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Rivers pokes fun at Rockets fans' silence

Houston took an early lead on Los Angeles, and Rockets fans let the Clippers bench know about it. But when things got quiet as the Clips pulled in front, coach Doc Rivers wondered where the noise went ... and encouraged more booing.

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Michael Wilbon @RealMikeWilbon

No way I'd play CP3 in Game 2 after taking opener in Houston. What a poor performance by the Rockets, all the way around...

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Griffin is the 3rd non-guard in NBA history with back-to-back playoff triple-doubles. (Havlicek in 1968, Chamberlain twice in 1967)via ELIAS

Clippers steal a Game 1 win

No Chris Paul? No problem for Los Angeles, as Blake Griffin tallied his second straight triple-double to lead the Clippers to a 117-101 win over the Rockets. It's Griffin's third triple-double of the postseason. Box score

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Figured the Clippers would lose this one by 20, even if Chris Paul played. Amazed they were able to refocus so quickly after Game 7.

Mark Cuban @mcuban

Whats the difference between FTs in a Hack-a-whoever, and someone who gets to the line all the time. Is it more fun to watch a FT go in ?

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

DeAndre Jordan hits both free throws and the Clippers go up on the Rockets, 103-93 with 2:50 left in the 4th quarter.

Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

Everyone who says "all" Harden does is draw fouls isn't appreciating how hard is it to recognize &react quickly before defender can withdraw

Clippers coming up big in the fourth

With a deluge of 3-pointers, Los Angeles has taken a double-digit lead on the Rockets with less than 3 minutes left in regulation. Blake Griffin is leading the way, and he's 1 rebound shy of a triple-double. Follow live

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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

This is as vocal as I've ever seen Blake Griffin on the court. He is, by his own admission, a quiet leader who leads by example usually.

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Rockets look very disjointed on offense. Need to get more touches for Howard on the post and Harden in clear situations.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Chris Paul high fiving each one of his teammates before the start of the fourth quarter. "We're going to win this one," he tells them.

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Clippers saw big improvement when Austin Rivers brought the ball up in the 3rd 6-19, 15 points in 1st half 8-11, 24 points in 3rd quarter