NBA Playoffs: Houston Rockets keep LA Lakers at bay to take opening game

James Harden scored 36 points, and the Houston Rockets surprised the Los Angeles Lakers in a 112-97 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference semi-final on Friday at the NBA bubble near Orlando.

Game leaders

Houston Rockets

  • Points: James Harden – 36
  • Assists: Russell Westbrook – 6
  • Rebounds: Russell Westbrook – 9


Los Angeles Lakers

  • Points: Anthony Davis – 25
  • Assists: LeBron James – 7
  • Rebounds: Anthony Davis – 14


Rockets/Lakers lead series 1-0

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Harden converted 12-of-20 shots from the floor, including 3-of-6 three-pointers. Russell Westbrook contributed 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Eric Gordon had 23 points for the Rockets.

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