Then the Clippers completely fell apart, both offensively and defensively.
The Clippers were outscored, 40-14, in the fourth quarter, and ended up losing to the Rockets, 119-107, in Game 6 at
How bad were the Clippers in the fourth quarter?
The Rockets were 12 for 19 from the field (63.2%), while the Clippers were 4 for 22 (18.2%). The Clippers went 6:45 without a field goal after Chris Paul's driving layup with 6:47 left. The Clippers were also outrebounded, 21-5.
Blake Griffin didn't score, missing each of his five shots. Jamal Crawford didn't score, missing each of his four shots. The Clippers were outshot from beyond the three-point line, 63.6% to 22.2%, the Rockets making seven of their 11 shots from beyond the arc, the Clippers making only two of their nine shots from that distance.
"I felt bad for them, honestly, because they want it so bad," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "And sometimes you want stuff so bad that you can't get it because you're in your own way."
The Clippers were on the verge of reaching the
The home team wins Game 7s nearly 80% of the time in
Only eight teams in NBA history have recovered from a 3-1 series deficit to advance to the next round. After Thursday's win, Rockets' center
"Our faith was tested all night and throughout this whole series, and instead of us folding, we just kept it together," Dwight Howard said. "Now we've got one more game."
While the Rockets were celebrating, the Clippers were mourning.