Final Score: LA Clippers 101, Houston 93
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin poured in 23 points and
pulled down 16 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 101-93 win over
the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.
Darren Collison added 19 points off the bench and DeAndre Jordan scored 13
points to go with 10 boards and four blocks for the Clippers, winners in three
Chris Paul scored 14 points and handed out nine assists in the win.
"Tonight we got stops when we needed to. It starts with defense," Griffin
Dwight Howard paced Houston with 23 points and 11 boards and James Harden
added 18 for the Rockets, who had won two straight entering the contest.
Jordan Hamilton knotted things up at 76-76 with his 3-pointer 1 1/2 minutes
into the fourth, but Darren Collison and Jared Dudley hit back-to-back treys
to give the Clippers an 82-76 edge.
The teams traded buckets form there until Omer Asik slammed one home to pull
the Rockets within 86-83 with just under five minutes remaining. Collison
countered with a 12-footer to open a 13-6 swing that put the hosts on top
99-89 with 1:17 to go.
Houston never got closer than six the rest of the way.
"They made a couple of big shots and we missed shots. We couldn't generate
anything. We didn't play a very complete game. We have to quit throwing the
ball to the other team," said Rockets coach Kevin McHale said.
The Clippers opened the game on a 10-0 run, but led just 26-22 after 12
minutes. Houston used a 15-5 run in the second to go up 37-31. The Clippers
scored 12 straight to take a 43-37 lead with 4:09 to go in the first half, but
the Rockets closed the frame with an 11-3 push to go into the break leading
Paul's layup put the Clippers in front 56-54 moments into the second half and
neither side led by more than four the rest of the frame. LA owned a 74-73
lead entering the final frame.
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford suffered a left calf strain in the first half
and did not return ... The Clippers scored 30 points off 20 Rockets turnovers
... LA outscored Houston 54-46 in the paint ... Hamilton scored 16 points for
the Rockets ... Harden, who scored 43 points on 11-of-20 shooting on Tuesday,
went just 6-for-16 from the field on Wednesday.
02/27 02:04:12 ET
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