The Rockets win 113-100. Harden scores 31 points, Howard scores 16 points and 15 rebounds and Ariza scores 22 points. Griffin scores 27 points and Paul scores 26 points and 10 assists for the Clippers. Houston wins West Semifinals 4-3. Harden on Game 7:
It’s the ultimate confidence-booster. There’s only a handful of teams that’s done that. We fought back. We fought three really hard games and came away with it.
On West Semifinals Series:
When you’re down 19 on the road, it’s easy to give in and just say, ‘Maybe next year’. But I think the injuries throughout the entire year kind of made us fight through adversity no matter what. We always find a way to fight, and another case was being down 3-1.
Please, we can’t let them pull an us on us.
Griffin on Game 7 loss:
It’s disappointing. We were close, but close doesn’t really count. Almost doesn’t count. We were up 3-1 and didn’t put them away. We can’t look at anybody but ourselves.
The Rockets win 119-107. Howard scores 20 points and 21 rebounds and Harden scores 23 points. Paul scores 31 points and 11 assists, Griffin scores 28 points and Reddick scores 15 points for the Clippers. The West Semifinals Series is tied 3-3. Howard on Game 6:
We kept saying, `We’re not going to quit. We kept believing. We never gave up on each other.
Griffin on Game 6 loss:
We took our foot off the gas, stopped defending, a lot of things.
On Game 7:
It’s about who wants it more.
Coach Mc Hale:
That group just went out there and they just scrambled, they fought and they played their tails off on defense. They had a great sense about them that they were going to accomplish something.
The Rockets win 124-103. Harden scores 26 points, 11 rebounds and ten assists, Howard scores 20 points and 15 rebounds. Griffin scores 30 points, 16 rebounds and Paul scores 22 points and 10 assists for the Clippers. Los Angeles leads West Semifinals Series 3-2. Harden on Game 5 win:
I’m all right. We won, so that’s all that matters.
Coach Rivers on Rockets:
They were more focused. They played like they were the desperate team and we didn’t play very desperate.
Howard on Harden:
This is win or go home and I’m pretty sure he wants this as bad as we all do and he showed that tonight.
The Clippers win 117-101. Griffin scores a triple-double (26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists), Crawford scores 21 points and Barnes scores 20 points. Howard scores 23 points and Harden scores 20 points for the Rockets. Los Angeles leads West Semifinal Series 1-0.
Griffin on Paul:
Without Chris, everybody has to step up. But it’s not one person’s job, it’s everybody’s job. And if you look at the stat sheet tonight, it was everybody.
Barnes on Griffin:
He’s incredible. He gets in the middle of the field and kind of just picks people apart like Tom Brady. That’s like a grown man triple-double right there.
Harden on loss:
I don’t think we took them lightly. I just don’t think we had energy.
The Clippers win 111-109. Griffin scores a triple-double (24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists), Paul scores 27 points. Duncan scores a double-double (27 points and 11 rebounds) Parker scores 20 points and Green scores 16 points. Los Angeles wins West First Series 4-3.
Coach Rivers on Paul:
just a tough kid. He’s a street fighter. I mean, he really is. I love him to death because of his will.
Paul on Game 7 win:
We’ve been in that situation a lot of times already this year, and most of the time I hadn’t made it. We talked about it, and finally it worked when we needed it.
Duncan on Paul’s shot:
Just unbelievable. I know he was playing a little hurt, and he played through all that, found ways to get it done. I mean, just an unbelievable last shot over two of us. He’s just a great leader, and it was amazing to watch. I wish I wasn’t on the other end.
The Clippers win 102-96. Griffin scores 26 points, 12 rebounds and Paul had 19 points, 15 assists. Belinelli scores 23 points, Diaw scores 17 points, Duncan scores 12 points, 13 rebounds and Leonard scores 12 points for the Spurs. The West First Round Series is tied at 3-3.
Coach Rivers on Game 6:
They are mentally tough. We hear all the stuff about them, but this team is mentally tough. We’ve got to do it again.
Paul on Clippers wins:
It was probably one of the most relaxed games we’ve had as far as our mentality. We just stayed the course. Tonight was one of the funnest games of the series. It seems like it’s easy to say that because we won, that definitely helps, but just the intensity of it. I think we just never got rattled.
Coach Popovich on Spurs loss:
Our execution at the offensive end was really poor. There’s no excuse for it. We should be embarrassed at the way we came out for a close out game.
The Clippers win 114-105. Paul scores 34 points, seven assists, Griffin scores 20 points and 19 rebounds. Leonard scores 26 points, Duncan scores 22 points, 10 rebounds and Parker scores 18 points for the Spurs. West First Round Series ties 2-2.
Paul on Coach Rivers:
It’s more than just shooting the ball. Our defense was better and our offensive execution (was better). I think I got more shots because of the tempo of the game that we played at. We played downhill, we set screens; we’re tough when we play like that.
Coach Popovich on Clippers loss:
We lacked a lot of discipline. We didn’t execute sharply enough in what we wanted to strategy-wise or just in general basketball play.
Yeah, (we lost our focus) a little bit at the end of the third quarter. We made a lot of fouls that we could have prevented.
The Warriors wins 110-106 over the Clippers. Curry scores 27 points, Thompson scores 24 points, Lee scores 17 points. Griffin scores 40 points, Paul scores 27 for the Clippers. Paul says of Curry:
The man is tough. They run him off a ton of screens. Three of those shots I was in his chest and he still made them.
I knew he was trailing and I thought I could make a move toward the basket and get some creativity in between,As soon as I saw him kind of go down, I knew I had to shoot it and just see what happened. You kind of get a little adrenaline rush because those are kind of cool moments. Thankfully, the shot went in. I didn’t see the bench’s reaction, but they said everybody was going crazy.
We weren’t playing that well but that’s what we’ve been doing all year: bouncing back.
Seacrest interviews Paul during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about the changes the new owner of the LA Clippers has made.
Man it’s been great. Nothing but excitement. It’s just very different around here. It’s really like a family around here, like everyone is supposed to be together, and I think that’s the biggest thing he’s done.