The Houston Rockets completed their incredible comeback against the Los Angeles Clippers to claim a 4-3 series win to advance to the Western Conference Finals with a 113-100 win in Game 7 on Sunday.
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James Harden led the Rockets with 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as he continued to draw fouls and head to the free-throw line to ensure that Houston maintained a healthy lead through the second half.
However, the MVP candidate was supported by Josh Smith, Trevor Ariza and Dwight Howard who all ended the game in double scoring figures, while Pablo Prigioni had a major impact off the bench with his hustling and energy.
The Argentine veteran had just four points, but he was responsible for steals and breaking up the Clippers play to keep Houston in control.
Meanwhile, Chris Paul (26 points, 10 assists) and Blake Griffin (27 points, 11 rebounds) were both key for the Clippers as they made a late comeback to increase the nervousness in the Toyota Center late on in the fourth by cutting the lead after the Rockets were seemingly cruising.
Nevertheless, despite the late drama, the Rockets were able to hold out for the victory and advance to the Western Conference Finals where they will face the Golden State Warriors.
In contrast, the Clippers will now have to consider what might have been after they spurned a 3-1 series lead which leaves them still looking to make the conference finals for the first time in franchise history.