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May 8, 2015 Updates

Diamond Leung: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey yesterday on James Harden for MVP: "No. 1 on my ballot." http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12843409 Twitter @diamond83

Arash Markazi: Matt Barnes said he was supposed to call the league this afternoon and already got a tongue lashing from Doc Rivers. Twitter @ArashMarkazi

A source told ESPN that the Rockets informed the NBA about Barnes' verbal exchanges with fans in both games of the series. The Rockets tied the series Wednesday at 1-1 with a 115-109 win. "I heard about some of that stuff," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Thursday afternoon. "You don't say anything to [the mother]. If you got something to say, say it to the guy you're playing against. I never thought of talking bad to Magic [Johnson's] mother. It's hard enough talking trash to Magic." ESPN.com

May 7, 2015 Updates

James Harden's mother tells TMZ Sports ... Matt Barnes PERSONALLY APOLOGIZED Wednesday night ... after the L.A. Clippers star hurled an extremely rude comment to her during last night's NBA playoff game. Monja Willis wouldn't tell us exactly what Barnes said to her at the Toyota Center in Houston during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals ... saying, "We'll leave that on the court." TMZ.com

Harden scored 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Houston Rockets to a 115-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night that evened their Western Conference semifinal at one game apiece. "I knew my team was battling extremely hard and basically it was up to me to go out there and push us forward," Harden said. Dwight Howard had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who bounced back from a 117-101 loss in the opener. Game 3 is Friday night in Los Angeles. "We let Game 1 slip away and we didn't want that feeling for Game 2," Harden said. "It's going to be a tough two games in a row, but we've got our mojo now." USA Today Sports

Trevor Ariza added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Houston, which made 42 of its 64 free throws. Both were franchise playoff records. Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 34 points, but had just eight after halftime as Houston keyed on him with All-Star point guard Chris Paul out with a hamstring injury. "We got out of the rhythm, offensively, and that's where the game changed for us," Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said. "We got stuck trying to go to Blake too much, and we forgot about the guys on the other side of the floor. That hurt us." USA Today Sports

When James Harden finished his usual pregame shooting routine, he made an unusual stop on his way off the court. Harden stopped to greet 100-year-old Rockets fan Wilbert Jackson, a long-time loyal Rockets fan who was sitting in the front row for his first-ever Rockets game and wearing a Harden No. 13 shirt. “You’re my man,” Jackson told Harden. “No, you’re my man,” Harden said. “Have fun tonight.” Houston Chronicle

May 5, 2015 Updates

"I don't think we took them lightly," Harden said. "I just don't think we had energy." Griffin, who also had a triple-double on Saturday, has three this postseason. "Blake was just sensational," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "I got on him because ... he stopped looking to score and I told him at one point, 'We need you to do everything,' and he did it.'" Harden scored five straight points after the Clippers took their big lead, but Houston couldn't do much after that and fans started heading for the exits with about two minutes left. USA Today Sports

May 4, 2015 Updates

Long before Rockets guard James Harden went from MVP candidate to runner-up, he insisted the award would be nice, maybe even a dream, but not a goal. With Golden State guard Stephen Curry officially named the runaway winner of the 2014-15 MVP, Harden said Monday he still had other things in mind. “It’s tough, but in the second round of the playoffs, I have better things to worry about,” Harden said. “That’s the Clippers, a very good team that’s coming in. It didn’t work out, but there’s more of the season to continue to play. That (the pursuit of a championship) is what it’s all about. Obviously, an individual award, the MVP is something amazing, but we have a great opportunity in this locker room. I’m not going to let that, one little, individual award affect what we have going on in this locker room. We still have a great season to play and some great games ahead of us.” Houston Chronicle

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