Stein and WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes will be in charge of selecting the 2018 Jr NBA Philippines All-Star team. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Warriors get their payback from Houston's 'mental' mistakes

May 15, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni puts emphasis on becoming mentally sharper to beat the championship-experienced Warriors

COMMUNICATE BETTER. A relatively quiet Chris Paul believes that the Rockets can even the Western Conference finals series. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Golden State Warriors take Game 1 of West Finals

May 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) James Harden's 41-point performance still isn't enough to take the game from the 2017 NBA champions

INSTRUMENTAL. Kevin Durant propels the Warriors to defeat the Houston Rockets and take game one of the Western Conference Finals. Photo by Roland Martinez/Getty Images North America/ AFP

IN NUMBERS: Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets

May 14, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Here are the key numbers heading into the showdown of top rivals in the NBA Western Conference Finals

SEEKING TO EXTEND STREAK. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are gunning for their 4th straight NBA Finals appearance. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP


Are the Warriors threatened by the Rockets? Definitely, says coach Kerr

May 13, 2018 - 10:32 AM

The showdown between the two offensively explosive teams has been anticipated from the start of the NBA season

READY. Golden State coach Steve Kerr says the Warriors have embraced the challenge posed by the Houston Rockets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: 2018 NBA conference finals schedule, Philippine time

May 12, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Houston Rockets battle the Golden State Warriors in the Western finals, while the Boston Celtics clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern duel

Rockets built to beat Warriors, but defending champs take talks in stride

May 10, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Although Houston stands as West top seeds, Golden State says it doesn't matter

PUMPED UP. The Golden State Warriors are all set for the much anticipated West showdown against the Houston Rockets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors seal West finals duel vs Rockets

May 09, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Golden State eliminates New Orleans, 4-1, to advance to its 4th straight NBA conference finals

CLOSE OUT. Kevin Durant goes for a dunk in Game 5 as the Golden Warriors wrap up the series against the New Orleans Pelicans. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Chris Paul erupts for 41 as Rockets advance to West finals

May 09, 2018 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) The Houston Rockets wrap up their semis showdown against the Utah Jazz at 4-1

ON TO THE NEXT. Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell drives around Rockets forward Trevor Ariza in Game 5 of the West semis series won by Houston. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets dump Jazz, soar to 3-1 series lead

May 07, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Chris Paul drops 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Houston Rockets move within a win of a West finals berth

BIRTHDAY BOY. Chris Paul celebrated his 33rd birthday with a big performance to lead the Houston Rockets to a Game 4 win. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Rockets blast Jazz on the road, regain series control

May 05, 2018 - 12:54 PM

(UPDATED) Banking on a huge first half, Houston cruises past Utah to reclaim the playoff lead at 2-1

OVERPOWERED. PJ Tucker and the Houston Rockets come out strong from the get-go against Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of their playoff series. Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Harden scores 41 as Rockets blast past Jazz in series opener

Apr 30, 2018 - 7:11 AM

James Harden notches his 6th 40-point playoff game and dazzles with a near-triple-double showing

HOLDING THE FORT. James Harden and the Houston Rockets defend their home court in Game 1 against the Utah Jazz. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

Jazz lose injured point guard Ricky Rubio for at least one game

Apr 29, 2018 - 7:54 AM

A left hamstring strain sidelines the Spaniard in Utah’s second-round opener versus Houston

BIG BLOW. Ricky Rubio’s absence may be telling against a Houston side that holds a league-best regular season record. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Harden hits heights as Rockets soar over Timberwolves

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:57 AM

(UPDATED) The win gives Houston a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and a chance to advance to the second round with a game 5 win

36 POINTS. James Harden helped the Rockets score 50 points in the 3rd quarter, which ultimately decided the game. File Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Nuggets stop skid, Sixers win without Embiid

Mar 31, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Denver's Paul Millsap scores a season-high 36 points against OKC. Philadelphia's Ben Simmons scores a triple-double in 3 quarters versus the Hawks.

SIXERS VS HAWKS. Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots against Dewayne Dedmon #14 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on March 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Pacers nail playoff spot, LeBron James' near-triple-double fuels Cavs win

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:29 PM

The Indiana Pacers advance to the NBA postseason for the 7th time in the last 8 seasons

ADVANCE. Victor Oladipo leads the Indiana Pacers to their 7th playoff berth in 8 seasons. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP


Houston Rockets set record, put celebration on hold

Mar 25, 2018 - 1:03 PM

The Houston Rockets clinch their franchise record 59th win

ON A ROLL. James Harden leads the Houston Rockets to a franchise record 59th win. File photo Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP


Kemba Walker's 46 leads record Charlotte Hornets rout of Memphis Grizzlies

Mar 23, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The 61-point winning margin is the largest in any NBA game since 1998 and marks only the 6th time in league history a team wins by 60 or more points

SIZZLING. In this file photo, Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets reacts after a play against the Detroit Pistonsat Spectrum Center. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty

Houston Rockets shoot down red-hot Portland Blazers

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:36 PM

In a game featuring the NBA's two hottest teams, Houston's Most Valuable Player candidate James Harden scores 42 points to help the Rockets notch their 13th victory in 14 games since the All-Star break

SOARING. File photo of MVP Candidate James Harden of Houston. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

OKC Thunder ends Toronto Raptors run on Russell Westbrook triple double

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Westbrook's heroics, including back-to-back baskets to break a tie with 54.9 seconds remaining, denies the Raptors the longest win streak in club history

