Defense? What’s that?
Yes, as glorious as the Los Angeles Clippers rout of the Houston Rockets was, there was absolutely no defense played. Just to give you a perspective, in case you didn’t see the game, the Clippers had 78 points at halftime. If you’re not a basketball fan, that’s pretty significant. Altogether, however, it was a great night for the Clippers, and they were able to get win number 3 on the season. The Clippers crushed Houston 137-118.
This game resembled the Los Angeles Clippers-Golden State Warriors game, in which the former was also victorious thanks to Chris Paul. Tonight, he was at it again. Paul had another monster game to continue with his great season. He finished with 23 points and a whopping 17 assists. JJ Redick scored 26 points, Blake Griffin notched 18, Jared Dudley shot for 15, and DeAndre Jordan scored 11 points. Jamal Crawford added 21 points off the bench.
The first quarter was pretty standard – other than the fact that the Clippers scored 42 points. That could be the score after a half, but again, the Clippers were really finding their offense and exploiting the Rockets’ defense. In the second, the Rockets struck back with 41 points of their own, but it was almost overshadowed by the Clippers’ 36.
They led the ballgame 78-66. Not too big a deficit, right?
The comeback for the Rockets was still in sight, but the Clippers wouldn’t let that happen. They outscored the Rockets by three points in the quarter and although offensive production for both teams had slowed down, the Clips still had a solid lead heading into the fourth quarter, which was much of the same. The Rockets were outscored 33-29 in the fourth.
Unfortunately for the Rockets, they dug themselves a hole too big to climb out of in the first quarter, and the Clippers were able to improve their record to 3-1 and even their record with the Rockets.