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Rockets back in conference finals first 1st time since '97


By KRISTIE RIEKEN
Posted May 17 2015 8:04PM

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets are heading to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 18 years after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Los Angeles Clippers.

"It's the ultimate confidence-booster," James Harden said. "There's only a handful of teams that's done that. We fought back. We fought three really hard games and came away with it."

Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Rockets never trailed in a 113-100 victory over the Clippers on Sunday, sending them to the conference finals for the first time since 1997.

It's the ninth time in NBA history that a team has overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win a playoff series.

The Rockets overcame a 19-point third-quarter deficit in Game 6 on Thursday night to stay alive. No such heroics were needed Sunday when they were up by 17 after three and Howard opened the fourth quarter with a 3-point play to push it to 88-68.

"When you're down 19 on the road, it's easy to give in and just say, `Maybe next year,"' Harden said. "But I think the injuries throughout the entire year kind of made us fight through adversity no matter what. We always find a way to fight, and another case was being down 3-1."

Blake Griffin scored five points in a 9-0 run to cut the lead to eight points with less than 2 1/2 minutes remaining. Harden made a pair of free throws after that, but a dunk by DeAndre Jordan got the Clippers within eight again. This time, Trevor Ariza hit a 3 from the corner to secure the victory.

Howard was nervous until Ariza hit the final 3 and worried the Clippers might be the ones to orchestrate an unlikely comeback this time.

"Please, we can't let them pull an us on us," Howard said he was thinking during their late run.

Griffin had 27 points and Chris Paul had 26 points and 10 assists.

The Western Conference finals begin Tuesday night at Golden State.

Ariza finished with 22 points and made six 3-pointers.

Every fan in the arena was given a red shirt emblazoned with the words "Clutch City" in yellow letters, bringing back the moniker of the 1994 and `95 teams that won back-to-back titles. These Rockets lived up to the nickname, winning their third straight game to become the first team to win a playoff series after trailing 3-1 since the Phoenix Suns did it in 2006 against the Lakers.

After taking a two-game lead after four games the Clippers looked destined to be heading to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history. But they failed in all three chances to put Houston away and are now left to ponder their collapse as they head home early yet again.

"It's disappointing," Griffin said. "We were close, but close doesn't really count. Almost doesn't count. We were up 3-1 and didn't put them away. We can't look at anybody but ourselves."

Los Angeles never led, but tied it twice in the first 4 minutes. The Clippers insisted Saturday that they'd gotten over Thursday's loss, but looked listless early in this one as Houston built the lead.

"I love my team," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "I love the fact that they wanted to win so bad that, in my opinion, we almost couldn't win. We have to fix that part. It requires great trust in each other. Our guys were trying to do it on their own."

Little went right for the Clippers for most of the game and when a dunk by Jordan early in the fourth quarter simply bounced out of the rim, the big man could only look at the basket in disgust. The frustration was evident with Paul too, as he angrily threw the ball after picking up an offensive foul later in the fourth.

Harden was under the weather and on the bench in the fourth quarter when Josh Smith and Corey Brewer helped Houston outscore Los Angeles 51-20 to close out the win in Game 6. The MVP runner-up looked back to full strength on Sunday, scoring 12 points in the first quarter and finishing with eight assists and seven rebounds.

A 3-pointer by Jamal Crawford with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter cut the lead to eight points. Houston scored the next nine points, with five from Ariza, to push it to 83-66.

Pablo Prigioni grabbed two straight steals from Griffin in that span. Griffin fell to the court on the second one and shook his head as Prigioni darted away with the ball. Crawford made a layup for L.A. but Harden shook off Austin Rivers and stepped back for a jump shot near the buzzer to leave Houston up 85-68 entering the fourth.

The Clippers opened the second half with an 11-4 run, with five points from Paul, to get to 60-57 with 8 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.

Harden got Houston going after that, driving into the lane and finishing with a one-handed dunk before dishing to Smith on the next possession and he swished a 3-pointer to make it 65-57.

The Rockets remained up by 8 midway through the quarter when Howard was called for a three second violation. But Griffin launched a bad pass that Prigioni snatched up and converted on the mistake with a 3-pointer to make it 70-59.

The Rockets led 56-46 at halftime.

QUOTABLE

Brewer on if the momentum of Game 6 carried over into Game 7: "It carried over a lot for us. It gave us our confidence back ... we came out and jumped on them early."

