Clippers build season's 1st 3-game winning streak by stopping Rockets in Houston 102-85. Trip record a glossy 5-1 w/Jazz on tap in SLC Sat.
The Clippers (10-5) win three straight for the first time this season.
FINAL: Clippers 102, Rockets 85. Blake Griffin has 30 points, 10 rebounds. Clippers can go 6-1 on the road trip with a win tomorrow in Utah.
Clippers beat Houston, 102-85. Hardly impressive. Even the Lakers beat the depleted Rockets
Final: Clippers with 102-85 at Houston. Move to 5-1 on current road trip thanks to 30 from Griffin and 21 from Crawford.
FINAL: Clippers 102, Rockets 85. Rockets shoot just 39%, go 10-37 3P, to fall to 12-4. Canaan injury (ankle) is latest concern.
DeAndre Jordan just lip-synced "Blurred Lines" to Ekpe Udoh during the last timeout. Related note: Clippers up 20.
Rockets starters, save Tarik Black, all out. With Clips up 21, Doc Rivers clears his bench, too.
Do the Clippers even need to play the fourth? Rocket have not scored a basket -- just one FT in fourth quarter so far. 5:21 left to play
Kaman and ZBo share words, a laugh pregame. They were teammates on the Clippers in 08-09.
Rockets are 0 for the fourth quarter with 7:17 left. Clips up 17 as Griffin returns.
Clippers 85, Rockets 72 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Blake Griffin with 28 points and 8 assists. Jamal Crawford with 21 points.
Clips up 85-72 after 3. Harden running offense, defending a center (Hawes) and scoring (had 8 in 3rd.) But now, must sit.
Clippers 18-point lead in third down to 85-72 at end of quarter.
Troy Daniels and Joey Dorsey check in with Clippers up 18. They should get plenty of time tonight.
Rockets down 18 3 1/2 mins into 2nd half, not coming close to slowing Clippers. Call it early and save something for Milwaukee tomorrow?
Clippers open 3rd quarter on a 12-4 run to take a 68-50 lead
Rare CP3 on-court celebration, but he emoted (a little) after that transition 3 to put Clippers up 68-50.
End of 1st half: Clippers up 56-44. 18 points for Blake Griffin and 15 for Jamal Crawford.
Clippers 56, Rockets 44, halftime
Clippers up, 56-44 at half. With Houston missing 3 starters and Canaan tweaking his ankle, the Clippers better win this game decisively
HALF: Clippers 56, Rockets 44. LAC shoots 51%, Rockets just 6-18 from three. That Canaan injury really hurts.
Former Rockets great I left out of the roll call: Sam Cassell. He's a Clippers assistant.
Fan in the third row: hey Payton, you go to Great Clips for that haircut? Guy next to him: it looks like somebody put a lighter to it.
It should be noted Ekpe Udoh is the Clippers' best cheerleader. On his feet after every bucket.
Clippers were on an 18-1 run before a Canaan corner 3. Rockets have very few offensive options left and lots of made defensive matchups.
Rockets missing plenty of shots. Clippers are on a 16-1 run, now lead 37-25, 8:42 2Q. Harden checks back in.
Clippers went from a 1 of 6 start to making 8 of next 9 shots before quarter ended w/ Jason Terry stuffing Big Baby inside. Clips up, 26-24.
Clippers open 26-24 lead over Rockets after first quarter
Clips up 26-24 after one. Canaan has 9 to lead Rockets. LAC defense focused on Harden (2p-3a). He played whole quarter, took just 2 shots.
Blake Griffin made 2 J's in a row but missed his 3rd. If the Clippers get a stop, he'll get another chance to be "on fire."
Clips sending all kinds of defensive help on Harden. In first six minutes, has three assists before his first shot.
Clippers 1/6 from field right now
Clippers offense is really struggling right now - 1/4, 3 turnovers to start the game.
Rockets have two deflections (one steal) in Clippers' first 3 possessions.
Matt Barnes returns for Clippers, will start.
The hottest of all the Clippers, CP3, out early getting up shots b4 facing Rockets in Houston. Tip @ 5 Prime Ticket. http://t.co/IV35GNebVN