Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/2/13
James Harden scored 31 points and sank seven 3-pointers while fighting through flu-like symptoms, and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-100 Wednesday night to pull within 3-2 in their first-round playoff series. Harden made the first seven 3s he tried and Houston led by as many as 16 before fending off a rally that Oklahoma City helped stymie with its own strategy. The Thunder, apparently doubting they could overcome an eight-point lead on their home court without Russell Westbrook, resorted to intentionally fouling Omer Asik - a 54 percent career foul shooter - with 5:33 to play. Asik went 8 for 12 from the line, extending Houston's lead to 101-92 with 3:53 remaining before Oklahoma City gave up the tactic. Kevin Durant finished with 36 points for Oklahoma City, which must now travel to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night. The Rockets played without starting point guard Jeremy Lin for the second straight game because of a bruised chest muscle. Key reserve Ca...
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