LeBron James powers Los Angeles Lakers into Western Conference finals

James had 29 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 7 assists in the Lakers' 119-96 Game 5 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) directs the offense during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets Saturday.   -  AP

LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated the Houston Rockets from the NBA playoffs with a 119-96 victory in Game 5 on Saturday at the NBA bubble near Orlando.

Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points, Markieff Morris added 16 and Danny Green chipped in 14 for the Lakers. Anthony Davis contributed 13 points and 11 boards but committed six turnovers.

James Harden had 30 points, six rebounds and five assists and Jeff Green finished with 13 points off the bench for the Rockets. Russell Westbrook had 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.


It's the Lakers first trip to the Western Conference finals in 10 years. It will meet the winner of the series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets.

Like it did against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, the Lakers dropped Game 1 of the series and then won four in a row.

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The Lakers, which led by as much as 30, seized control of the game in the third quarter. A bucket by Harden allowed Houston to creep within 65-59 but Los Angeles answered with a 18-2 surge after a putback dunk by Davis made it 83-61 with 5:01 left in the third.


The Lakers carried a 95-69 lead into the fourth quarter. It outscored the Rockets 33-18 in the third. The Lakers bolted out of the gate. It led by as many as 22 points in the first quarter before taking a 35-20 lead heading into the second quarter.

But the Rockets rallied, cutting the deficit to seven after a jumper by Westbrook capped an 8-0 run to open the second quarter.

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However, the Lakers increased the lead again to double digits and took a 62-51 advantage at the break. James and Harden each scored 19 points in the first half.

The Lakers outshot the Rockets 52.7 percent to 37.1 percent. Los Angeles converted 19 of 37 3-pointers to 13 of 49 for Houston.

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