Five things to take away from the
Fast forward to Friday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference second-round playoff series, the night Rivers was one of the best players on the Staples Center court.
He had a career night, his 25 points the most he has scored in a playoff game. Of course, Rivers has only played in 10 playoff games over his three-year career, all of them this season with the Clippers.
Rivers missed only three of his 13 shots and he had six rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot to boot.
The Clippers acquired Rivers from the
"All the stuff I went through in New Orleans made me better," Rivers said late Friday night in the hallway of Staples Center. "Even those coaches there, they made me better. Coach (Monty) Williams made me better, made me a strong person, made me a leader."
Without hesitation, Redick knocked down shot after shot, his 11-for-14 shooting leading him to a playoff career-best 31 points.
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3) All anyone knew after Game 3 was that
Four times in all.
Paul played 23 minutes 8 seconds. He had 12 points and seven assists.
4) The Clippers had complained about the Rockets shooting 64 free throws in Game 2.
In Game 3, Harden, who went 15 of 15 from the free-throw line in Game 2, shot only five free throws, making all of them.
5) The Clippers were destroyed on the backboards in Game 2, getting out-rebounded 54-40. They gave up 15 offensive rebounds to the Rockets.
In Game 3, the Clippers out-rebounded the Rockets, 50-43. DeAndre Jordan had 15 rebounds and Blake Griffin 14.
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