What a win for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers were trying to avoid back to back road losses and to keep their lead in the Pacific division. They would accomplish both in a thrilling overtime win versus the Houston Rockets. Once again it was vintage Chris Paul. CP3 was money during the whole game, but particularity in the fourth quarter and overtime. After lasts game lack luster performance by the Clippers, it felt as if CP3’s M.V.P. chances were slipping away. Many have him in the top three along with LeBron James and Kevin Durant, but another fellow Los Angeles player is strongly making a case for himself. Kobe Bryant had a fantastic performance against the Miami Heat earlier on Sunday giving the Lakers a statement win in the process. After the game I knew right there and then that the race for the division title is going to be a close one. Before the start of the Clippers game it was feeling like a must win. The Clippers have controlled the division for most of the season and if they were to lose to the Rockets and lose the division lead, it can really hurt a team psychologically.
Thankfully CP3 came to the rescue. Before he became a Clipper I have never noticed how clutch this man is during the fourth quarter. First of all the game should not have gone into overtime, CP3 hit a game winning three point shot as time expired in the fourth quarter, but the shot was released after the final buzzer. The shot was obviously waved off. In overtime Chris continued making big shots to give the Clippers a 105-103 victory. CP3 finished the night with 28 points and 10 assists, giving the Clips a much needed win.
The Clippers role players had a big part in the win versus Houston. Carron Butler scored 14 points, Randy Foye pitched in with 15 points, and off the bench Kenyon Martin had 10 points and Mo Williams scored 14 points. This is the kind of production the Clippers need from their role players if they want to continue beating quality teams on the road. Blake Griffin had a descent game by his standard with 14 points and 11 rebounds. It was great to see both Carron and Randy bounce back after awful performances. We need those two to be consistent if we want to be contenders.
Leading up to the game I was eager to see the matchup between CP3 and Kyle Lowry. I thought that matchup would determine the outcome of the game and it truly did. As mentioned earlier, CP3 had a hell of a game; Lowry on the other hand only had an ok game. He finished with 14 points and only 4 assists. Although Lowry is an amazing young point guard and a future All-Star, he is not on the level of CP3. Chris is worth every penny to say the least.
I am happy the Clips pull out a gutty win. Sadly they do not have much time to celebrate the win as they find themselves playing again tomorrow at Minnesota. I look for the Clippers to be ready as they have lost twice to the T-Wolves during the season. Hopefully revenge will be on their mind as they look to improve on their position in the Pacific division. LET’S GO CLIPS!!!!!!!!!