Almost everyone in the world thought that the Rockets’ time in this years playoffs was coming to an abrupt end. The Clippers seemed to have the game in the bag entering into the fourth quarter. The whole game, L.A. star Blake Griffin, had been putting on a show; putting ankle-breaking moves on defenders, and even making a no-look, 180 degree, contested layup. The other players of Los Angeles seemed to fit in well with Griffin leading the way with each player contributing greatly. Though the Clippers were playing great, Houston was also beating themselves. Harden was missing almost every shot he put up, and had a number of turnovers. The big men of Houston were struggling at even buying a layup through the first 3 quarters of the game. However, that all changed once the 4th quarter began.
The Rockets entered the last quarter on a 9-0 run to trail by 13 points. The scoring of the 4th quarter did not come from the player that received MVP votes this year, as James Harden sat on the bench for the entire final quarter. Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, Jason Terry, Josh Smith, and Dwight Howard send the Rockets soaring past the Clippers. Smith, who was criticized heavily for his play up to that point, went off, scoring 14 points in the quarter. Brewer scored the same amount the Clippers did in the final quarter, 15 points. Although Howard only scored 5 points in the quarter, he pulled down 5 rebounds and had a key block, Howard would end the game with 20 points and 21 rebounds, a thing of beauty.
The Rockets ended the game on a 49-18 point run as the Clippers threw the lead straight away. Game 7 of the series will be played at Houston where the Rockets were 30-11 in the regular season. As the Clippers threw away the lead that they had in the 3rd quarter, they may have just threw away the entire series and continue their season streak of never making it to the Western Conference Finals to 44.