The Lakers star improved to 37-10 on the closing occasions, extending his streak to five-game winning streak in this situation. And LA ended the longest cold snap in team history without making it to the round that determines a spot in the NBA Finals.
Facing a uniquely structured Houston team that traded center Clint Capela mid-season to move all-in as coach Mike D’Antoni’s small ball approach, LA defeated the Rockets to their own match as the series unfolded.
LA took control by turning to Markieff Morris as the big starting man in place of JaVale McGee from the half-time of Game 3 until the end of the series and dominated.
Morris had 16 shooting points 6 for 7 in Game 5 and 4 for 4 in 3 points. LA beat the away Rockets as a team on Saturday, going 19 to 37 to 3 (51.4%) to 13 to 49 (26.5%) in Houston.
The Lakers will wait for the LA Clippers-Denver Nuggets series winner – whom the Clippers lead 3-2 ahead of Sunday’s Game 6 – to see if Los Angeles’ first-ever NBA Cities Series takes place in the Florida bubble or if. the Lakers will face the Nuggets in a rematch of the 2009 Conference Finals.