Rockets outlast Thunder, force Game 6

Rockets outlast Thunder, force Game 6
May 2, 2013, 12:15 am
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Highlights: Rockets beat Thunder in Game 5

BOX SCORE

OKLAHOMA CITY -- It was win or go home. It became win and go home.

The Rockets survive through Game 5 and now go home to play Game 6. Final score 107-100.

They’re still one game away from losing the series, but now things are back to what they were home-court wise.

James Harden had a huge effort coming off being sick, scoring 31 points, including 7-for-9 three-point shooting. Francisco Garcia had a gutsy 18 points and three assists. And Patrick Beverley played fearlessly in the wake of being Public Enemy Numero Uno in Oklahoma City.

TURNING POINT
Again, the Rockets rode a quick start to the third quarter. Thing is, OKC came back and threatened the lead late in the third, at one point cutting the 16-point lead to seven.

Houston responded by closing out the third on a mini-run to lead it again by double digits, 87-75 after three. It cannot be stated enough how important it was for the Rockets to withstand that Thunder run.
 
FROM THE FIELD
The Rockets shot 34-for-72 from the field for 47.2 percent. From distance, they shot 14-35 (40 percent). Harden led the three-point way, going 7-for-9. Garcia wasn’t too shabby here either, going 6-14.
 
AT THE LINE
The Rockets didn’t start so well here, but finished the game a decent 25-37 from the stripe (67.6 percent).

The Thunder tried to send Omer Asik to the line in the fourth quarter and it backfired. Asik finished the game 13-for-18 from the line.
 
HIGHLIGHT REEL
In the first quarter, Garcia dished on the drive down low to a wide-open Asik for a dunk. Chandler Parsons had a driving dunk to start the second half. Asik also had a slam in the third quarter. Aaron Brooks had a sweet dish to Asik for another flush.
 
UP NEXT
The Rockets now head home for a Game 6, one step away from tying the series and having a Game 7 free-for-all. Game 6 takes place on Friday night at the Toyota Center.

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