Houston grabbed the lead early on, but Utah pulled back and held the lead going into the final quarter in the do-or-die clash.
The Rockets will be looking to see off the Warriors in the next round, having seen their play-off dreams cut short by Golden State in two of the last three seasons.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, @CP3 becomes the first player in a playoff game with:
🏀 40+ points
🏀 10+ assists
🏀 0 turnovers
Highlights ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/54EkqXUh7M
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) May 9, 2018
Draymond Green was within one assist of a triple-double in the 113-104 victory, scoring 19 points and having 14 rebounds.
Curry scored 28, with Kevin Durant having 24 and Klay Thompson 23, while Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 34 points and 19 rebounds and Jrue Holiday hit a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
The Toronto coach spoke highly of James after the Raptors’ season ended in Game 4 to Cleveland on Monday.
“You’re looking at probably one of the guys that’s going to go down as one of the greatest ever,” Casey said. “It’s a match-up nightmare for anybody.”
James also spoke on this year’s rookie class as a whole, giving it high praise by putting it in the same sentence as his own draft class from 2003, which included Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh.
“You look at the rookie class from this year, it’s probably the best since 2003,” James said with a smile and laugh.