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Lakers Advance To Western Conference Finals After Blowout Win In Game 5

(via TalkBasket)

(via TalkBasket)

In Round 1, the Lakers silenced all the doubters by completing a gentleman's sweep over the Portland Trail Blazers. Today, the Lakers handled the Rockets in a similar fashion, winning four in a row following their Game 1 loss.

After taking an early lead tonight, the Lakers never looked back and finished with a 30 point lead over a Rockets team who were disgruntled, outmatched, and outplayed from the opening tip.

With the Lakers headed to their first Conference Finals in about a decade, and the Rockets headed home early for yet another season, Twitter was buzzing with reactions and analysis from the fans and media.

James Harden led all scorers with 30 points on 60% shooting while LeBron was the guy for L.A. with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists.

The Lakers are set to face off against the winner of the Nuggets/Clippers series, which may be decided as soon as tomorrow night.

As for the Rockets, their lethargic performance was not a good way to end the series and could signal some major changes this offseason. Nobody quite knows what their roster will look like this time next year. Losing to L.A. could have been the final nail in the coffin of what was already a dire situation.