Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin scored 14 of his 22 points
after intermission and the Los Angeles Clippers overwhelmed the Houston
Rockets in the second half to rally for a 107-94 victory at the Toyota Center.
The Clippers outscored the Rockets by a 40-18 margin to turn a 12-point third-
quarter deficit into a 95-85 lead with 3:45 left to play, then held on the
rest of the way to notch their second win against Houston in five days. Los
Angeles posted a 137-118 triumph over the Rockets at the Staples Center on
Monday, prior to dropping the first two tests of a three-game road trip.
JJ Redick also finished with 22 points and DeAndre Jordan racked up 12 points
and 18 rebounds for the Clippers. Chris Paul contributed 14 points and 13
assists to the triumph.
Houston, which shot just 36.1 percent after halftime and dropped its second
straight at home, was paced by Chandler Parsons' 23 points and eight rebounds.
Dwight Howard amassed 21 points and eight boards in the loss, with Patrick
Beverley tallying 19 points for the Rockets.
Down 67-55 five minutes into the third quarter, the Clippers dominated the
remainder of the period to take their first lead since the game's early
Houston missed its last seven shots of the quarter while committing four
turnovers during an 18-0 Los Angeles surge spanning the end of the third and
the beginning moments of the fourth. Consecutive buckets from Jared Dudley,
the last a 3-pointer, knotted the score at 71-71 before Jamal Crawford put
back a Redick miss at the buzzer to send the Clippers ahead.
Redick then began the fourth quarter with a successful runner and Crawford was
fouled when making a layup with 10:21 to go. He sank the ensuing bonus attempt
for a 78-71 advantage.
Houston got the deficit as close as three, but Crawford buried a pair of treys
during a 7-2 spurt that put Los Angeles up by a 95-85 count with under four
Darren Collison's triple with 1:39 remaining provided the dagger for Houston,
which trailed 102-90 at that point.
The Clippers started out strong as well, netting the game's first seven points
and building an 18-8 lead just past the midway mark of the opening quarter.
Houston closed out the frame on an 18-4 run, however, with Howard leading the
charge with eight points that included two successful free throws from the
often foul-line challenged center.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Beverley extended the Rockets' advantage to 39-29
with 7:34 to go in the second quarter, and the margin reached 13 three minutes
later when Parsons threw down a slam off a Beverley steal to make the score
Houston went into halftime up 55-46 behind Howard's 16 points on a 6-of-9
Crawford had 16 points and Collison 10 to lead a Clippers bench that outscored
Houston's reserves by a 28-12 margin ... Beverley finished with a career-high
four steals ... Rockets leading scorer James Harden was held to 12 points on
4-of-15 shooting ... The Clippers have now won seven of the last eight
meetings between the clubs ... Houston scored 54 of its 94 points inside the
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