Video: LeBron James Nearly Ends Austin Rivers After Getting Ball Thrown at His Head - Lakers Daily

Video: LeBron James Nearly Ends Austin Rivers After Getting Ball Thrown at His Head

LeBron James Austin Rivers

Houston Rockets fans were hoping their team would show poise and be competitive facing elimination in Game 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Instead, the Rockets went out with a whimper, 119-96, and they showed plenty of frustration in garbage time.

After Houston guard Austin Rivers was called for a foul against LeBron James, the son of Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers threw the ball at James, and the four-time MVP admonished him.

After the Rockets won Game 1 by 15 points, it looked like the series would be very competitive.

Instead, the Lakers won the next four contests, and the possibility of a close series disappeared very fast.

L.A. came out of the blocks early in the first quarter, and before the Rockets could even blink, they were down 31-11.

They made a slight run early in the third quarter, but James and company re-extended the lead and put the game out of reach.

The Lakers will now move on to play either the Clippers or the Denver Nuggets for a spot in the NBA Finals.