Houston Rockets lift James Harden in key win

The Houston Rockets’ depth was on full display in one of the organization’s biggest wins in franchise history. In a virtual must-win Game 5 at home, a slew of players helped Houston overcome the Golden State Warriors juggernaut.

The Rockets are now one win away from the NBA Finals.

James Harden, the likely MVP Award winner, suffered through his worst game of the season–shooting just 5-for-21 from the field. Mike D’Antoni’s system and Daryl Morey’s roster were on full display, though.

Eric Gordon showed why he’s one of the best bench players in the league, pouring in 24 points, and Trevor Ariza and P.J. Tucker further proved the value of the 3-and-D player in the modern NBA.

These are not Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns. Houston has limited the high-powered Golden State offense to fewer than 100 points in two straight games–both wins.

"We’re hungry," Gordon told USA Today Sports. "That’s no question. We want it bad. We really do. We want it bad. I’m not going to say we want it more than them, but I’ll tell you, we’re desperate. We didn’t even play a good game tonight, and we won.

The Western Conference Finals have surely tested Houston’s resolve. After a demoralizing 41-point loss in Game 3, the team has responded with two wins against one of the most talented squads in NBA history.

Game 6 will take place at Oracle Arena on Saturday night. If Golden State emerges victorious, the series will return to Houston’s Toyota Center for Game 7 on Monday night.

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