I never thought I’d see it again, but it’s true: Clutch City is alive and well.
No one thought the Houston Rockets were capable of this after the ugliness of Game 4, but they shocked the world again. The Rockets capped a historic comeback, taking a third straight game with their backs to the wall, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 113-100 in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
James Harden scored 31 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds while Trevor Ariza (22 points) hit 6-12 from beyond the arc. Dwight Howard added 15 points and 16 boards, Josh Smith scored 15 and Corey Brewer popped in 11 off the bench.
The Rockets become only the ninth team in NBA history to win a series after being down 3-1. It’s the second time in franchise history as the Rockets beat the Phoenix Suns in the 1995 Western Conference Semifinals after trailing 3-1.
The Rockets will play in the West Finals for the first time since 1997. They will take on MVP Stephen Curry and the top-seeded Golden State Warriors (67-15), with the series kicking off in Oakland.
We will be posting a podcast from the incredible scene at the Toyota Center later tonight.