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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

Shaq takes a tumble

Can you get fined for flopping when it happens in the studio? Shaquille O'Neal probably hopes not, after he took an epic spill during TNT's halftime show Wednesday night.

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Rose not getting to line

Derrick Rose has driven to the paint 18 times this series, but has yet to attempt a free throw. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after Chicago's Game 2 loss: "It looks like there's a lot of contact to me. But obviously others don't see it that way."

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Rockets pushing back

Houston is on a 10-2 run, cutting the Clippers' lead to 6 and forcing Doc Rivers to call a timeout with 7:35 left in the 3rd quarter. Dwight Howard has 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets. Follow live

Because there are stats for everything...

LeBron James scored 33 points in Game 2 and is now averaging 26.3 PPG while wearing a headband this season. He averaged just 23. 1 PPG during his headband-less games.

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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

The last player to average at least 24 points, 13 rebounds & 8 assists in the playoffs as Blake Griffin is doing is Oscar Robertson in 1963.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Blake Griffin has been the best all-around player in the playoffs. First in rebounds, third in assists and fifth in points.

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.