It might be time to start paying attention to these NBA playoffs.
There were three game sevens played on the same day Saturday, for the first time in league history, and the three home teams won.
The most emotional victory came at Staples Center when a pumped-up Doc Rivers led a cheering full house in Game 7 as the Clippers eliminated Golden State 126-121. Blake Griffin scored 24 points and Chris Paul had 22 points and 14 assists for the Clippers. They meet Oklahoma City in the next round.
The Thunder beat the Grizzlies 120-109 in another Western Conference quarterfinal and the Pacers survived their first-round scare with a 92-80 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Pacers will next face the Washington Wizards.
"We needed that. The adversity is good for us," Rivers said in the team's locker room after his team's thrilling victory. "My excitement wasn't for me at all. It was for everybody. I wanted the fans to get excited and exhale for a second. Because all we have is a second, we play on Monday," he added in his post-game press conference.
The Clippers' victory was one helluva an ending to a hellacious past week for the team. It came a week to the day after tapes of owner Donald Sterling spewing his thoughts on race were released via TMZ and then Deadspin. The fallout led to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banning him from the league for life and fining him $2.5 million. The league is also moving to force Sterling to sell the team.
Sterling's wife, Rochelle, was at the game.
"She should not be at the games," noted TNT analyst Charles Barkley.
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