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Lakers-Rockets: Los Angleles Blasts Houston in Game Five, Reclaims Series Lead

Published by on May 13, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Not only did the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers switch cities after Game Four of their Western semifinal series, they switched games.

Game Four in Houston was all Rockets, as they sped off to a 17-4 lead and never looked back to knot the series at two games apiece.

But tonight, in Game Five at the Staples Center, it was a game of runs for the Lakers in their 118-78 wipeout of the Rockets.

After the Rockets jumped out to a seven-point lead, the Lakers closed out the first quarter on a 23-6 run to take a 35-24 lead.

In the second quarter, the Lakers went on a 17-6 run and extended their lead to 64-39 at halftime on 19 fastbreak points. Kobe Bryant, who only had 15 points in all of Game F...

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