Highlights: Rockets beat Thunder in Game 5
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.
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.
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.
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.