The Houston Rockets humbled the Los Angeles Clippers 113-100 in game seven of their NBA second round playoff series on Sunday night to reach their first Western Conference finals since 1997.
James Harden tallied 31 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, while Dwight Howard finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Rockets, who became just the ninth team ever to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win in seven games.
“They had stretches where they did some things that got us off our game a little bit, but for the most part we stayed in attack mode,” said Rockets head coach Kevin McHale.
“We just had a lot of guys play well.” It marked another playoff meltdown for the Clippers, who have never made it to the NBA semi-finals in franchise history and looked to be in command of this series after notching three wins in dominating fashion. “So close? I don’t even know what that means anymore,” said Clippers point guard Chris Paul, who had 26 points and 10 assists.