Russell Westbrook
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The Houston Rockets took a commanding 80-114 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take the lead in the series (3-2). The Rockets allowed just 35 points in the second half in Russell Westbrook’s debut with the team in the playoffs and got it going in the offense to get an easy win.

Westbrook, who faced his former team, stayed in the court for 23 minutes getting seven points, seven assists and six rebounds. Harden led all scorers with 31 shooting 73% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc.

Also, Covington added 22 along with seven rebounds and six threes. For OKC, that lost control of the game in the second half, Dennis Schroder had 19, all in the first half, as he got ejected in the third quarter, after an altercation with Pj Tucker, who was also ejected.

The teams will meet again on a few days for Game 6 of the series. The Rockets need one more win to advance to the second round.