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NBA Playoffs Roundup: Rockets Advance, Spurs Put Grizzlies On The Ropes

NBA Playoffs Roundup: Rockets Advance, Spurs Put Grizzlies On The Ropes

Russell Westbrook was his usual self but nothing that the Houston Rockets couldn’t handle.

James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped Houston overcome a 47-point game by Westbrook to get a victory over Oklahoma City, 105-99, to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

The Thunder head home a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals after Houston took this series 4-1.

The Rockets used a 5-1 run, with all their points coming on free throws, to pull away from the Thunder and make it 98-91. Victor Oladipo threw a pass about 5 feet above Westbrook’s head and out of bounds on the next possession and Harden made a layup on the other end with about 3 minutes left.

The Rockets began eating up the clock after that and Oklahoma City missed shot after shot that could have closed the gap.

Spurs 116, Grizzlies 103

Kawhi Leonard had 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs rebounded from two discouraging road losses to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-103 on Tuesday night and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.

San Antonio shot 14 for 28 on 3-point attempts, two off its postseason record, including 5-for-7 shooting by Patty Mills.

Mills finished with 20 points and Tony Parker added 16.

Mike Conley had 26 points and Marc Gasol added 17 for the Grizzlies, who have lost nine straight postseason games in San Antonio.

With each team winning on its homecourt, Game 6 is Thursday night in Memphis

Photo: USATSI

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