Lin, Howard Power Houston to Game 5 Win, Rockets Cut Series Lead by Portland

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By James Patrick Quizon | May 1, 2014 2:25 PM EST

The Houston Rockets faced elimination on Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. With backs against the wall, they turned to the trio of Jeremy Lin, Dwight Howard and James Harden to notch the 108-98 victory in Game 5 of their first round series in the Western Conference Playoffs.

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NBA: Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets

Lin scored 21 points, majority of which in the 3rd quarter even as Harden (17 points and 7 assists) and Howard (22 points, 14 rebounds) made some crucial plays in the payoff period to help the Rockets get the victory that cut down the series lead, 2-3. The Rockets have another chance to extend the series on Friday for Game 6 of the best-of-seven affair,

Omer Asik added 10 points and 15 rebounds and more importantly helped incontaining LaMarcus Aldridge who missed 9-of-12 attempts for just 8 points. Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard had 27 and 26 points, respectively for Portland. 

View the slideshow for more images from Game 5 of the Trail Blazers-Rockets series.


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