For the second time in the last six nights it was the Los Angeles Clippers that would come out victorious against the Houston Rockets. This time out it was a lot closer and went back and forth until a large Clippers run put the game out of reach and secured a 107-94 Clippers win.
The Rockets had a nine point lead at halftime after another slow start tonight, and it looked like they were on their way to a convincing win against the Clippers. The lead got to double digits in the third quarter but then everything fell apart midway through the 3rd quarter. The Clippers went on an 18-0 run to take back the lead and the Rockets weren’t able to muster much offense for the rest of the game.
James Harden wasn’t 100 percent coming into the game and it showed on the court tonight. Harden only shot the ball 15 times and hit just 4 of them (1-6 from three) for 12 points on the night. The 12 points were Harden’s third-fewest in a Rockets uniform. Jeremy Lin‘s six points came on three quick drives to the basket. Though Lin’s stat line of 6 points, 7 assists, and 5 turnovers looks lacking, Lin was one of the three Rockets players with a plus (+1) in the +/- category.
Patrick Beverley was a huge difference maker for the Rockets tonight. After shooting just 1-10 in the previous game, Beverley knocked down 6-13 shots (3-8 from three) for 19 points to go along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and two blocked shots. Beverley’s defense on Chris Paul (14 points on 13 shots) was outstanding and he clearly makes this Rockets team better with him on the court.
Chandler Parsons led all Houston scorers with 23 points. Parsons was 9-15 from the field with two three pointers to go along 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal. Dwight Howard finished the game with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots in his 39+ minutes of play. Omer Asik played just 23 minutes and finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds.
The Rockets have now lost two in a row and stay home to face the Toronto Raptors. Tipoff is at 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.