L.A. Clippers vs. Houston Rockets: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
Well, the Houston Rockets made a big statement Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, beating them 98-91 without James Harden on the floor.
After a tight first half, the Rockets came out on fire in the third quarter on both sides of the ball. The outscored the Clippers 30-13 in the quarter, which gave them the lead for good.
It truly was a team effort for the Rockets, with five players in double digits—Jeremy Lin (15), Chandler Parsons (15), Francisco Garcia (15), Omer Asik (13) and Carlos Delfino (11).
The Clippers struggled to protect the ball, committing 18 turnovers and shooting just 38.7 percent from the floor as a team.
Chris Paul (19), Blake Griffin (12) and Jamal Crawford (15) were the only players in double digits for the Clippers. Caron Butler's awful 2-of-10 shooting from the floor didn't help the Clippers' cause either.
With the Denver Nuggets winning on Friday the Clippers hopes of gaining the third seed in the West took a major hit.
The Rockets on the other hand are still holding onto hope that they can bypass the Golden State Warriors for the six seed in the West.
Houston Rockets 98, L.A. Clippers 81
Chandler Parsons—15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists
Chris Paul—19 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds
FINAL. Rockets 98 - 81 Clippers. Chris Paul (19p+7a+5r), Crawford (15p+3r). Parsons (15p+9r+4a), Lin (15+3a), F. Garcia (15p).— NBA (@Todoligas_NBA) March 31, 2013
Rockets win! The Harden-less Rockets beat the Clippers 98-81 behind 15 points each from Lin, Parsons & Garcia. Asik added 13p/12r.— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 31, 2013
Patrick Beverly with a spectacular move, leads to an easy, easy goal-tending call thanks to Ryan Hollis.
Rockets held the Clippers to just 13 points in the 3rd quarter. #Defense?
Rickets 85, Clippers 63—end of the 3rd quarter
And there is your nightly how'd he do that from Pat Beverley, ripping rebound from Barnes, setting up Parsons 3.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 31, 2013
The Clippers have been outscored 22 to 11 in the 3rd quarter. Rough quarter for the Clip Show.
Rockets 77, Clippers 63—2:28 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Clippers are really losing to a James Harden-less Rockets— Bri.Warren (@BrianaBball) March 31, 2013
A relatively awful offensive foul called on Blake Griffin. He was a bit out of control, but still that was questionable.
Rockets 76, Clippers 59—3:14 remaining in the 3rd quarter
With Rockets lead at 13, VDN calls on Crawford early. Rockets miss a couple good looks and Crawford nails a 3. He'll be gunning.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 31, 2013
7:34 3Q: Rockets 67, Clippers 54. HOU outscoring LAC, 34-16, in the paint— Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) March 31, 2013
For a team that doesn't play defense all that often, the Rockets are putting together a solid performance in the 3rd quarter—forcing 3 turnovers, and outscoring the Clippers 12-5.
Rockets 67, Clippers 54—7:47 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Omer Asik with 11 points and seven assists is well on his way to a double double, which is huge for the Rockets—especially when he's going up against DeAndre Jordan.
Rockets 60, Clippers 52—8:40 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Omer Asik gets things started for the Rockets int he 2nd half with a smooth curl on DeAndre Jordan.
Rockets 57, Clippers 52—10:35 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Rockets 55, Clippers 50 at half. Solid defensive q for Hou. Mostly took care of ball (2 tos in 2nd). Lin with 10, Garcia 13. CP3 w 13, 5a.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 31, 2013
Caron Butler launched up a smooth air ball as the 2nd quarter came to an end, crowd lets him hear it.
The Rockets simply outscored the Clippers in the 1st half, mainly because they were able to limit their turnovers to 10, after 7 in the 1st half.
Rockets 55, Clippers 50—end of the 2nd quarter
After a turnover happy Q1, the Rockets now trail the Clippers in turnovers 10 to 11.— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 31, 2013
Caron Butler called for the travel, but after the play he launched a floater about 30 feet in the air and it went in.
Rockets 52, Clippers 46—1:08 remaining in the 2nd quarter
During time out, J.J. Watt hugged the veterans introduced/honored at mid-court. Pretty cool. Crowd went kind of nuts.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 31, 2013
Francisco Garcia's high game with the Rockets was 8 points. He has 13 in 9 1/2 minutes. Shooting 37.4 % this season, he's 4 of 5.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 31, 2013
Jamal Crawford missed an opportunity for a lob city slam on that one. Took the layup himself instead.
Rockets 48, Clippers 46—2:35 remaining in the 2nd quarter
Francisco Garcia leading all scorers with 13 on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
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