Pat Beverley was sick and James Harden couldn’t score.
Despite early foul trouble, Dwight Howard had himself quite a Game 5 as the Rockets beat the Blazers, 108-98 to force Game 6 in Portland on Friday night.
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 had an impressive first half off the bench in Game 5 against the Blazers at Toyota Center on Wednesday night.
Both teams are off to a fast start in Game 5 of the Rockets-Blazers at Toyota Center, but it was the Rockets that brought the house down with these back-to-back plays in the first quarter.