Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets: Live Score and Analysis

Matthew SchmidtFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2014

November 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) moves the ball against the defense of Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Paul had 30 points and 12 assists, Jamal Crawford added 22 points off the bench and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from an early deficit against the shorthanded Houston Rockets, 118-107, Saturday night, completing a four-game season sweep and clinching a postseason berth.

Dwight Howard (ankle) and Patrick Beverley (knee) sat this one out for the Rockets, and Blake Griffin left the game in the first quarter with back spasms.

Houston jumped out to a 15-point lead in the first half behind red-hot shooting from James Harden and Chandler Parsons, but the Clippers quickly climbed back in thanks to a masterful second quarter by Paul, who scored 17 points in the period.

Los Angeles would outscore the Rockets 95-74 over the final three quarters.

The Clippers shot 47.2 percent from the floor and attempted 41 three-pointers, making 12.

The Rockets were very sloppy with the basketball in this one, an issue that has plagued them all season long. They turned the rock over 19 times, leading to 20 Los Angeles points.

DeAndre Jordan was fantastic for the Clippers on both ends of the floor, registering 20 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. He even made six of nine free throws down the stretch when Houston employed a Hack-a-Jordan strategy.

Harden led the Rockets with 32. Parsons added 28. Unfortunately for Houston, poor performances from Jeremy Lin (1-for-9) and Terrence Jones (1-for-4) ruined any chance it had at beating Los Angeles, even sans Griffin.