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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Chris Paul high fiving each one of his teammates before the start of the fourth quarter. "We're going to win this one," he tells them.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Clippers saw big improvement when Austin Rivers brought the ball up in the 3rd 6-19, 15 points in 1st half 8-11, 24 points in 3rd quarter

Clippers take third quarter lead to bank

Did Jamal Crawford call "bank" on his 3-pointer off the glass near the end of the 3rd? It counted either way, and the Clippers lead the Rockets 83-77. But keep an eye on Blake Griffin, who picked up his fourth foul. Follow live


Russillo @ryenarussillo

Some series the better teams know they are better, then close it out. We will see if Houston is one of those teams tonight.


Clippers are 5-5 on 3-pointers in the third quarter after shooting 2-15 on them in the first half.

Turnovers tell the story of Game 1

Chris Paul can't be enjoying himself on the Clippers bench, as the two teams have combined for 35 turnovers already. The Rockets hold a one-possession lead midway through the third quarter. Follow live


J.A. Adande @jadande

That was 1 of those defensive plays Dwight Howard doesn't get statistical credit for. Blake saw him, didn't shoot & threw the ball away

Bulls outplayed LeBron when it mattered

ESPN's Brian Windhorst: “If you want to get down to the nitty-gritty in this game: LeBron James was unable to impact it at all down the stretch. His numbers ended up looking OK … but he only had 7 points in the whole second half.”


Halftime: Rockets 50, Clippers 46

It was the lowest scoring first half of the postseason for the Rockets, but they still lead by four at the break, behind 11 points from Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza. Follow live


Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Smart move by Doc Rivers to foul to ensure the last possession of the half. Coaches don't do this enough.

Hack-A-Shaq comes to Houston

After having it used against him in the opening round, Doc Rivers decided to get in on the action, intentionally fouling Josh Smith to send him to the line. Smith went 1-for-2, and the Rockets immediately fouled DeAndre Jordan, who missed both free throws. Follow live