SAGER ATTENDS GAME

Longtime TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager, who is undergoing chemotherapy in Houston for leukemia, left the hospital between treatments to attend the game. Rivers greeted him at the end of his pregame media session, saying it was great to see him at a game.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Jordan had 16 points and 17 rebounds. ... Crawford added 17 points.

Rockets: Howard had his 15th double-double in 18 career playoff games as a Rocket. ... Smith finished with 15 points. The Rockets are 6-1 this postseason when he scores 10 or more points. ... Rapper Nelly and NFL running back Adrian Peterson were among the celebrities in sellout crowd of 18,463.


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LAC
HOU
     
    • 44.6%

    • 44.9%

    • 25.0%

    • 40.0%

    • 64.7%

    • 75.6%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
LAC HOU
Total Rebounds 48 40
Offensive Rebounds 15 4
Turnovers 18 16
Fast Break Pts: 8 11
Biggest Lead: 0 20
Points in the Paint: 48 36
LAC HOU
p Griffin   27 Harden   31
rb Jordan   17 Howard   15
a Paul   10 Harden   8
s 2 players   4 2 players   3
b Redick   4 4 players   1
 
  • 11/28 - LAC 102 @ HOU 85
  • 02/11 - HOU 95 @ LAC 110
  • 02/25 - LAC 105 @ HOU 110
  • 03/15 - HOU 100 @ LAC 98
Los Angeles Clippers (56-26)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Barnes F 21:36 0-2 0-1 0-0 +9 1 1 2 1 4 1 1 1 0 0
B. Griffin F 44:11 13-23 0-0 1-2 -12 4 7 11 6 3 0 5 1 2 27
D. Jordan C 39:03 7-10 0-0 2-7 +2 5 12 17 0 3 4 1 3 0 16
J. Redick G 41:04 4-12 2-9 0-0 -6 0 6 6 3 4 0 6 4 0 10
C. Paul G 44:58 9-20 2-6 6-6 -6 2 3 5 10 5 4 4 0 0 26
J. Crawford   26:24 6-18 3-9 2-2 -22 0 0 0 1 5 1 0 0 1 17
A. Rivers   14:43 1-4 0-2 0-0 -17 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 0 0 2
G. Davis   05:17 1-2 0-0 0-0 -10 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 2
S. Hawes   01:49 0-1 0-1 0-0 -3 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Jones   00:39 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Hudson   00:18 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
H. Turkoglu DNP - Coach's Decision
E. Udoh DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 41-92 7-28 11-17   15 33 48 23 32 10 18 9 4 100
  44.6% 25.0% 64.7%   team rebs: 6 total to: 18
Houston Rockets (56-26)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Ariza F 43:26 6-14 6-12 4-4 +6 0 7 7 3 5 2 2 0 1 22
J. Smith F 22:22 6-10 2-4 1-2 -4 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 1 0 15
D. Howard C 32:18 6-8 0-0 4-8 +15 2 13 15 2 3 2 2 0 0 16
J. Harden G 43:08 7-20 2-7 15-18 +12 0 7 7 8 1 3 7 1 3 31
J. Terry G 27:25 1-6 0-4 2-2 -5 0 2 2 1 4 1 2 0 1 4
T. Jones   22:02 4-10 0-1 0-1 +16 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 1 3 8
P. Prigioni   20:07 1-2 1-1 1-2 +20 1 0 1 4 2 3 0 0 0 4
C. Brewer   22:54 4-8 1-1 2-2 +11 1 2 3 3 1 0 1 0 1 11
C. Capela   05:41 0-0 0-0 2-2 -6 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
N. Johnson   00:18 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Papanikolaou   00:18 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Dorsey DNP - Coach's Decision
K. McDaniels DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 35-78 12-30 31-41   4 36 40 22 21 11 16 4 9 113
  44.9% 40.0% 75.6%   team rebs: 16 total to: 17

inactive

  • Clippers: Hamilton, Wilcox
  • Rockets: Beverley, Motiejunas

technical fouls

  • Clippers: --
  • Rockets: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 0
  • Times Tied: 2

arena stats

  • Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • Officials: #25 Tony Brothers, #24 Mike Callahan, #41 Ken Mauer
  • Attendance: 18463
  • Duration: 2:43
Los Angeles Clippers (56-27) Houston Rockets (57-26)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Howard vs Jordan (Terry gains possession)
  11:48 Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Jordan (1 ST) 
Barnes Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (1 TO)  11:38  
  11:24
[HOU 3-0]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Harden (1 AST) 
Redick 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Griffin (1 AST)  11:02
[LAC 3-3]
 
