Houston, Texas,USA: The Houston Rockets defeated Minnesota Timberwolves, 122-104, closing out their first-round series 4-1, in Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs Western Conference First Round – at the Toyota Center in Houston, Wednesday .
Derrick Rose and Jamal Crawford helped the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 10 point lead over the Rockets early in the 1st half but the Rockets cut the deficit and the half ended 59-55 (advantage Minnesota) with Minnesota shooting 70% from 3 point range.
Minnesota’s Jeff Teague led all scorers in the 1st half with 14 points and 5 assists.
Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1st half
For the Rockets, in the first half, Clint Capela and Trevor Ariza had 13 points with Capela adding 8 rebounds and Ariza had 3 three points made.
James Harden and Chris Paul both had a quiet Ist half as 37 of Rockets 55 1st half points came from Capela, Ariza and Eric Gordon.
After a slow first half, the Rockets began the third quarter with an 8-0 run to go on top 65-61.
The Rockets led 85-74 going into the fourth quarter with James Harden scoring 15 points in the third on 5-of-9 shooting. James Harden had only 5 points in the first half.
With 3 minutes remaining, Rockets already had 17 3-pointers (five by P.J. Tucker), their fourth-consecutive game with at least 15 to tie the Cavaliers’ post-season record.
The game ended 122-104, Rockets win with Clint Capela leading all scorers with 26 points, 15 rebound, 2 steals, 2 blocks while Harden ended with 24 points, 12 assists, Chris Paul: 12 points, 9 assists and Eric Gordon: 19 points
Houston shot 18 of 44 from long distance and only committed five turnovers.
James Harden on series win: “This is a pretty good step in the right direction, but we got a long way to go.”
For Minnesota, Towns had 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds and four assists in Game 5.
The Rockets will get some rest before the next round – Western Conference semifinals – when they’ll play the winner of the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder series.