Rockets shut down Westbrook in 4th to take series 4-1

James Harden and the Houston Rockets are not shooting the ball very well, but they're still better than Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets contained Westbrook in the fourth quarter, holding him to 2-11 shooting, to go on to the 105-99 Game 5 win, taking the first round series 4-1. Westbrook went nuts in the third quarter, hitting 6-9 shots for 20 points, but he was completely contained in the final period, as was the case in just about every game in the series. James Harden scored 34 points to lead the Rockets while Lou Williams came up big off the bench, adding 22. Patrick Beverley was huge, scoring 15 points to go with eight rebounds and continuing to bother Westbrook. Nene Hilario was his usual strong self in this series, going 5-8 for 14 points and seven boards. But the Rockets continue to flounder from three-point range, shooting just 6-37 from distance. They will play the Spurs or Grizzlies in the second round, with San Antonio currently holding a 3-2 lead in that series. The Rockets are going to have to play much better if they want to do any damage in the semifinals.

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MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017
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FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017
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