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Clips rout Rockets in Dwight’s L.A. comeback

Clippers Deal Rockets First Loss

 

LA – Dwight Howard returned for the first time to Staples Middle, the place the Los Angeles Clippers ran his Houston Rockets off the floor with their most points in four years.

J.J. Redick scored 19 of his 26 factors in the first half to guide seven players in double figures, and Los Angeles beat Houston 137-118 on Monday night, handing the Rockets their first loss of the season.

“We have been making all the things,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers mentioned. “They have been in foul trouble. Numerous things went right.”

It was the Clippers’ highest-scoring game since having 140 towards the Knicks on March 25, 2009.

“Numerous times I just come out with power and that vitality is just not matched by the man guarding me,” Redick stated.

Chris Paul added 23 points and 17 assists, Jamal Crawford had 21 factors, and Blake Griffin scored 18 for the Clippers, who led the complete sport and tied a franchise document with seventy eight factors within the first half.

“Offense is fairly good,” Paul mentioned. “It’s all about our tempo. We’re up-tempo. If a crew misses, we’re operating.”

Howard finished with thirteen points and 9 rebounds after getting roundly booed in his first game in Los Angeles since leaving the Lakers and signing with Houston in the NBA’s greatest free-agent move this past summer time.

“They can boo me 1,000,000 times. I am going to still play,” he mentioned.

Reflecting on his one up-and-down season with the Lakers, Howard stated, “I simply allowed what people mentioned to affect how I played. However I can not do this. I mean, I am better than that.”

Jared Dudley added 15 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 11 factors and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who’ve gained 5 in a row at home towards Houston and three straight overall after dropping their season opener to the Lakers.

“They’d 15 3s and a ton of paint factors, so that they had the perfect of both worlds,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said.

Coming off a sprained left ankle, Omri Casspi led seven Houston gamers in double figures with 19 points off the bench. James Harden added 15 factors, and Chandler Parsons had 14, along with Jeremy Lin and Francisco Garcia. The Rockets fell to 3-1.

The Clippers turned the final seven minutes into Lob Metropolis, with Paul orchestrating again-to-again, alley-oop passes to Jordan and Griffin that led to dunks. They were part of a 15-5 run that stretched the Clippers’ lead to 129-108.

The Rockets managed the beginning of the fourth however got no closer than nine points. That was as close as they got 4 times within the third.

“They only did whatever they needed,” McHale said. “We just couldn’t cease them.”

The Clippers led 78-66 at halftime. They shot 59 percent from the ground and made 19 of twenty-two free throws. Redick shot 6-of-9 and made all six of his free throws within the half.

“Man can shoot the basketball. It’s unbelievable,” Griffin stated. “The very best part of taking part in with him is he never stops moving. That is how he gets his pictures; he really works for them.”

Howard picked up three fouls in the first quarter. Griffin additionally had three fouls by halftime, together with two in an 11-second span simply before the break.

Game notes

The Clippers set a franchise report for three-point attempts in a recreation with 38… The Clippers’ 78 points within the first half tied the franchise record set on March thirteen, 1998, towards Toronto… Howard will face the Lakers for the first time Thursday in Houston. “There’s no want to talk about what the Lakers could have executed. I made my decision and I am dwelling with it,” he mentioned. “I am blissful where I’m at, I am in a terrific place. Everyone ought to transfer forward. It’s over with.”

 

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