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2009 NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Semifinals, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets, Game 5

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2009 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets

Series Index:

Game 1: Rockets 100, Lakers 92 at L.A.   Game recap & pictures
Game 2: Lakers 111, Rockets 98 at L.A.   Game recap & pictures
Game 3: Lakers 108, Rockets 94 at Houston   Game recap & pictures
Game 4: Rockets 99, Lakers 87 at Houston   Game recap & pictures
Game 5: Lakers 118, Rockets 78 at L.A. Game recap & pictures
Game 6: Rockets 95, Lakers 80 at Houston   Game recap & pictures
Game 7: Lakers 89, Rockets 70 at L.A.   Game recap & pictures

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Los Angeles Lakers 3 - 2 Houston Rockets

GAME 5: L.A. Lakers 118 - Houston Rockets 78

Better late than never, the Lakers rout the Rockets.

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 26 Gasol: 13 Farmar: 6
Rockets Brooks: 14 Scola: 13 Scola/Lowry: 4
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 35 29 30 24 118
HOU 24 15 15 24 78
click for Lakers 2009 Playoff pictures (LA Daily News), Western Conference Semifinals vs. Houston Rockets Game 5
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May 12 - STAPLES CENTER - LOS ANGELES. Finally, one game later than expected the Lakers did what they were supposed to do, completely dominated the Yao Ming-less Rockets with a 118-78 rout and took a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

The 40-point margin tied Houston’s worst playoff loss ever and for the Lakers it was the biggest in the postseason since 1986. This time things worked so well that even Andrew Bynum did a good contribution with 14 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. The young center started and Lamar Odom had limited minutes coming from the bench due to a hard fall in game 4. Kobe Bryant rebounded from a poor performance and had 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in just 3 quarters of play while Pau Gasol ended with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks in 32 minutes.

The Rockets opened the first quarter with a 13-6 lead but this time Yao's undersized replacement Chuck Hayes couldn't do much against Bynum and Gasol. Ariza's dunk after a fastbreak tied it at 18 with 5:20 left and the Lakers closed the period with a 17-6 for a 35-24 lead that included 12 points by Kobe. Then the Lakers mounted a show, holding the Rockets to only 15 points in each of the second and third quarters and outscoring them 59-30 in those periods to go to the fourth 94-54, a 40-point lead that the reserves preserved until the end.

Aaron Brooks who scored a career-high 34 on game 4 was held to 14 points on 4-for-11 shooting and Ron Artest had another bad night going 4-of-15 for 9 points. They were just part of the Rockets problem who as a team shot only 32 percent, including a horrible 5-for-29 (.172) from beyond the 3-point line.

The Quotes

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "We've got to stay focused and understand that the effort we gave tonight is not going to be enough on Thursday. It's just not, we're not playing some chump team. I don't care how many people they have out. This is a tough team, it's a tough team full of competitors". About Bynum: " "I was very happy, he was playing with the skills I like to see from Andrew"

Rick Adelman (Rockets Coach): "We played just the opposite we did the last game, we turned it over in the first half, shot it poorly. We said if we turn it over against this team we're going to be in big trouble. That's exactly what we did."

Ron Artest (Rockets): "There are seven games. That is the great thing about the playoffs. It is not like football where there is one game, so you can only stay positive."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Houston Rockets
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 26 4 3 1 1  
Pau Gasol 16 13 3 1 3  
Andrew Bynum 14 6 - - -  
Trevor Ariza 13 2 3 3 -  
Jordan Farmar 12 2 6 1 -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Aaron Brooks 14 1 2 - -  
Von Wafer 13 - 2 - -  
Luis Scola 12 13 4 - -  
Ron Artest 9 4 1 1 1  
Carl Landry 9 3 - - 1  

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