Griffin, Redick lead Clippers past Rockets, 107-94
HOUSTON (AP) – Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick scored 22 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers used an 18-0 run in the second half to rally for a 107-94 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
Jamal Crawford had 16 points, Chris Paul added 14 points and 13 assists and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 18 rebounds for the Clippers. Griffin also had seven rebounds and Redick shot 8 for 15 from the field.
Los Angeles shot 14 for 23 on free throws, but just 9 for 24 on 3-pointers.
Dwight Howard had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, but was just 5 for 11 on free throws. Chandler Parsons added 23 points and eight rebounds, while Patrick Beverley scored 19 points.
James Harden, who was a game-time decision with a bruised left foot, had 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting.
Houston finished 17 of 27 from the free throw line.
Trailing 71-60 with 5 minutes remaining in the third, the Clippers scored the final 13 points of the quarter to take a two-point lead on a tip-in by Crawford at the buzzer.
Los Angeles kept the run going to start the fourth, with Crawford capping it with a three-point play with 10:21 remaining in the game to increase the lead to 78-71. Crawford had seven points and Jared Dudley added five points in the spurt that lasted nearly seven minutes.
Houston pulled to 84-80 on Harden’s three-point play with 7:21 remaining, but that would be as close as they would get.
Los Angeles had a 9-3 run over the next three minutes to increase the advantage to 92-83 on Griffin’s free throw with 4:15 to go.
Houston tried a `Hack a Jordan’ tactic with 3 minutes remaining, and despite Jordan missing both free throws, Los Angeles countered by fouling Howard and taking Jordan out of the game. Howard made a free throw to get the Rockets to 97-90, but Redick hit two free throws and Darren Collison made a 3-pointer with 1:39 remaining to make stretch the lead to 102-90.
The Clippers opened up an 18-8 lead midway through the first quarter as Redick scored eight of Los Angeles’ first 10 points. Houston finished the quarter on an 11-0 run over the final 3:40 of the period. Howard had 10 points in the first, including the first four of the run.
Houston kept it up in the second quarter, extending the lead to 10 at 39-29 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Beverley with 7:26 left in the period.
The Rockets led 55-46 at halftime.
NOTES: Los Angeles F Matt Barnes missed his third straight game with a right thigh contusion. … Beverley had a career-high four steals. … The Sandau Trio Russian Bar, who were on “America’s Got Talent” performed at halftime.