A Last Quarter Shocker
To East Coast watchers, most can be forgiven for missing the end of the Game 6 of last night’s Rockets/Clippers series. Playing at home, the Clippers were in control late into the third quarter, 87-68. Then the Rockets managed a staggering 51-20 run, winning by double digits in the end in front of an almost empty Staples Center.
Perhaps even more surprising than the comeback is who lead the charge for the Rockets, as superstar James Harden sat on the bench for the fourth quarter. Corey Brewer and mid-season signing Josh Smith combined for 29 of the Rockets’ 40 fourth quarter points.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, it is only the third time in the history of the playoffs that a home team with a chance to clinch a series blew a double digit lead entering the fourth quarter.
Only a few days ago, the series looked to be over as the Clippers won games 3 and 4 easily to take a commanding 3-1 lead. Now it is all tied at three games apiece and is going back to Houston for game 7 on Sunday. The Rockets look to have stolen back the momentum, but that doesn’t seem to count for much in this series.
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