OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — James Harden scored 31 points and led six of his teammates into double figures and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-100 in Game 5 of their NBA playoffs first round series on Wednesday night.
Harden, who tied the playoff record of 7-for-7 from three point, ended with 7-for-7 from that range in his 10-for-16 shooting from the field.
The former Thunder star also grabbed eight rebounds for the Rockets, which won two straight to cut the series to 3-2.
Omer Asik, who was constantly being fouled late in the game, added 21 points and 11 rebounds in the win for Houston.
In an attempt to stop the Rockets from scoring Thunder players constantly fouled Asik, who found a rhythm to 9-for-14 during that stage to end with 13-for-18 from the free throw line.
Francisco Garcia added 18 points, Patrick Beverley added 14, while Chandler Parsons and Aaron Brooks each had 10.
Kevin Durant paced the Oklahoma City Thunder with a game high 36 points to go along with his seven rebounds and seven assists.
Reggie Jackson added 20 points and Serge Ibaka finished with 14 points and nine boards in the defeat.
Kevin Martin was very disappointing on the night, going 1-for-10 in the loss.
Game 6 of the series is in Houston on Friday.