James Harden

Rockets determined to play better in conference semis

James Harden and the Houston Rockets are feeling great heading into the Western Conference semifinals for one big reason.

They don't believe they played well so far despite downing the Russell Westbrook-led Thunder 4-1 in the first round.

"That's what's exciting," Harden said. "We can play 10-times better, especially offensively."

Houston will face either San Antonio or Memphis in the second round. The Spurs lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 on Thursday.

The Rockets set an NBA record by making 1,181 3-pointers and led the league with 14.4 3s a game during the regular season. That sharp-shooting hasn't translated into the postseason, where they...

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