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Draymond Green made a 3-pointer with just over minute left to get Golden State within one. Harden, who was 0 for 11 on 3s, missed his last one with less than 30 seconds left, giving the Warriors the ball back.Stephen Curry missed a floater and Trevor Ariza grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 10 seconds left. But he made just one of two free throws to give the Warriors another chance.But Gordon came up with his steal when Green lost control in the lane and added two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to put it away.Klay Thompson shook off a knee injury that had his status for this game in question to score 23 points and Curry added 22. A bruised left knee kept Andre Iguodala out for the second straight game, and Kevon Looney started in his place.After losing Game 1 of the series, the Rockets made the best of home-court advantage this time, thrilling a sellout crowd that included Justin Timberlake, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt and rapper Travis Scott.ADVERTISEMENT 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.Kevin Durant scored 29 points for the Warriors, who lost in Game 5 of a playoff series for just the second time since 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Rockets won a second straight defensive struggle between the two potent offenses, leaving the Warriors a loss from missing the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014.“We had to rely on our defense once again,” Harden said. “Game 4, we weren’t making shots but defensively we were really good. Same thing tonight.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls It’s Houston’s second straight win in the series after snapping Golden State’s NBA playoff-record, 16-game home winning streak with a 95-92 victory on Tuesday night.Golden State led by one to start the fourth before Paul got going, scoring seven points to power a 10-5 run that gave the Rockets an 81-77 lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left.Thompson made a 3-pointer after that and then officials reviewed Paul’s first basket of the quarter and ruled he got it off after the shot clock expired, leaving the Warriors ahead 80-79.The Rockets were clinging to a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Durant fouled Gordon on a 3-point attempt, losing one of his shoes in the process. Gordon made all three free throws to start a 7-2 spurt that extended the lead to 88-82 midway through the quarter.The Rockets honored the 10 people killed in last week’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, before the game, with the school’s choir singing the national anthem and team owner Tilman Fertitta wearing a “Santa Fe Strong” T-shirt, before Houston scored the game’s first six points in a first half where the team led by as many as 11.TIP-INSWarriors: Coach Steve Kerr was unsure Thursday if Iguodala would be able to return for Game 6. “He’s dying to play, but he’s not healthy enough,” Kerr said. “We’ll just continue to take it day to day.”… Curry made four free throws to tie Rick Barry for most free throws made in the playoffs in franchise history with 378. … Golden State had 18 turnovers.Rockets: Clint Capela had 12 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double this postseason. … Houston made 13 of 43 3-pointers, led by four from Gordon.UP NEXTAfter Game 6 on Saturday, the Rockets would host Game 7 on Monday if necessary. Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets shoots against Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half of Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — 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.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LeBron, Harden unanimous selections to All-NBA Team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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CASTAIC – Castaic schools could gain a new superintendent today to take the reins of the small school district this summer. Jim Gibson, assistant superintendent of business and administrative services, is the only candidate under consideration by the Castaic Union School District’s school board seeking to replace Superintendent Beverly Silsbee who plans to retire in June. The board will convene this morning for a special meeting to approve his contract. If it gets a majority of votes from the board, Gibson’s new position will be sealed. Gibson was the only applicant for the job in a search that did not extend past district offices. Not everyone is persuaded though that the search for a new superintendent has gone far enough, and some wonder about others out there who could be more qualified to run the school system. The board interviewed Gibson on Saturday for the job. “Most districts, because of the dearth of qualified candidates throughout the nation and California, are trying to grow their own (superintendents),” Loveall said. “It just makes sense because you don’t miss a beat systematically if you have someone already in the system.” Still, some residents have criticized the Castaic board for moving quickly with Gibson’s hire and claim the community was left in the dark when it came to choosing the next leader of the school system. Resident Robert Allen said he was one of three people who attended a community meeting Feb. 4 and that the discussion there revolved around problems with the district, not the potential new hire. The consultant gathered information from that meeting and a previous one with teachers and other staff members and presented it in a report to the board on the day Gibson was interviewed. Allen said he was surprised that within two weeks of the meeting a new superintendent could be hired. He wants more public meetings and conversations about who the community wants to head the school district. “I feel deceived,” he said. “What’s the hurry? Why are they rushing this through?” Superintendent Beverly Silsbee said she took the low turnout at the meeting as a sign that “not a lot of people were concerned.” She said communication with the community about the superintendent search was the board’s responsibility and that it can make the determination if there’s been sufficient input. She said the district has reached out to its staff and community about the search. Teachers filled out surveys and were sent memos about the Feb. 4 meeting. Meanwhile board members spread the word through town-hall meetings, the PTA and other school functions. “It think it’s been fair and upfront all the way. I can understand why someone might not understand that because they’re not in a position of a board member. They’re hearing bits and pieces,” Silsbee said. Some other school districts that went through the same hiring process with the California School Boards Association had longer hiring time frames and more community meetings. In addition to a town-hall meeting, the Santa Barbara School District’s school board mailed home information about the hiring process to parents. Also, a survey was posted online for several weeks that sought information from residents about what they were looking for in a superintendent, said Lynn Rodriguez, then board president. Rodriguez said reports compiled by the consultant – from interviews to questionnaires – were made public. She said the board was criticized for spending money on a search if members knew they were going to hire from within. But she said the payoff came from information gathered by the consultant from residents and teachers that helped shape the superintendent’s contract and the district’s future. “We are in a community where the community very much wants to be involved and help control things,” Rodriguez said. “We never do anything without lots of public discussion.” The search at Sierra Sands Unified School District in Ridgecrest also went smoothly when Superintendent Joanna Rummer was hired from within. The district had a widely publicized community forum that was advertised in newspapers, said Jane Brooks, assistant to the superintendent. However, residents were quite familiar already with Rummer before her hire. She grew up in the area and worked in the district for 20 years before becoming superintendent, Brooks said. Gibson has worked for Castaic since 2004. He previously worked in the Glendale School District. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “While I think Mr. Gibson is qualified, I’m not 100 percent sure he’s the most qualified person in the entire world,” said John Kunak, board member. A consultant was hired by the board in December to conduct the superintendent search through the California School Boards Association. The hiring process can be conducted on different levels – from limiting the search to inside the district or going countrywide. The larger the search, the bigger the cost. The board approved the smallest search, which was contained to the school district and cost $6,000. Castaic isn’t the only district that hasn’t looked past its administration for a new superintendent. In fact there have been eight other superintendent searches done this way in the state since this process began last year, said Richard Loveall, director of Executive Search Services, a division of the California School Boards Association. In the end, not one of those eight superintendent searches ever advanced further than their school districts. Loveall said boards who choose this level of searching already have someone in mind for the position who is employed in house. He said it wasn’t an unusual approach, because most boards want someone already familiar with the workings of the district and the community it serves.