The Los Angeles Clippers continued their dream run in this edition of NBA’s post-season on Sunday night by routing Houston Rockets 128-95 in game 4 at home. After knocking out defending champions San Antonio Spurs in the previous round the Clippers are now just one win away from playing the Western Conference finals after registering a commanding 3-1 lead in the 7-game series over the Rockets.
Tagged as “poor free throw shooter,” DeAndre Jordan attempted a record 28 free throws in the first half. Jordan finished with 26 points, scoring 14 of 34 free throws and had 17 rebounds to lead the Clippers to 2nd win on a row. Rockets’ strategy of intentionally fouling him boomeranged in this game.
“All of us kind of got freaked out by it early, and then after that we were fine,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers revealed later.
“I didn’t really know how many I was shooting,” Jordan said after the game. “I was just trying to make as many as I could for our team, and on the other end just try to get us as many stops as I could in a row.”
Blake Griffin added 21 points to the winner’s tally. J.J. Redick scored 17 points and Chris Paul notched up 15 and 12 assists in the game where the Clippers dominated the proceedings throughout.
James Harden led the Rockets with 21 points and Trevor Ariza added 18 more in the game, which turned out to be a frustrating outing for the visitors.
The Clippers now stand at the verge of making history. If they win at game 5 at Houston on Tuesday night they will clinch their maiden place in the Western Conference finals.
“That’s not what we want to achieve,” Jordan clarified. “We want to win nine more games.”