It wasn’t the prettiest matchup, but the Houston Rockets got it done.
James Harden scored 26 points and made the key defensive play in the final minute as the Rockets beat the Utah Jazz 100-93 in Game 5 on Wednesday, advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals with a 4-1 series victory.
At Toyota Center after the Rockets closed it out, MK Bower of Field Level Media joins me to discuss:
James Harden’s strange game and first-half struggles
How Harden rebounded offensively and contributed in other ways
Eric Gordon’s impact in this series on both ends of the floor
Shutting down Donovan Mitchell
PJ Tucker’s defensive intensity
Previewing a (likely) Rockets-Warriors second-round matchup
The OKC-Portland series
How media and fans have turned on Russell Westbrook and what the Thunder should do moving forward