Houston advances to Western Conference Finals

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HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets came out firing in the first quarter as James Harden scored 12 points and they would lead the Clippers by seven after one quarter,

The Rockets would extend the lead to 10 at the half with Dwight Howard scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

In the third, the lead would get down to three before the Houston was able to extend the lead to 17 points.

In the fourth, the Clippers would rally and cut the lead down to eight before Harden was fouled with 1:40 left in the game, and he would nail both. But the Clippers would not pull any closer as the Rockets win 113-100.

Harden had 31 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Trevor Ariza had 22 points as he nailed six 3-pointers on the day. Josh Smith added 15 as the Rockets become just the ninth team in NBA history to come back from 3-1 series deficit to win a series.

The Rockets will face the Golden State Warriors with Game one of the Western Conference Finals taking place in Oakland on Tuesday night. The last time the Rockets were in the Western Conference Finals was 1997.