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Rockets Complete Comeback, Headed to Western Finals

Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Rockets became the ninth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-100 on Sunday.

James Harden scored 31 points and Dwight Howard added 16 points in the victory.  

"I told our guys 3-1 it feels really bad especially when they stomp on you in games three and four," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said about the team's mindset.  "Our guys just kind grinded it out, one game at a time, we've had many three game winning streaks throughout the year and our guys just rallied together."

This is the Rockets first appearance in the Western Conference Finals since 1997 when Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley were on the roster.

"So close," Clippers guard Chris Paul said on dropping three games in a row.  "I don't even know what that means anymore.  If you're not first, your'e last, being close ain't good enough."

Paul finished with 26 points and Blake Griffin had 27 in the loss.

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Wizards Hold Off Indiana in Game One

Win McNamee/Getty Image(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) -- The Washington Wizards took a 13-point lead into halftime before holding off a late Indiana rally to win Game One of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, 102-96. It is the first second-round playoff win for the Wizards since 1982.

Washington opened the game on an 8-0 run before leading 28-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Pacers then went on a 16-2 run to take their first, and only, lead of the game on a pair of Evan Turner free throws. Nene then gave the Wizards back the lead on the ensuing possession with a layup, and Washington never looked back.

"We know it's a tough building to play in. We haven't won here in a while," said Wizards guard Trevor Ariza, who scored 22 points off the bench. Washington had not won in Indiana since 2007, snapping a 12-game losing streak.

Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Washington defense held Indiana without a basket for more than seven minutes in the final period. That, coupled with a franchise playoff-record 10 3-pointers, proved too much for the Pacers. The Wizards have now won four straight road games this postseason while Indiana, the top seed in the East, have lost Game 1 for the second consecutive series. 

Roy Hibbert was virtually invisible, scoring no points and collecting no rebounds for the Pacers. David West tried to pick up the slack, pouring in 15 points and pulling down 12 boards in the loss. Both George Hill and Paul George scored 18 points to lead Indiana. Game 2 is set for Wednesday night.

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Heat Fall to Wizards, Give Pacers Top Seed

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Indiana Pacers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on Monday night -- without even playing. That's because the Miami Heat suffered a 21-point loss to the Washington Wizards, 114-93, that locked the Heat into the number two spot.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh did not play in the game, as Miami seemed content to give up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs to Indiana. Dwayne Wade, who did play after a nine-game hiatus due to a hamstring injury, said there was no concern in the Heat locker room.

"There would be no disappointment," said Wade who finished with only nine points. "When the playoffs start, we have a new season and we will be looking forward to it."

Miami (54-27) still does not know who their opponent will be in the opening round of the postseason. The Heat will face off against the seven seed, which could either be the Wizards (43-38) or the Charlotte Bobcats. Meanwhile, the Pacers will take on eighth seeded Atlanta.

The Wizards held a slim 27-26 lead at the end of one quarter before outscoring Miami 43-22 in the second to take control. Despite the win, Washington understood that their potential opponent in the playoffs will look much different than the team they dominated on Monday.

"We played against a totally different Miami Heat today than usual," noted Wizards center Marcin Gortat. "Nothing to be excited about."

Gortat posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds while Trevor Ariza led all scorers with 25 points for Washington.

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Beal Out at Least 2 Weeks with Leg Injury

NBA via Washington Wizards(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Wizards announced Tuesday that guard Bradley Beal will miss at least two weeks with a stress injury in his right leg.

The 20-year-old Beal felt soreness in the leg, leading him having it examined.

Beal missed the final eight games of last season due to a stress injury in his right fibula.

"I'm pretty sure I could probably play, I could probably duke it out," Beal said. "But I did that last year and it didn't work out too well. So, I'm just going to play it smart this year and take care of it and just try to get rid of it early."

Beal, the third pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, is averaging 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this season.

Trevor Ariza replaced Beal in the starting lineup in the Wizards win over the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday.

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Hornets, Wizards Involved in Three-Player Deal

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Hornets dealt center Emeka Okafor and forward Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards Wednesday in exchange for forward Rashard Lewis and a second-round pick in this month’s NBA draft.

The 32-year-old Lewis is entering the final season of a six-year contract worth $118 million. The Hornets are expected to waive him before July 1, according to ESPN.

The 29-year-old Okafor was originally drafted out of Connecticut by the Charlotte Bobcats with the second overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft.  The seven-year NBA veteran has averaged 12.7 points per game during his career.

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Lin-Sanity Stopped for Now, Knicks Fall to Hornets, 89-85

New York Knicks/NBA(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks (15-16) six game winning streak was put to a stop on Friday night, and for the time being, so was sensation Jeremy Lin.

The New Orleans Hornets (7-23) got by the Knicks 89-85 at Madison Square Garden and forced Jeremy Lin to commit nine turnovers, which tied for the most in the NBA this season.

Lin scored 26 points in the loss but put the loss squarely on him.

"Just a lackluster effort on my part coming out and careless with the ball, and so nine turnovers is obviously never going to get it done from your primary ballhandler," Lin said. "It's on me in terms of taking care of the ball and also the game in general.  I think everyone wants to credit me for this last seven games, then I definitely deserve this one on my shoulders and so that's fine with me."

Trevor Ariza was a spark for the Hornets on Friday night; he had 25 points in the victory.

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