Rockets win Game 5 to stave off elimination

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HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets finally looked like the team who earned the second seed in the Western Conference as they handily beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-103 in Game 5 of the their best of seven series.

The Rockets had six players score in double figures as they were led by James Harden who recorded a triple double in the win. Harden scored 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had 10 assists. Center Dwight Howard added 20 points and 15 rebounds while guard Trevor Ariza chipped in with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and three steals.

After beating the Rockets by a combined 58 points in the previous two games, the Clippers showed no ability to close out Houston as seemingly only Blake Griffin and Chris Paul showed up ready to play. Griffin scored 30 while Paul added 22.

The Clippers still lead the series 3-2 and will look to close out the series on Thursday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.