NBA highlights: Rockets beats Thunder

Highlights of Tuesday's National Basketball Association games.

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) reacts after a turnover during the first half in Game 5 of the first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City Thunder, on Tuesday.   -  AP

Rockets 105, Thunder 99

Lou Williams scored 10 points during an opening burst in the fourth quarter, and James Harden finished with a team-high 34 points as Houston Rockets rallied for a 105-99 victory over Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night to claim its Western Conference first-round playoff series in five games.

Williams opened the fourth with two free throws and added three more from the line plus a deep 3-pointer that pushed Houston’s lead to 86-81. Rockets once again made progress with Thunder's Russell Westbrook on the bench, holding onto its lead even after Westbrook re-entered the game with 9:09 left.

Westbrook amassed 47 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists but shot 2 of 11 in the final period - 0 for 5 from behind the 3-point arc - after carrying Thunder to the lead in the third. None of his team-mates finished with more than 11 points.

Harden shot 16 of 17 from the free-throw line. Williams totalled 22 points, while guard Patrick Beverley added 15 points and eight rebounds. Eric Gordon and Nene combined for 22 points off the bench as Rockets' reserves posted a 44-22 edge over Thunder's bench.

Spurs 116, Grizzlies 103

Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Patty Mills added 20 and Tony Parker 16 as San Antonio took a 3-2 lead on Memphis in its Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Mills, the backup point guard, made five 3-pointers - four in the fourth quarter - while finishing with a career best for scoring in the playoffs. LaMarcus Aldridge added 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds for Spurs. Mike Conley scored 17 of his 26 points in the third quarter for Memphis, which trailed by 18 late in the third quarter before going on a 17-3 run. Marc Gasol added 17 points for Grizzlies.