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Rockets Force Game 5 Behind Harden’s 45

The Houston Rockets aren’t done yet. Behind 45 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks from guard James Harden, the Rockets are forcing a game five with their 128-115 win over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. This is the first time the Rockets have beat the Rockets all season, as they are now 1-7 overall against Golden State.

Along with Harden, the Rockets received other solid and great games. Josh Smith finished the game with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists which included 7-8 shooting from the field and 3-4 from three-point range. Dwight Howard put up a double-double, with 14 points and 12 rebounds which included 2 blocks. Trevor Ariza had 17 points and 5 rebounds, and Terrence Jones contributed 14 points and 5 rebounds backing up Josh Smith on the bench in the Rockets winning effort.

For the Warriors, they suffered a scary moment when Stephen Curry hit his head on the ground hard and barley broke his fall. Curry however, returned to the game and scored 23 points with 4 assists in 30 minutes of action. Draymond Green posted yet another double-double, with 21 points and 15 rebounds that included 5 blocks and 4 assists. The other splash brother, Klay Thompson, finished the game with 24 points and 3 rebounds. Both Leandro Barbosa and Andre Iguodala scored in double figures off the bench, as Barbosa scored 12 points with 2 rebounds and 2 assists while Iguodala scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals between the Rockets and Warriors is on Wednesday.

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