Instant replay: Rockets beat Blazers, extend series

Instant replay: Rockets beat Blazers, extend series
April 30, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Finally, the Rockets not only built a big lead, but held on to win, capturing Game 5, 108-98 to stave off elimination and force a Game 6 in Portland on Friday. Jeremy Lin was the catalyst off the bench for the Rockets, scoring 21 points, easily setting a new playoff career high. Dwight Howard once again was outstanding in the low post, scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

Omer Asik, who fouled out, did a tremendous job on LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored just eight points on 3-of-12 shooting. Aldridge scored 46 and 43 points respectively in the first two games in Houston, both victories for the Blazers.

Houston was able to build its largest lead of the series, when it first put together a 15-0 run from late in the first quarter to go up 14 points, then after the Blazers cut that lead down to 44-34, the Rockets scored their next seven points off a trio of great plays. First, Lin missed a 3-pointer but completely shook his man on a cut around the defense for a reverse layup. Parsons followed with a big slam and Lin finished it off with the first of his two first half 3-pointers.

As has been the case for the entire series, the Blazers had an answer, closing the first half on a 14-5 run to trail 56-48 at the half. Houston played the final 8:29 of the first half with Howard on the bench with three fouls. The lead was 12 when he went to the bench, rose to 17, but as mentioned, did drop to just eight at the half.

The game was over when
The Rockets finally answered the bell in the fourth quarter, outscoring Portland in the fourth quarter for the first time in the series and closed out a game they led by double figures.

Highlight of the night
Jeremy Lin had a pair of them -- twice while the Rockets were trying to hang onto some momentum, he buried long desperation jumpers, both with hands right in his face.

Numbers of the night
Houston held the lead for the final 37:46 of the game.

Next up
Houston and Portland now travel to Portland for Game 6 on Friday night at 9:30 p.m.