  10:41
[HOU 5-3]
Smith Slam Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harden (2 AST) 
Paul Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Howard (1 ST)  10:25  
  10:18
[HOU 7-3]
Smith Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Howard (1 AST) 
  10:11 Smith Foul: Personal (1 PF) (M Callahan) 
Redick 3pt Shot: Missed  10:04  
  10:03 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:53 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  09:52  
Barnes 3pt Shot: Missed  09:44  
Jordan Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  09:43  
Jordan Jump Shot: Missed  09:40  
  09:39 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:31 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Griffin Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Barnes (1 AST)  09:19
[LAC 5-7]
 
  09:07 Howard Foul: Offensive Charge (1 PF) (T Brothers) 
  09:07 Howard Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Paul Running Jump Shot: Missed  08:43  
  08:42 Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:36 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Griffin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:35  
Griffin Jump Shot: Missed  08:27  
  08:26 Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:19 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Redick Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:18  
Griffin Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Redick (1 AST)  08:10
[LAC 7-7]
 
Griffin Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (T Brothers)  07:54  
  07:54
[HOU 8-7]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  07:54
[HOU 9-7]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Redick Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (1 TO)  07:47  
  07:41 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Barnes (1 ST) 
Redick Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Harden (1 ST)  07:35  
  07:26
[HOU 12-7]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Terry (1 AST) 
Paul Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Terry (1 ST)  07:10  
  07:05
[HOU 14-7]
Harden Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:59  
Barnes Layup Shot: Missed  06:43  
  06:42 Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:30 Harden Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Griffin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:29  
Paul Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  06:19
[LAC 9-14]
 
  06:09 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Paul (1 ST) 
Paul Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:04
[LAC 11-14]
 
  05:38 Smith Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed 
Redick Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:37  
Redick Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Harden (2 ST)  05:31  
  05:29 Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Jordan (2 ST) 
Griffin Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Redick (2 AST)  05:21
[LAC 13-14]
 
  05:02 Terry Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Jordan (3 ST) 
  05:02 Terry Foul: Personal (1 PF) (K Mauer) 
Barnes Substitution replaced by Crawford  05:02  
  05:02 Smith Substitution replaced by Jones 
  05:02 Terry Substitution replaced by Prigioni 
Redick Jump Shot: Missed  04:53  
  04:52 Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Redick Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (K Mauer)  04:32  
  04:32
[HOU 15-13]
Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  04:32 Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer 
  04:32 Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Jordan Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  04:32  
Crawford 3pt Shot: Missed  04:17  
  04:16 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:06
[HOU 17-13]
Jones Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harden (3 AST) 
Griffin Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Prigioni (1 ST)  04:02  
  03:57
[HOU 19-13]
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Paul 3pt Shot: Missed  03:34  
Jordan Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  03:33  
  03:32 Howard Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (T Brothers) 
Jordan Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:32  
Team Rebound  03:32  
Redick Substitution replaced by Rivers  03:32  
  03:32 Howard Substitution replaced by Capela 
Jordan Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  03:32  
  03:32 Capela Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:09
[HOU 22-13]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Rivers Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:00
[LAC 15-22]
 
Paul Foul: Personal Block (1 PF) (M Callahan)  02:49  
  02:49 Team Timeout : Regular 
Griffin Substitution replaced by Davis  02:49  
  02:41 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rivers Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:40  
Crawford Running Jump Shot: Missed  02:21  
Davis Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  02:20  
Rivers 3pt Shot: Missed  02:15  
Jordan Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  02:14  
Jordan Putback Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS)  02:12
[LAC 17-22]
 
  01:57 Jones Jump Shot: Missed 
Jordan Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  01:56  
Crawford Pullup Jump shot: Missed  01:37  
  01:36 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Rivers Foul: Shooting Block (1 PF) (2 FTA) (K Mauer)  01:31  
  01:31
[HOU 23-17]
Capela Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Jordan Substitution replaced by Griffin  01:31  
  01:31
[HOU 24-17]
Capela Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Davis Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Griffin (2 AST)  01:18
[LAC 19-24]
 
  01:03 Capela Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (1 TO) 
Paul Substitution replaced by Redick  01:03  
Griffin Hook Shot: Missed Block: Jones (1 BLK)  00:50.9  
  00:50.7 Brewer Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:44.0
[HOU 26-19]
Jones Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Brewer (1 AST) 
Davis Layup Shot: Missed Block: Capela (1 BLK)  00:26.9  
Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  00:24.6  
Crawford 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Harden (1 BLK)  00:21.9  
  00:20.9 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:16.7
[HOU 28-19]
Jones Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Brewer (2 AST) 
Rivers Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (K Mauer)  00:16.7  
  00:16.7 Harden Substitution replaced by Ariza 
Davis Substitution replaced by Hawes  00:16.7  
  00:16.7 Jones Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Griffin Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:16.7  
Crawford Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  00:00.4
[LAC 21-28]
 
End of 1st Quarter
Los Angeles Clippers (56-27) Houston Rockets (57-26)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Griffin Jump Shot: Missed  11:37  
  11:36 Brewer Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  11:31 Brewer Layup Shot: Missed 
  11:30 Howard Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  11:30
[HOU 30-21]
Howard Putback Dunk Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Redick 3pt Shot: Missed  11:17  
Hawes Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  11:16  
Redick 3pt Shot: Missed  11:09  
  11:08 Howard Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  10:53 Brewer Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Hawes Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  10:52  
Hawes 3pt Shot: Missed  10:41  
  10:40 Howard Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  10:29 Prigioni Layup Shot: Missed 
  10:28 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  10:28
[HOU 32-21]
Howard Putback Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Hawes Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (K Mauer)  10:28  
Hawes Substitution replaced by Jordan  10:28  
  10:28
[HOU 33-21]
Howard Free Throw 1 of 1 (6 PTS) 
Rivers Foul: Offensive (3 PF) (M Callahan)  10:19  
Rivers Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  10:19  
Rivers Substitution replaced by Paul  10:19  
  10:19 Jones Substitution replaced by Smith 
  10:08
[HOU 36-21]
Brewer 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Prigioni (1 AST) 
Crawford Jump Shot: Missed  09:56  
Griffin Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  09:55  
Griffin Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  09:55
[LAC 23-36]
 
  09:45 Brewer Foul: Offensive Charge (1 PF) (K Mauer) 
  09:45 Brewer Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Crawford 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS)  09:31
[LAC 26-36]
 
  09:22
[HOU 39-26]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
  09:09 Ariza Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (K Mauer) 
Crawford Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  09:09
[LAC 27-39]
 
Crawford Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  09:09
[LAC 28-39]
 
  08:56
[HOU 41-28]
Smith Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Crawford 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS)  08:38
[LAC 31-41]
 
  08:24
[HOU 43-31]
Howard Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Brewer (3 AST) 
Griffin Slam Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Crawford (1 AST)  08:09
[LAC 33-43]
 
  08:01 Team Timeout : Regular 
  07:49 Ariza Jump Shot: Missed 
Griffin Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  07:48  
  07:43 Prigioni Foul: Personal (1 PF) (T Brothers) 
  07:43 Prigioni Substitution replaced by Terry 
  07:43 Brewer Substitution replaced by Harden 
Crawford Pullup Jump shot: Missed  07:33  
  07:30 Team Rebound 
  07:17
[HOU 46-33]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Harden (4 AST) 
Paul Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  07:02  
Jordan Rebound (Off:4 Def:2)  07:01  
Jordan Alley Oop Layup shot: Missed  06:52  
  06:51 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  06:45 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Jordan Rebound (Off:4 Def:3)  06:44  
Griffin Layup Shot: Missed  06:38  
Griffin Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  06:37  
Griffin Tip Shot: Missed  06:37  
  06:36 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
  06:18 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Redick Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:16  
Griffin Jump Shot: Missed  06:00  
  05:59 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:48
[HOU 48-33]
Terry Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:47  
Crawford Substitution replaced by Barnes  05:47  
  05:47 Howard Substitution replaced by Capela 
Redick 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Griffin (3 AST)  05:35
[LAC 36-48]
 
Barnes Foul: Personal (1 PF) (M Callahan)  05:19  
  05:11 Smith Jump Shot: Missed 
Paul Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:10  
Redick Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO)  05:02  
  04:44 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Barnes Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:43  
Paul Pullup Jump shot: Made (6 PTS)  04:33
[LAC 38-48]
 
  04:16 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  04:16  
Jordan Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Griffin (4 AST)  03:57
[LAC 40-48]
 
  03:56 Team Timeout : Short 
  03:56 Smith Substitution replaced by Howard 
  03:56 Capela Substitution replaced by Jones 
  03:33 Jones Layup Shot: Missed Block: Jordan (1 BLK) 
Jordan Rebound (Off:4 Def:4)  03:31  
Redick 3pt Shot: Missed  03:27  
  03:26 Terry Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:22 Terry Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Jordan (2 BLK) 
  03:22 Team Rebound 
  03:18
[HOU 50-40]
Howard Slam Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST) 
Paul Running Jump Shot: Missed  02:53  
  02:52 Terry Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:48 Harden Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Redick (1 BLK) 
  02:48 Team Rebound 
  02:40
[HOU 52-40]
Jones Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Ariza (3 AST) 
Paul Pullup Jump shot: Made (8 PTS)  02:23
[LAC 42-52]
 
  02:11 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Paul Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:10  
Griffin Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Paul (1 AST)  02:00
[LAC 44-52]
 
  01:42 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  01:41  
  01:29 Terry Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (K Mauer) 
Paul Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  01:29
[LAC 45-52]
 
Paul Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  01:29
[LAC 46-52]
 
Griffin Foul: Personal (2 PF) (T Brothers)  01:16  
  01:01 Harden Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Jordan Rebound (Off:4 Def:5)  01:00  
Paul Floating Jump shot: Missed  00:51.8  
  00:50.5 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:8) 
Redick Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) (T Brothers)  00:48.5  
  00:48.5
[HOU 53-46]
Terry Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  00:48.5
[HOU 54-46]
Terry Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:48.5  
Barnes Substitution replaced by Crawford  00:48.5  
Griffin Floating Jump shot: Missed  00:38.9  
  00:37.9 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:9) 
  00:28.2
[HOU 56-46]
Howard Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Harden (5 AST) 
Crawford Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  00:03.9  
  00:02.9 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:00.0 Jones 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Quarter
Los Angeles Clippers (56-27) Houston Rockets (57-26)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:47 Smith Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (M Callahan) 
Jordan Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  11:47
[LAC 47-56]
 
Jordan Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  11:47
[LAC 48-56]
 
  11:26 Harden Jump Shot: Missed Block: Redick (2 BLK) 
Redick Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  11:25  
Redick Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST)  11:23  
  11:20
[HOU 59-48]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Paul 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Griffin (5 AST)  10:57
[LAC 51-59]
 
  10:29 Howard Turnaround Bank shot: Missed 
Griffin Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  10:28  
Paul Pullup Jump shot: Made (15 PTS)  10:19
[LAC 53-59]
 
  09:57 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Griffin Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  09:56  
  09:51 Ariza Foul: Personal Block (2 PF) (T Brothers) 
Griffin Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Howard (2 ST)  09:46  
Jordan Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (T Brothers)  09:34  
  09:34 Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  09:34 Team Rebound 
  09:34
[HOU 60-53]
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Jordan Foul: Offensive (2 PF) (K Mauer)  09:29  
Jordan Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  09:29  
  09:04 Harden Jump Shot: Missed Block: Redick (3 BLK) 
  09:04 Team Rebound 
  09:04 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
  09:01 Terry Foul: Personal (3 PF) (K Mauer) 
Griffin Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Paul (2 AST)  08:52
[LAC 55-60]
 
  08:36 Terry Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Paul (2 ST) 
Redick Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Paul (3 AST)  08:32
[LAC 57-60]
 
  08:32 Team Timeout : Regular 
  08:17
[HOU 62-57]
Harden Driving Slam Dunk Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Griffin Driving Hook Shot: Missed  08:01  
  08:00 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  07:53
[HOU 65-57]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Harden (6 AST) 
  07:40 Howard Foul: Personal (3 PF) (T Brothers) 
Griffin Hook Shot: Missed Block: Smith (1 BLK)  07:32  
  07:31 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  07:25 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Jordan Rebound (Off:4 Def:6)  07:24  
  07:17 Smith Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (M Callahan) 
Jordan Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  07:17  
Team Rebound  07:17  
Jordan Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  07:17  
  07:17 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:10) 
Redick Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (K Mauer)  06:58  
  06:58 Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:58 Team Rebound 
  06:58
[HOU 66-57]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  06:46 Terry Foul: Personal (4 PF) (2 FTA) (T Brothers) 
Paul Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS)  06:46
[LAC 58-66]
 
  06:46 Terry Substitution replaced by Prigioni 
Paul Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS)  06:46
[LAC 59-66]
 
Barnes Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (K Mauer)  06:30  
  06:30 Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:30 Team Rebound 
  06:30
[HOU 67-59]
Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Paul Pullup Jump shot: Missed  06:20  
Jordan Rebound (Off:5 Def:6)  06:18  
Paul Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)  06:11  
Barnes Foul: Personal (3 PF) (K Mauer)  05:59  
Barnes Substitution replaced by Crawford  05:59  
  05:46 Howard Turnover : 3 Second Violation (2 TO) 
Griffin Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Prigioni (2 ST)  05:45  
  05:26
[HOU 70-59]
Prigioni 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Howard (2 AST) 
Griffin Running Hook Shot: Made (16 PTS)  05:01
[LAC 61-70]
 
