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WATCH: LeBron James and James Harden Share a Heartwarming Gesture After Game 5

WATCH: LeBron James and James Harden Share a Heartwarming Gesture After Game 5

The Houston Rockets entered the conference semis after winning a closely fought game 7 against the OKC. In the first three games against the Lakers, the Rockets were a dominant force in the initial three-quarters of each of those games. However, the story reversed post that, as LeBron James and his men bounced back.

Interestingly, the Rockets kept scoring in descending order against the Lakers as they went 112, 109, 102, 100, 96 in the round 2. In Game 5, the Lakers finally sought revenge after losing the August 6 seeding game 97-113 when James Harden shined and LeBron James did not play. 

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks against the Houston Rockets in game 5.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dunks the ball against the Houston Rockets in game five of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When LeBron James and James Harden shared a respectful hug

The Akron had a glorious night. In fact, he is having those in almost every post-season game now. He shot triple three-pointers at an accuracy of 37.5%, 29 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals. The Beard was not far behind as the scoring machine had yet another 30-point night with 60% FG accuracy and a 100% conversion of 4 FTs

At the beginning of the game, at one instance, LeBron fell off-the-court blocking James Harden. After the game ended, the same LeBron went on to Harden to speak some words of respect.

The Rockets were in single digits for more than half of the first quarter, trailing 7-23 at one point. Their last two games have been painfully slow for them, especially in the first half where the offense seemed weak. This lagging cost them the series.

The Lakers bench that finally showed resilience

The last two games have been amazing for the Lakers because their bench has come out as winners. The last game saw a phenomenal all-round performance from Alex Caruso and a double-double from the dependable Rajon Rondo. 

The Los Angeles Lakers players celebrate the victory against the Houston Rockets.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, head coach Frank Vogel (middle), and forward LeBron James celebrate after defeating the Houston Rockets. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In Game 5, center Markieff Morris did wonders. He scored 16 points, with FG% of 85.7 and 4/4 from the downtown. Now, this came as a relief for the Lakers camp, who were otherwise too much relied on the star duo. The Lakers tamed Russell Westbrook, and that more or less became an edge for them in this series-sealing victory.

The franchise will next face a Herculean task to play either LA Clippers or the Denver Nuggets. That’ll be a great battle to watch next!

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