Houston’s season is not history yet. Instead, the Rockets’ quest for NBA history is still alive. The Rockets beat host Oklahoma City 107-100 on Wednesday in Game 5 of the Western Conference opening round. The Rockets pulled within 3-2 in the series and come back home for Game 6 on Friday. “The beauty of this group of kids — young men — is that they fight,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said of the youngest team in the NBA playoffs. “I’m really proud of the guys. … This is a great experience.” The Rockets became the 14th team in NBA history to force a Game 6 after being down 3-0. There have been 109 series start 3-0. No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the series. James Harden led a balanced effort for the Rockets with 31 points. He made his first seven 3-point attempts. Kevin Durant scored 36 for the Thunder, but he was held scoreless in the fourth quarter of a playoff game for the first time in his career. Omer Asik had 21 points for the Rockets and was 13-of-18 from the free-throw line. The Thunder utilized a hack-Asik theory in the fourth quarter, fouling him intentionally to try to cut into the Rockets’ lead. But Asik fired back and made 9-of-14 free throws in that stretch.
"Hack-Asik" fails, Rockets beat Thunder 107-100 in Game 5
Houston Chronicle | May 2