Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 19th 2015 Contents HOUSTON---James Harden scored 31 points,
and Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15
rebounds as the Houston Rockets never trailed
in a 113-100 victory over the Los Angeles
Clippers on Sunday night, sending them to
the Western Conference finals for the first
time since 1997.
It s the ninth time in NBA history that a
team has overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win
a playoff series.
The Rockets needed an epic comeback to
overcome a 19-point third-quarter deficit and
force Game 7. No such heroics were needed
Sunday when they were up by 17 after three
and Howard opened the fourth quarter with
a 3-point play to push it to 88-68.
Blake Griffin scored five points in a 9-0 run
to cut the lead to eight points with less than
2 1/2 minutes remaining. Harden made a pair
of free throws after that, but a dunk by DeAndre
Jordan got the Clippers within eight again. This
time Trevor Ariza hit a 3 from the corner to
secure the victory. Griffin had 27 points and
Chris Paul had 26 points and ten assists.
The Western Conference finals begin tonight
at Golden State.
Ariza finished with 22 points and made six
Every fan in the arena was given a red shirt
emblazoned with the words "Clutch City" in
yellow letters, bringing back the moniker of
the 1994 and 95 teams that won back-to-back
titles. These Rockets lived up to the nickname,
winning their third straight game to become
the first team to win a playoff series after trailing
3-1 since the Phoenix Suns did it in 2006
against the Lakers.
After taking a two-game lead after four games
the Clippers looked destined to be heading to
the conference finals for the first time in fran-
chise history. But they failed in all three chances
to put Houston away and are now left to ponder
their collapse as they head home early yet again.
Los Angeles never led, but tied it at twice
in the first 4 minutes. The Clippers insisted
Saturday that they d gotten over Thursday s
loss, but looked listless early in this one as
Houston built the lead.
Little went right for the Clippers for most
of the game and when a dunk by Jordan early
in the fourth quarter simply bounced out of
the rim, the big man could only look at the
basket in disgust. The frustration was evident
with Paul too, as he angrily threw the ball after
picking up an offensive foul later in the fourth.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Houston Rockets guard James Harden celebrates
against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first
half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western
Conference semifinals Sunday night in Houston.
Rockets won 113-100, and clinched the series.
Rockets back in conference finals
LOS ANGELES---Extreme athlete Dean Potter,
renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs
and BASE jumps, was one of two men killed while
attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National
Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.
Someone called for help late Saturday after losing
contact with Potter, 43, and his climbing partner,
Graham Hunt, 29. They had jumped from a 7,500-
foot (2,300-metre) promontory called Taft Point,
park ranger Scott Gediman said.
He said a search-and-rescue team looked for the
men overnight but couldn t find them. On Sunday
morning, a helicopter crew spotted their bodies in
No parachutes had been deployed.
BASE jumping is an acronym for fixed objects in
which someone can parachute from: building, anten-
na, span, and Earth (such as a cliff). The sport is
illegal in all national parks, and it was possible the
men jumped at dusk or at night to avoid being caught
by park rangers.
"This is a horrible incident, and our deepest sym-
pathies go out to their friends and family," Gediman
said. "This is a huge loss for all of us."
Potter was famous for pushing the boundaries of
climbing by going up some of the world s most
daunting big walls and cliffs alone, using his bare
hands and without ropes. He took the sport to an
extreme level with highlining---walking across a rope
suspended between towering rock formations while
wearing a parachute for safety in the event of a fall.
Extreme athlete Potter
dies in US jumping accident
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