One play rarely sums up a game — or the last three games of a series — but this play does.
It’s the Rockets getting the ball into the paint and kicking it out to an open shooter. It’s the Rockets’ role players stepping up and hitting shots — Trevor Ariza was 6-of-12 from three in this game. It was the Clipper defender Jamal Crawford sagging into the paint and leaving his man wide open for a three for no reason.
It was the Rockets answering the bell once again — every time the Clippers made a run to get close in Game 7, the Rockets had an answer. This was the last one of the game, and it was the dagger in Houston’s 113-100 series-clinching, Game 7 win.