Nike’s James Harden, Adidas’ Dwight Howard Lead Rockets to Western Conference Finals

The Houston Rockets completed an unlikely comeback Sunday, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 113-100 and advancing to the Western Conference Finals after being down 3-1 in the series.

The Rockets were led by the play of Nike-sponsored James Harden and Adidas-sponsored Dwight Howard. Harden wore a player’s edition of the Nike Zoom Run the One, featuring a red upper with red and wolf gray outsole, and black accents on the interior and a toe-to-midsole swoosh. Howard hit the court in the D Howard 5, with a red-and-white upper and white outsole.

Houston’s scoring was led by its star guard Harden, who posted 31 points and dished out eight assists. Howard put up 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

James Harden of the Houston Rockets in the Nike Zoom Run the One.
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Among the Rockets’ high scorers was forward Trevor Ariza, who made 22 points, including six three-pointers. Ariza hit the court in the Nike Zoom Hyperrev 2015. The shoe was predominantly black with red highlights throughout the upper.

Trevor Ariza of the Houston Rockets in the Nike Zoom Hyperrev 2015.
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Houston will take on the Golden State Warriors for a chance to play in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors, led by Under Armour-sponsored guard and 2014-15 NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, beat the Rockets all four times they faced each other during the regular season.

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