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Rockets top Clippers in Game 7 to advance to Western Conference finals
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Rockets top Clippers in Game 7 to advance to Western Conference finals
Sunday May 17th, 2015

With the Los Angeles Clippers trailing the Houston Rockets late in the fourth quarter of Game 7, Chris Paul went to extreme lengths to make sure he was called for a foul on Dwight Howard.

The Clippers were down 104–98 with 1:26 left to play when DeAndre Jordan missed a free throw. Howard went to box Paul out and secure the rebound, and Paul responded by jumping on Howard's back to intentionally foul him and send him to the free-throw line. 

It wasn't a true example of the Hack-A-Shaq strategy, since Howard was not away from the ball, but the Clippers still sent a poor free-throw shooter to the line. 

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​Houston won the game, 113–100, and advanced to face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals. Game 1 of that series is Tuesday.

- Dan Gartland

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