Chris Paul returns as Clippers rout Rockets 124-99 in Game 3

first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers did a good job to win one of two games of their Western Conference semifinals series at Houston without Chris Paul, who missed those games with a strained left hamstring.Paul was back in the fold for Game 3 on Friday at Staples Center, though on restricted minutes.The way this crazy postseason has gone, with the Clippers winning three times on the road — including Monday’s Game 1 without Paul — and losing twice at home to San Antonio in the first round, that didn’t assure a Clippers victory.There was more craziness in this one, in the form of a crazy-good performance by Austin Rivers. He scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Fifteen of those points came in the final 4:07 of the third quarter that took the Clippers from a six-point lead to a 23-point advantage heading into the fourth as the Clippers walloped the Rockets 124-99. The Clippers took a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 on Sunday at Staples Center.Rivers scored those 15 third-quarter points on terrific drives to the basket, and even dropped in a 24-foot 3-pointer. The Clippers finished that quarter on an 18-0 run. That onslaught was extended to 23-0 and a 104-76 lead at the outset of the fourth, the last three points of the run coming on a 28-foot 3-pointer by Rivers.The crowd chanted, “Austin Rivers, Austin Rivers.” He was given an ovation when he was replaced by Paul not quite two minutes into the quarter.The Clippers led by as many as 32 points.Speaking of Paul, he played 23 minutes and scored 12 points while dishing out seven assists. J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 31 points on 11-of-14 shooting, Blake Griffin had 22 points and 14 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan scored only six points but grabbed 15 rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 12 points. James Harden led Houston with 23 points, Dwight Howard had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Terry scored 13.Terry showed his frustration when, with eight minutes to play and his team down by 29 points, he pushed an unsuspecting Griffin in the back. Terry was ejected.Paul missed his first two shots of the game and ended up shooting 3 of 9 in the first half, but he did have six assists during those initial 24 minutes of action.Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke prior to tipoff about how he was going to restrict Paul’s minutes by what he was seeing on the floor.“A lot of it will be visually, but we will restrict his minutes for sure,” said Rivers, who previously said he didn’t want to take any chances with Paul’s hamstring injury because he had one during his playing days. “He had a good workout yesterday. We really pushed him in some of the things that he had to do in pick-and-roll and stuff like that.“He looked good, but it is not the game. No matter what you do, it is never the game. So early on I will still watch.”Rivers said he wasn’t as cool with playing Paul as the training staff was.“This is one of those injuries that scare the hell out of me,” he said. “I think our trainers are more comfortable with it, but it is a hamstring. The good thing is he felt pretty good (Thursday) without adrenaline and he wanted to play. Today, obviously with adrenaline, he will be even better.”The Clippers led by just two points at 24-22 and then went on a 9-2 run to finish the first quarter with a 33-24 lead.Struggling Spencer Hawes, the forgotten man, got some playing time in the first quarter after Griffin took his second foul with 5:35 left in the period and had to take a seat. Hawes took one shot in the quarter and sank an 18-footer. He also had a couple of rebounds and two assists.Hawes was brought back in the second quarter to do some Hack-a-Dwight work on Howard.Los Angeles led by as many as 12 points several times in the second quarter, the first time at 46-34 when Redick made three consecutive free throws.With the Clippers leading 50-43, Houston’s Terrence Jones was called for a flagrant 1 foul when he raked Matt Barnes across the face as he was going up for a shot. Barnes made both free throws, the Clippers retained possession and Griffin was eventually credited with a 19-foot basket when Howard was called for goaltending. The Clippers at that point led 54-43.But the Rockets had to feel good going into the halftime break when Harden made a 15-footer at the buzzer to get his team within 64-57.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Moving to the Finish-Line

first_imgThe Ebola Virus Disease is gradually being contained in Liberia, but as is always the case, more robust efforts, endurance and high-level concentration are needed to get the country to the finish line in terms of being declared Ebola free.Everyone seems to be saying this but there is a lot to saying than doing. Liberians and foreign residents have been reminded on several occasions to not to let down their guard otherwise it could trigger a resurgence of the Ebola virus.It was against this background that an International Charity organization, Delivering Good Health Community Service (DGHCS) saw the necessity to intensify its provision of medical supplies and assorted items to institutions responding to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.The founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of DGHCS, Nallie Brumskine Moore, is reminding Liberians that although the situation in the country is gradually improving, Ebola is still here and dangerously contagious and there is no need for complacency. She added, “Adequate resources and efforts must be urgently exerted to completely contain it”.Madam Moore spoke from the United States via telephone upon the arrival of the consignment in the Monrovia. The supplies were subsequently distributed to health centers, orphanages, and humanitarian intuitions. Madam Moore said the donations are intended to buttress government’s efforts in “this final phase” of the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.“We acknowledged those who are playing vital roles at the frontline of the Ebola response”, Madam Brumskine Moore asserted, adding that “the needs of frontline workers and volunteers should be urgently addressed including adequate support and regular recognition of their efforts and commitment.The DGHCS CEO paid special tribute to the Donohue Family Foundation, Georgetown University Hospital, International Association for Human Values and Project Hope for their continuous support to the people of Liberia through DGHC.This is the DGHCS second large donation since the Ebola outbreak. The organization initially imported into the country a large consignment of medical supplies in March this year.The latest DGHCS donation initiative benefited several hospitals, clinics and humanitarian institutions such as the Liberian Red Cross which is heavily involved in the Ebola response and is responsible for managing the retrieval and disposal of Ebola.The country’s largest health facility in the capital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital that was abruptly shut down as a result of the Ebola outbreak was one of the key beneficiaries of the DGHCS donations. Other institutions include the Suehn Clinic in Bomi County, Al Halil clinic on Jamaica Road and the ‘Love a Child’ Orphanage on the Robertsfield Highway.The DGHCS country coordinator, Rev. Joseph Roberts, told the beneficiaries that the donation was part of the organization’s way of helping to strengthen the capacity of hospitals and community clinics to combat the Ebola epidemic.Rev. Roberts emphasized that community clinics and hospitals were hugely affected by the Ebola outbreak in March and it is important to continue to identify with them while the country is experiencing a decline in the Ebola virus disease.Rev. Roberts commended DGHCS founder Moore and her USA partners for their commitment to support the health sector of Liberia and the less fortunate.Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the coordinator of Logistics at John F. Kennedy Memorial hospital, Abraham Attoh, and the founder of Love a Child Orphanage, Madam Rebecca Wreh, lauded the efforts of DGHCS.  Mr. Attoh and Madam Wreh in separate remarks recounted the lack of equipment as a critical challenge that had hindered the fight against Ebola during its first outbreak in March 2014.The Liberia National Red Cross Society Director of Disaster Management, Abdullai Perry also commended the efforts of the DHCS and its partners. He added that the donation would assist the Red Cross which is scaling up its activities covering Social Mobilization, Contact tracing, Psychosocial counseling, community home based protection, provision of survival kits, food distribution and safe and dignified burials in Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more