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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Rockets offense and energy is flat, again. Rockets 2-14 from 3 and shooting 42.6 percent from floor. Harden struggling with double-teams.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

The Clippers and Blake Griffin graduated during that Spurs series. Forget everything you thought about them before.

Clippers pull ahead

In nearly a carbon copy of Game 1, the Clippers fell behind double digits in the first quarter and stormed back to take the lead in the second. Doc Rivers' squad is up by 7 points with 3 minutes left in the first half. Follow live

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron on the headband: "I don't know, it was just in my locker ... It was time for it to make a comeback"

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Blake Griffin with back to back buckets and the Clippers take the lead. Clippers 42, Rockets 39 with 7:30 left in the 2nd quarter.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Rockets' 11-point lead is down to 4 and the Clippers are jumping up and down on the sideline like they're up. Super confident right now.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Shane Battier surprises LeBron in the Cavs locker room: "Holy s---! Get the f--- out of here man!" Then a big hug.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Lester Hudson check into the game. Crazy he's playing crucial minutes in the semifinals. Clips signed him to a 10-day from China in March.

Whistles aplenty in Houston

The Clippers and Rockets have been called for 6 fouls each, as Houston has taken a 7-point lead with 3 minutes left in the first quarter. Follow live

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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

The fans are college-close to Clippers' bench in Houston. The players love it; occasionally engaging with the hecklers.

James adapting game to absences

LeBron James said after the Cavs' Game 2 win without Kevin Love and J.R. Smith: "We're very short-handed right now ... so I have to be aggressive, even more aggressive than my usual self."

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Rockets take early lead

Dwight Howard is making the most of DeAndre Jordan's early foul trouble. The Rockets' center has 8 points on four dunks, and Houston leads 16-10 midway through the first quarter. Follow live

Dave McMenamin @mcten

David Blatt on Iman Shumpert: "I hope he's going to be OK ... Time for one of those miracle 48-hour recoveries"

Cavs cruise to Game 2 win

With LeBron James back in his trademark headband, the Cavaliers got back on track. Cleveland led wire to wire to tie up the series with the Bulls.

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