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Houston, without Harden, denies Clippers a nifty 50th

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Omer Asik had a double-double and the Houston Rockets locked down defensively in the second half to earn a 98-81 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at Toyota Center.

Asik tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin and Francisco Garcia each chipped in with 15 points to help fill the offensive void left by James Harden, who sat with a sore foot.

Carlos Delfino added 11 points as Rockets snapped a five-game skid against the Clippers.

For the second straight night, Los Angeles was denied a franchise-best 50th win. Chris Paul had a team-high 19 points, Jamal Crawford followed with 15 and Blake Griffin scored 12 in the defeat.

03/30 22:34:17 ET