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                  === Clippers return home to face Rockets ===
 
 (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers finally returned from their eight-
 game  Grammy road  trip and will try  and build on a couple of impressive wins
 Wednesday night when they host the Houston Rockets.
 
 The  Clippers got  their  key pieces  back  healthy in  the  form of  All-Star
 starters  Chris  Paul and Blake  Griffin. They looked spectacular in victories
 over the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers on consecutive nights.
 
 After  a 102-88  win in  MSG over  the Knicks  Sunday afternoon,  the Clippers
 blitzed  the  Sixers Monday night and  never trailed. L.A. outplayed Philly in
 every facet and walked out of the Wells Fargo Center with a 107-90 thumping.
 
 "It was a collective effort," Paul said. "Our starting unit, we got up 6-0 and
 they  had to take  a timeout and we kept the pressure on. The second unit came
 in and kept it going. We just never let really them get into a rhythm."
 
 Paul  had 21  points, 11  assists and  five steals  in just  over 24  minutes.
 Griffin scored 20 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and handed out five assists.
 Griffin  and DeAndre  Jordan delighted the Philadelphia fans with some serious
 dunks.
 
 "I  think  we have an exciting  team and people want  to come watch the way we
 play  sometimes," Griffin said. "It's one of those things where we kind of had
 it rolling."
 
 The  Clippers  went 4-4 on  the sojourn east  and have three  in a row at home
 after the All-Star break.
 
 Houston  picked up its second win in its last three games Tuesday night on the
 road  against  the Golden State  Warriors, 116-107.  When these teams met last
 week,  the Rockets  matched an NBA record with 23 made 3-pointers. The Rockets
 only  converted 10  from long range on  Tuesday, but pulled ahead with a 31-23
 advantage in the third quarter.
 
 "If  we  can get ball and  body movement, we  become hard to guard," said head
 coach  Kevin McHale. "We scored 116 again. When we have ball and body movement
 we usually get 110 or more throughout the game."
 
 The  Rockets have scored  over 100 in 10 straight games, going 7-3 during that
 time.  They are  second to the Oklahoma  City Thunder in scoring, thanks in no
 small part to All-Star James Harden.
 
 Fifth  in the  NBA in scoring at  26.1 ppg, Harden netted 27 on Tuesday night.
 Seven Rockets players went over the 10-point mark and the well-balanced attack
 was  needed. In  the second half, Harden stepped on Golden State forward David
 Lee's foot and rolled his ankle.
 
 "It looked kind of nasty," said McHale.
 
 Harden came back to ice the victory.
 
 "I'm just going to get the proper treatment for it and hopefully I'll be ready
 to  go tomorrow,"  Harden said  on  Tuesday. "My  main focus  is on  tomorrow,
 getting the right treatment, icing it as much as possible and trying to get my
 ankle and knee ready for tomorrow's game."
 
 The  Clippers won  this season's first matchup with Houston, a 117-109 victory
 on  Jan. 15  in Space City. L.A. has  taken four in a row over the Rockets and
 Houston last beat the Clippers in L.A. on Dec. 22, 2010.
 
 
 02/13 10:52:06 ET

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