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NBA Game Summary - Houston at LA Clippers



(Wednesday, February 26th)

Final Score: LA Clippers 101, Houston 93

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin poured in 23 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 101-93 win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.

Darren Collison added 19 points off the bench and DeAndre Jordan scored 13 points to go with 10 boards and four blocks for the Clippers, winners in three straight.

Chris Paul scored 14 points and handed out nine assists in the win.

"Tonight we got stops when we needed to. It starts with defense," Griffin said.

Dwight Howard paced Houston with 23 points and 11 boards and James Harden added 18 for the Rockets, who had won two straight entering the contest.

Jordan Hamilton knotted things up at 76-76 with his 3-pointer 1 1/2 minutes into the fourth, but Darren Collison and Jared Dudley hit back-to-back treys to give the Clippers an 82-76 edge.

The teams traded buckets form there until Omer Asik slammed one home to pull the Rockets within 86-83 with just under five minutes remaining. Collison countered with a 12-footer to open a 13-6 swing that put the hosts on top 99-89 with 1:17 to go.

Houston never got closer than six the rest of the way.

"They made a couple of big shots and we missed shots. We couldn't generate anything. We didn't play a very complete game. We have to quit throwing the ball to the other team," said Rockets coach Kevin McHale said.

The Clippers opened the game on a 10-0 run, but led just 26-22 after 12 minutes. Houston used a 15-5 run in the second to go up 37-31. The Clippers scored 12 straight to take a 43-37 lead with 4:09 to go in the first half, but the Rockets closed the frame with an 11-3 push to go into the break leading 48-46.

Paul's layup put the Clippers in front 56-54 moments into the second half and neither side led by more than four the rest of the frame. LA owned a 74-73 lead entering the final frame.

Game Notes

Clippers guard Jamal Crawford suffered a left calf strain in the first half and did not return ... The Clippers scored 30 points off 20 Rockets turnovers ... LA outscored Houston 54-46 in the paint ... Hamilton scored 16 points for the Rockets ... Harden, who scored 43 points on 11-of-20 shooting on Tuesday, went just 6-for-16 from the field on Wednesday.

02/27 02:04:12 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 3
CLB 4
Half
CAR 3
PIT 9
 
Final
NYY 5
TOR 2
Final
MIA 1
WAS 2
Final
BAL 2
BOS 3
Final
PIT 1
MIL 0
Final
ATL 2
NYM 10
Final
TAM 5
CWS 10
Final
MIN 2
CLE 7
Final
KAN 5
DET 2
Final
HOU 8
SEA 3
Final
CHC 5
LOS 8
Final
ANA 1
TEX 2
Final
OAK 8
PHI 6
Final
COL 8
ARI 3
Final
SDP 8
SFG 2
7th
STL 2
CIN 3
 
Final
CAR 3
CLB 4
Final
WAS 1
BUF 0
Final
CLB 4
STL 3
3rd
EDM 3
CAL 1
 
3rd
CAL 1
EDM 0
 
Final
CLE 21
BAL 23
Final
STL 31
DAL 34
Final
DET 19
GBP 7
Final
NYG 30
HOU 17
Final
JAC 17
IND 44
Final
NOS 20
MIN 9
Final
NEP 16
OAK 9
Final
BUF 10
SDC 22
Final
CIN 33
TEN 7
Final
PHI 37
WAS 34
Final
ARI 23
SFX 14
Final
SEA 26
DEN 20
Final
MIA 15
KAN 34
Half
CAR 3
PIT 9