Warriors to face Houston in Western Conference Finals

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Monday, May 18, 2015
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (left) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (right).
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (left) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (right).
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OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The Rockets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-100 in the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday. Houston will now face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals. Game 1 will be Tuesday at Oracle Arena at 6 p.m.

James Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Houston Rockets never trailed in their win over the Clippers. This is the first time the Rockets have been in the Western Conference finals since 1997.

It's the ninth time in NBA history that a team has overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win a playoff series.

The Rockets needed an epic comeback to overcome a 19-point third-quarter deficit and force Game 7. No such heroics were needed Sunday when they were up by 17 after three and Howard opened the fourth quarter with a 3-point play to push it to 88-68.

Blake Griffin scored five points in a 9-0 run to cut the lead to eight points with less than 2 1/2 minutes remaining. Harden made a pair of free throws after that, but a dunk by DeAndre Jordan got the Clippers within eight again. This time Trevor Ariza hit a 3 from the corner to secure the victory.

Griffin had 27 points and Chris Paul had 26 points and 10 assists.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.