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Rockets beat Thunder in Game 7 to advance in Western Conference playoffs

Houston will take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the next round. Game 1 will be Friday at the NBA Bubble in Florida.
Credit: AP
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) celebrates after blocking a 3-point shot attempt by Oklahoma City Thunder's Luguentz Dort (5) during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — James Harden made up for a miserable shooting night with a big blocked shot, Russell Westbrook scored 20 points against his former team and the Houston Rockets edged the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-102 in Game 7 of their first-round series.

The Rockets pulled out a tense final game of the first round that lasted long past the final basket as replays and fouls were sorted out.

In the end, Houston prevailed to set up a second-round matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers that begins Friday despite Harden, the NBA’s leading scorer, going 4-for-15 from the field.