TRIPLE-DOUBLE. File photo of Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving warming up during the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFP

Clippers coach Rivers fined $15K for criticizing refs

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Rivers points out anomalies during the Clippers' game against the Houston Rockets

'A JOKE'. Doc Rivers points out to the reporters that the Clippers attacked the basketball for the most the game while the Rockets attempted 41 from the 3-point line but was sent to the FT line 3 times as often as LA. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Houston Rockets roll on as San Antonio Spurs problems deepen

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:36 PM

The Rockets are on target for home advantage going into the playoffs, while the Spurs have lost 11 of their last 14 games and face elimination

TIGHT. James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets holds off Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center on March 12, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Curry-less Warriors lose to Trail Blazers, Cavaliers succumb to Clippers

Mar 10, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers capitalize on Stephen Curry's absence as they halt the Golden State Warriors' 7-game winning streak

HOT-SHOOTING. Damian Lillard scores 28 points to power the Portland Trail Blazers. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP



Raptors halt Rockets' 17-game winning streak

Mar 10, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Harden's missed triple gives the Raptors their 7th straight win

STREAKS. Kyle Lowry leads the Raptors to their 7th straight win while Harden scores 40 despite blowing their 17-game winning streak. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP (Harden) and Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP (Lowry)

Chris Paul, James Harden catch fire as Rockets roll to sweet 16th

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Paul displays scintillating shooting which included five three-pointers to help the Rockets bring up their 50th win of the season

STREAKING ROCKETS. In this file photo Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets argues a call during their game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Houston Rockets beat Boston Celtics for 15th straight win

Mar 04, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Houston's winning streak ties the second-longest in franchise history which was achieved two times during the Hakeem Olajuwon-era in the 1990s

HOT STREAK. James Harden and the Houston Rockets are riding on a 15-game winning streak. File photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP


Danny Green spices up San Antonio Spurs' win over Cleveland Cavaliers

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Green drills in 5 3-pointers for the San Antonio Spurs to backstop LaMarcus Aldridge's 27 points

LONG BOMBS. Danny Green shows way from downtown. File photo from Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP


Milwaukee Bucks beat Toronto Raptors in OT; Houston Rockets win

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 26 points and pulls down 12 rebounds for the Bucks

GREEK FREEK. Giannis Antetokounmpo powers the Milwaukee Bucks in snapping the Toronto Raptors' 7-game winning streak. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP


Rockets burn Heat for 6th straight win

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:17 PM

James Harden continues to be Houston's favorite to win the MVP award

FINISHING OFF. James Harden closes out the game with a pair of threes to nab the Rockets' 10th win in 11 games. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Harden reaches 15,000 career points; Raptors defeat Celtics

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The crowd bombards Harden with chants of 'M-V-P'

REMARKABLE VICTORIES. James Harden attains his highest number of career points and Kyle Lowry leads the Raptors to 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP (Harden) and Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP (Lowry)

Rockets rout struggling Cavaliers

Feb 04, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Cavs continue their humiliation against top NBA teams after their Christmas Day meeting with the Golden State Warriors

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Chris Paul's double-double outing leads the Rockets to drub the Cavs. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Historic night for Harden in Rockets' win

Jan 31, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Harden is the first NBA player to make 60 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a single game

HISTORY. James Harden's 4-point play allows him to beats Calvin Murphy's franchise record. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Harden leads Rockets' roll over top teams

Jan 23, 2018 - 1:27 PM

The Rockets earn their 3rd straight victory

NO REST. James Harden puts up 28 points to lead the Rockets to their second victory since his return. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Harden returns from injury, end Warriors' road winning streak

Jan 21, 2018 - 3:34 PM

The Golden State Warriors snaps their 14-game road winning streak

RETURN. James Harden returns from injury to put up 22 points for the Rockets. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets' Ariza, Green suspended two games for locker room visit

Jan 18, 2018 - 12:59 PM

James Harden and Chris Paul followed Ariza and Green into the corridor outside the opposing locker room in a bid to calm the situation and will not face disciplinary action.

SUSPENDED. A league investigation determined Ariza and Green entered the Clippers' locker room just after the game and engaged in what an NBA statement called "a hostile, verbal altercation" with several Clippers players. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Paul, Rockets teammates attempt to confront Clippers players in locker room - reports

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:58 PM

The two teams don't seem to like each other very much

HEATED RETURN. Chris Paul  argues a call during the first half against the LA Clippers. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors defuse Rockets in battle of Western Conference powers

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:08 PM

The Warriors win without Durant while the Rockets lose without Harden

ROAD WARRIORS. Stephen Curry scores 29 as the Warriors win their ninth straight on the road. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Houston’s hometown hero Gerald Green lifts off in Rockets win

Jan 04, 2018 - 2:52 PM

Gerald Green scores 27 points in the Rockets' win over Orlando

LIFT OFF. Last week Gerald Green was unemployed. Today he was the Rockets' leading scorer. Photo from Green's Instagram

Rockets' Harden out for 2 weeks with leg injury

Jan 02, 2018 - 12:12 PM

James Harden suffers from a left hamstring injury from his game against the Lakers

OUT. After scoring 40 points to snap their losing streak, Harden needs to rest for two weeks due to a hamstring injury. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets end losing streak, but Harden suffers hamstring injury

Jan 01, 2018 - 1:45 PM

There was good news and bad news for Rockets fans in their double overtime victory over the Lakers

INJURY SCARE. Harden will be evaluated on Monday to assess the extent of his injury. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP