Rockets Pip Clippers In Decider To Enter Conference Finals
Houston Rockets started Sunday’s game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinal Series on a high after notching up back-to-back wins against the Los Angeles Clippers. Rockets won game 6 from a verge of exit as they overturned a 19-point deficit and continued the momentum to register 113-100 victory in game 7 at Houston. In the series, too, Houston eliminated the Clippers 4-3, trailing 3-1 at one point to clinch their place in the Western Conference Finals.
“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.”
“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.”
Harden led the Rockets with 31 points. Dwight Howard added 16 points and 15 rebounds to the winner’s tally. They led by 17 points at the end of the 3rd quarter, a sharp contrast to the situation of game 6. Harden started the final quarter banging a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 88-68. Houston never trailed in game 7, and will now play the Conference Finals after 18 years since their last appearance in 1997.
This is the 9th time in NBA history that a team has managed to pull off a playoff series win trailing 3-1. The Rockets will now clash against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
Blake Griffin top-scored for the Clippers with 27 points and Chris Paul had 26 points and 10 assists.
The Western Conference Finals shall kick off on Tuesday night at Golden State.