Rockets vs. Lakers score: Los Angeles leads Houston to Western Conference Finals in Game 5


The Los Angeles Lakers took care of business on Saturday night. Jumping to a 22-point lead in the first quarter, they won the Houston Rockets 119–96 in Game 5 of their second-round series. With the win, they won the series 4–1 to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2010.

LeBron James wasn’t messing around this one, finishing with 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven dominant performances. The other big story for the Lakers was their 3-point shooting, as they knocked out 19 shots from downtown, setting a new franchise record.

James Harden kept his point, recording 30 points, six rebounds and five assists, but it was nowhere near enough for the Rockets. They got off to a terrific start, and although they scored late in the second quarter and early in the third, they completely collapsed at that point. He shot just 37.1 percent from the field, and rolled the ball in defeat 12 times.

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