The Los Angeles Lakers advance to the Western Conference Finals after eliminating the Houston Rockets in five games.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers raced out to a first first-quarter lead and that was all it took to put the Houston Rockets down in their pursuit of extending the series to a sixth game.
The Lakers beat the Rockets, 119-96. They now await the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Denver Nuggets. The Clippers hold a 3-2 series lead and look to eliminate the Nuggets in Sunday’s Game 6.
LeBron looked like his vintage self with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the victors. Anthony Davis contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds on an off night for the All-Star big man who had six turnovers on the night. Kyle Kuzma chipped in with 17 points off the bench.
For the Rockets, this loss could signal a massive reset for the organization that has routinely come close but has failed to get to the next step toward winning an NBA championship.
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Harden finished with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists but the numbers were largely hollow as the rest of his supporting cast couldn’t keep pace with the Lakers who are hell-bent on getting to the NBA Finals.
Westbrook was disappointing in what may be his final game in a Rockets uniform, finishing with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists on 4-of-13 shooting.