  04:42 Ariza Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO) 
Redick Substitution replaced by Rivers  04:42  
Crawford Pullup Jump shot: Missed  04:26  
  04:25 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:13
[HOU 72-61]
Smith Running Hook Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Jordan Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Griffin (6 AST)  03:58
[LAC 63-72]
 
  03:43 Harden Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Jordan Rebound (Off:5 Def:7)  03:42  
Paul Jump Shot: Missed  03:34  
  03:33 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:11) 
  03:14 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Paul (3 ST) 
Crawford 3pt Shot: Missed  03:06  
  03:05 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:59 Team Timeout : Short 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:59  
  02:59 Howard Substitution replaced by Brewer 
  02:59 Smith Substitution replaced by Jones 
Jordan Substitution replaced by Davis  02:59  
  02:48 Jones Jump Shot: Missed Block: Griffin (1 BLK) 
  02:48 Team Rebound 
Crawford Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (M Callahan)  02:43  
  02:43
[HOU 73-63]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS) 
  02:43
[HOU 74-63]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS) 
Crawford 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Davis (1 AST)  02:21
[LAC 66-74]
 
  01:54 Jones Hook Shot: Missed 
  01:53 Prigioni Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  01:49
[HOU 77-66]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Prigioni (2 AST) 
Crawford 3pt Shot: Missed  01:28  
  01:27 Team Rebound 
Davis Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) (2 FTA) (K Mauer)  01:27  
  01:27
[HOU 78-66]
Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  01:27
[HOU 79-66]
Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
Griffin Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Ariza (2 ST)  01:16  
  01:11
[HOU 81-66]
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) 
Griffin Turnover : Lost Ball (5 TO) Steal:Prigioni (3 ST)  00:59.9  
Paul Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (M Callahan)  00:56.0  
  00:56.0 Prigioni Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:56.0 Team Rebound 
  00:56.0
[HOU 82-66]
Prigioni Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Paul 3pt Shot: Missed  00:40.9  
  00:39.4 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Davis Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) (M Callahan)  00:32.8  
  00:32.8
[HOU 83-66]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (20 PTS) 
Davis Substitution replaced by Redick  00:32.8  
  00:32.8 Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Griffin Rebound (Off:2 Def:7)  00:32.8  
Crawford Driving Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS)  00:21.9
[LAC 68-83]
 
  00:00.1
[HOU 85-68]
Harden Step Back Jump shot: Made (22 PTS) 
End of 3rd Quarter
Los Angeles Clippers (56-27) Houston Rockets (57-26)
Start of 4th QuarterBack to Top
  11:50
[HOU 87-68]
Howard Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Prigioni (3 AST) 
Crawford Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (T Brothers)  11:50  
  11:50
[HOU 88-68]
Howard Free Throw 1 of 1 (16 PTS) 
Jordan Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Missed  11:39  
Paul Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  11:38  
  11:37 Harden Foul: Personal (1 PF) (T Brothers) 
Paul Pullup Jump shot: Made (19 PTS)  11:30
[LAC 70-88]
 
  11:06
[HOU 90-70]
Brewer Step Back Jump shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Prigioni (4 AST) 
Rivers Running Jump Shot: Missed  10:54  
  10:53 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:12) 
  10:32 Ariza Layup Shot: Missed Block: Jordan (3 BLK) 
  10:32 Team Rebound 
  10:29 Howard Hook Shot: Missed 
Jordan Rebound (Off:5 Def:8)  10:28  
Paul Pullup Jump shot: Made (21 PTS)  10:19
[LAC 72-90]
 
  10:02 Harden Turnover : Lost Ball (5 TO) Steal:Crawford (1 ST) 
Redick 3pt Shot: Missed  09:56  
  09:55 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  09:50 Harden Jump Shot: Missed 
Rivers Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:49  
  09:47 Prigioni Foul: Personal (2 PF) (T Brothers) 
Jordan Substitution replaced by Griffin  09:47  
Griffin Layup Shot: Missed  09:38  
Griffin Rebound (Off:3 Def:7)  09:37  
Griffin Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS)  09:35
[LAC 74-90]
 
  09:13 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
  09:12 Team Rebound 
Griffin Foul: Loose Ball (3 PF) (M Callahan)  09:12  
  09:12 Team Timeout : Regular 
Crawford Foul: Personal Take (3 PF) (M Callahan)  09:11  
Crawford Substitution replaced by Jones  09:11  
Jones Foul: Personal Take (1 PF) (M Callahan)  09:10  
  09:10 Howard Substitution replaced by Jones 
Jones Substitution replaced by Crawford  09:10  
Crawford Foul: Personal (4 PF) (2 FTA) (M Callahan)  08:57  
  08:57
[HOU 91-74]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (23 PTS) 
  08:57
[HOU 92-74]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (24 PTS) 
Paul Pullup Jump shot: Missed  08:38  
Griffin Rebound (Off:4 Def:7)  08:37  
Griffin Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS)  08:36
[LAC 76-92]
 
