We’ve been counting down the greatest Rockets games of all time. Here are the top five.
5. May 14th, 2015 – Return of Clutch City – Rockets at Clippers – Western Conference Semifinals, Game 6
Despite injuries to starters Patrick Beverley and Donatas Motiejunas, the Rockets cruised through their first-round series with the Dallas Mavericks with relative ease, but ran into a team considerably more talented than the Mavs in the second round.
The L.A. Clippers offense initially seemed too much for the Rockets, as Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick and Austin Rivers led L.A. to an average of 119.5 point per game through the first four games and a 3-1 series lead.
After a resounding Game 5 victory, the Rockets traveled to L.A. for Game 6 and though they hung tough in the first half, the Clippers pulled away in the 3rd quarter.
Down by 19 and their season slipping away fast, the Rockets began a soon-to-be-legendary comeback led by in-season acquisitions Corey Brewer and Josh Smith.
Brewer scored 15 points in the fourth and Smith poured in 14 in the same stanza, including 3 three-pointers (4 total), to help the Rockets turn an 87-68 elimination-facing deficit into a 119-107 victory.
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