James Harden and Houston Rockets did not look like an eighth seed Wednesday night as they staved off elimination for the second game in a row and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder by the score of 107-100 on the road. With the win, Houston cut the Thunder lead in their NBA playoffs series to 3-2.
Harden made his first seven shots from the beyond the arc as he lit up Oklahoma City for 31 points to lead the Rockets to victory.
With that said, Houston had plenty of offense as Omer Asik posted a double-double with 21 points and 11 boards, and Francisco Garcia sank five three-pointers for 18 points. Rookie Patrick Beverley added 14 points, while Chandler Parsons and Aaron Brooks both put up 10 points each.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 36 points for the Thunder, but he went scoreless during the fourth quarter. He missed all five shots that he took in the final quarter, on top of picking up a technical foul with only 22.5 seconds remaining in the game for complaining to the officials.
James Harden and Houston Rockets now travel back home to try and even up the series in Game 6, which will be played on Friday night.