  08:14
[HOU 94-76]
Brewer Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
  07:58 Ariza Foul: Personal (3 PF) (M Callahan) 
Crawford Substitution replaced by Barnes  07:58  
Rivers Substitution replaced by Jordan  07:58  
  07:58 Prigioni Substitution replaced by Howard 
Redick Turnover : Bad Pass (6 TO) Steal:Harden (3 ST)  07:47  
  07:36 Jones Jump Shot: Missed Block: Redick (4 BLK) 
  07:36 Team Rebound 
  07:36 Howard Substitution replaced by Terry 
Jordan Substitution replaced by Jones  07:36  
  07:26 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:24 Brewer Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  07:21 Brewer Layup Shot: Missed Block: Barnes (1 BLK) 
Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:20  
  07:16 Jones Foul: Personal (1 PF) (T Brothers) 
Jones Substitution replaced by Jordan  07:16  
  07:16 Terry Substitution replaced by Howard 
  07:10 Ariza Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) (K Mauer) 
Paul Free Throw 1 of 2 (22 PTS)  07:10
[LAC 77-94]
 
  07:10 Howard Substitution replaced by Terry 
Paul Free Throw 2 of 2 (23 PTS)  07:10
[LAC 78-94]
 
  06:55
[HOU 97-78]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Harden (7 AST) 
Paul 3pt Shot: Made (26 PTS)  06:46
[LAC 81-97]
 
Jordan Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) (M Callahan)  06:33  
  06:33
[HOU 98-81]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (25 PTS) 
  06:33
[HOU 99-81]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (26 PTS) 
Jordan Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Paul (4 AST)  06:26
[LAC 83-99]
 
  06:15 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Paul Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  06:14  
Paul 3pt Shot: Missed  06:09  
  06:08 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  05:48 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Redick Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  05:47  
Paul 3pt Shot: Missed  05:30  
Barnes Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:28  
Paul Foul: Offensive (3 PF) (T Brothers)  05:23  
Paul Turnover : Foul (4 TO)  05:23  
  05:23  
  05:03
[HOU 101-83]
Brewer Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Harden (8 AST) 
Jordan Dunk Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Paul (5 AST)  04:49
[LAC 85-101]
 
  04:28 Harden Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Redick Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  04:27  
Redick 3pt Shot: Missed  04:21  
  04:20 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
Barnes Foul: Personal (4 PF) (2 FTA) (M Callahan)  04:20  
  04:20
[HOU 102-85]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (27 PTS) 
Barnes Substitution replaced by Crawford  04:20  
  04:20 Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Jordan Rebound (Off:5 Def:9)  04:20  
Crawford 3pt Shot: Missed  04:06  
Paul Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  04:04  
Jordan Dunk Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Paul (6 AST)  04:00
[LAC 87-102]
 
  03:38 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Jordan Rebound (Off:5 Def:10)  03:37  
  03:32 Ariza Foul: Personal (5 PF) (2 FTA) (T Brothers) 
Griffin Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:32  
Team Rebound  03:32  
Griffin Free Throw 2 of 2 (21 PTS)  03:32
[LAC 88-102]
 
  03:11 Brewer Layup Shot: Missed 
Jordan Rebound (Off:5 Def:11)  03:10  
Griffin Layup Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Paul (7 AST)  03:04
[LAC 90-102]
 
  02:35 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (6 TO) Steal:Jordan (4 ST) 
Redick Running Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Paul (8 AST)  02:25
[LAC 92-102]
 
  02:24 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:10 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (7 TO) Steal:Paul (4 ST) 
Griffin Dunk Shot: Made (25 PTS) Assist: Paul (9 AST)  02:06
[LAC 94-102]
 
Redick Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) (K Mauer)  01:40  
  01:40
[HOU 103-94]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (28 PTS) 
  01:40 Brewer Substitution replaced by Howard 
  01:40
[HOU 104-94]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (29 PTS) 
Jordan Slam Dunk Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Redick (3 AST)  01:26
[LAC 96-104]
 
