Rockets shoot down Clippers to level series at 3-3

Fri May 15, 2015 6:24am EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Corey Brewer-inspired Houston Rockets overcame a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to set up a Game Seven decider in their Western Conference semi-final series with a stunning 119-107 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

Reserve Brewer, who finished with 19 points, poured in a brace of three-pointers to spark a rousing display by the visitors in the final period as the Clippers offense wilted for Houston to tie the best-of-seven series at 3-3.

Powerful shooting guard James Harden contributed 23 points and Dwight Howard weighed in with 20 along with 21 rebounds for the Rockets, who will return to their home court for the series decider on Sunday.

"We defended and we ran, we got stops," Rockets coach Kevin McHale told reporters. "That group ... they fought and they played their tails off.

"Brew (Brewer) went in and got seven defensive rebounds, 10 total, along with 19 points. That was huge.

"We had to win this game today to get back to Houston, and in Houston we've just got to take care of business."

All-Star point guard Chris Paul scored a team-high 31 points and 11 assists for the Clippers while forward Blake Griffin added 28 but the home team were left bewildered after squandering a second chance in a row to close out the series.


Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) has his shot blocked by Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith (5) in game six of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports