Clippers top Rockets, win again without Paul
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Paul sat for a second straight game with a bruised kneecap, but for a second consecutive night, the result remained the same.
Eric Bledsoe filled Paul's spot nicely once again, posting a season-high 19 points along with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals as the Los Angeles Clippers downed the Houston Rockets, 117-109, on Tuesday.
Blake Griffin finished 19 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who once again got solid contributions from their bench. Jamal Crawford sank 11-of-20 from the field en route to a season-best 30 points and Matt Barnes chipped in with 18 to help Los Angeles become the NBA's second 30-win team.
Following a disappointing three-game road trip, the Rockets' poor shooting in the third quarter contributed largely to the team's fourth straight loss. James Harden led Houston with 23 points and Jeremy Lin added 12 points and 10 assists.
Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino contributed 17 and 16 points, respectively, in the setback.
01/15 22:44:17 ET