  01:26 Jones Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (K Mauer) 
Jordan Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  01:26  
  01:26 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:13) 
Paul Foul: Loose Ball (4 PF) (2 FTA) (K Mauer)  01:26  
  01:26 Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:26 Team Rebound 
  01:26 Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Jordan Rebound (Off:5 Def:12)  01:26  
Team Timeout : Short  01:25  
Redick 3pt Shot: Missed  01:14  
  01:13 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  00:55.8
[HOU 107-96]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Jones (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:55.8  
Crawford Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Paul (10 AST)  00:52.0
[LAC 98-107]
 
Paul Foul: Personal (5 PF) (2 FTA) (M Callahan)  00:45.6  
  00:45.6
[HOU 108-98]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (30 PTS) 
Jordan Substitution replaced by Rivers  00:45.6  
  00:45.6 Jones Substitution replaced by Brewer 
  00:45.6
[HOU 109-98]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (31 PTS) 
Crawford 3pt Shot: Missed  00:39.9  
  00:37.8 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
Crawford Foul: Personal Take (5 PF) (2 FTA) (K Mauer)  00:36.9  
  00:36.9
[HOU 110-98]
Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 (21 PTS) 
  00:36.9
[HOU 111-98]
Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 (22 PTS) 
Griffin Jump Shot: Made (27 PTS) Assist: Rivers (1 AST)  00:28.9
[LAC 100-111]
 
Rivers Foul: Personal Take (4 PF) (2 FTA) (K Mauer)  00:18.3  
  00:18.3
[HOU 112-100]
Brewer Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Paul Substitution replaced by Hudson  00:18.3  
Griffin Substitution replaced by Davis  00:18.3  
  00:18.3 Howard Substitution replaced by Capela 
  00:18.3 Harden Substitution replaced by Johnson 
Redick Substitution replaced by Jones  00:18.3  
  00:18.3 Ariza Substitution replaced by Papanikolaou 
  00:18.3
[HOU 113-100]
Brewer Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Rivers 3pt Shot: Missed  00:12.9  
  00:11.5 Team Rebound 
End of 4th Quarter
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
LAC
2nd Pacific
56
26
9-1
30-11
26-15
HOU
1st Southwest
56
26
7-3
30-11
26-15
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
LAC
Griffin 26.9
2 players 13.4
Paul 10.0
Jordan 2.6
2 players 2.0
HOU
2 players 28.4
Howard 14.4
Harden 8.1
Howard 3.0
Harden 2.4
Clippers Stats
 seasonplayoffs
FG%.473.465
FT%.710.684
Points106.7112.6
Rebounds42.644.4
Assists24.824.0
Steals7.89.7
Blocks5.05.6
3-Point %.376.325
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Rockets Stats
 seasonplayoffs
FG%.444.443
FT%.715.000
Points103.9109.4
Rebounds43.748.1
Assists22.222.1
Steals9.58.3
Blocks5.05.1
3-Point %.348.346
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 7
Los Angeles Clippers (3-4)
field goalsrebounds
 minfgm-a3pm-aftm-aoffdeftotastpfsttobsbapts
Barnes, Matt211:2918-516-3112-13531361629885254
Crawford, Jamal198:3234-10012-4416-2061319152212102796
Davis, Glen58:216-150-04-4347113321416
Griffin, Blake269:1776-1371-435-521967863425426413188
Hawes, Spencer45:558-113-52-23811511212021
Hudson, Lester29:514-111-50-00005723129
Jones, Dahntay11:441-10-00-00110410002
Jordan, DeAndre230:0528-390-039-84266894122614715195
Paul, Chris170:0037-7612-3020-2251621501581002106
Redick, J.J.266:2136-8420-5220-2001414151831440112
Rivers, Austin150:5030-6611-288-112141611208104579
Turkoglu, Hedo30:193-122-100-00334832108
Udoh, Ekpe7:181-30-00-00330300002
Houston Rockets (4-3)
field goalsrebounds
 minfgm-a3pm-aftm-aoffdeftotastpfsttobsbapts
Ariza, Trevor273:4439-8621-5118-20543481721151312117
Brewer, Corey177:0429-704-1915-26717241022572677
Capela, Clint47:207-120-03-88132129013117
Dorsey, Joey10:310-20-01-21341101001
Harden, James256:5247-11817-4867-73336395721103536178
Howard, Dwight235:3945-760-033-85267197102689159123
Johnson, Nick21:033-81-23-310132020410
Jones, Terrence161:1129-641-613-18122032615385672
Papanikolaou, Kostas14:331-40-31-20220404003
Prigioni, Pablo132:279-278-213-448121920660029
Smith, Josh142:4424-598-2312-271226381017496368
Terry, Jason206:5326-5913-386-72171920197111271