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The Rockets claimed the first of two in Portland, 121-116 in overtime, led by James Harden with 37 points. The series’ third OT game ended in a 123-120 Blazers win.

The Blazers have been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for their last six trips. The team hasn’t advanced since 2000, when Portland made it to the Western Conference finals, losing in seven games to the Lakers.

Blazers center Robin Lopez doesn’t believe the Blazers have lost their edge with the Game 5 loss.

“I think we may have underestimated how desperate they were going to come out,” he said. “I’m excited for Game 6 and I know that they will come out with a greater level of intensity and confidence and we will have to try and match it, overcome it.”

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