For the second straight night, the Los Angeles Clippers set out to battle without their best player, Chris Paul. It didn't matter (again), as they blew out the Houston Rockets, 117-109, at the Toyota Center in Houston Tuesday night.
After going back and forth for the entire first half, Los Angeles began to pull away early in the third quarter by making good use of the three ball. Blake Griffin basically deciding nobody on the Rockets could guard him was also helpful.
Jamal Crawford caught fire, finishing with 30 points in 30 minutes on a variety of step-back jumpers and spot-up three-pointers, and Griffin made seven of his 13 shots for 19 points to go along with eight assists.
After scoring 14 points in the first quarter, Rockets guard James Harden was held to just nine points for the rest of the game.