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Rockets fend off Clips with closing surge

James Harden scored 32 points to help the Rockets overcome a big first half by Blake Griffin and win Game 2, squaring the series at one game apiece.

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The Warriors believe they were too emotional during the Game 2 loss, sunk by a poor shooting night in the face of a tough Memphis defense.

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Final: Rockets 115, Clippers 109

Despite Blake Griffin's 34 points, James Harden (32 points) willed the Rockets to a must-win vs. the Clippers to even the series at 1-1. Houston set franchise playoff records for FTs made (42) and FTs shot (64) to atone for its lowest 3-point FG percentage (19.2) in any game this season. Box score

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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Clippers are within six with 2:11 left. Pretty amazing considering they've really only played one good quarter. Oh, and no Chris Paul.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

The Clippers have gotten 20 combined minutes from Lester Hudson, Hedo Turkoglu, Dahntay Jones and Ekpe Udoh tonight.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

The Clippers have played sloppy and careless in the 2nd half but they're still within 8. Rockets 109 Clippers 101 with 3:17 left in the 4th.

Rockets living at the line

The Rockets have attempted 54 free throws, the 7th game this season in which a team has attempted at least 50 FTs (Rockets have 4 of 7 such games) and tied for the most this year. Follow live

Rockets taking off

After a delay to start the quarter (thanks to broken shot clocks), the Rockets have caught fire. They're on a 10-3 run to start the 4th quarter, taking a 93-88 lead with 9:45 left. Follow live

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Houston takes the lead on that Ariza three-pointer. Rockets 90, Clippers 88 with 10:04 left in the 4th quarter.

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Joey Crawford is teaching the scorers table how to count down from 10. He asks, "when they gonna gonna come fix this, next week?"

Rockets getting to stripe

The Rockets have attempted 46 free throws through 3 quarters. That's the most by any team for an entire playoff game since May 18, 2013. Houston's team record for a playoff game is 48, which is likely to be broken tonight. Follow live

Clippers clinging to lead

The Rockets outscored the Clippers 27-20 in the 3rd quarter, cutting what was once a 13-point lead down to 2 heading into the 4th quarter. Blake Griffin has a game-high 30 points for Los Angeles. Follow live