The Rockets are heading to the Western Conference semifinals for the third time in four years. Houston outscored the Timberwolves by 22 in the second half to pull away for a 122-104 win at the Toyota Center in Game Five of their first-round series. The Rockets won the best-of-seven matchup, 4-1. James Harden put up 24 points and 12 assists, while Clint Capela had 26 points and 15 rebounds. Houston awaits the winner of the Jazz-Thunder series. Karl-Anthony Towns totaled 23 points and 14 boards in the season-ending defeat. It was Minnesota's first playoff appearance since 2003-04.
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