While the Houston Rockets came out of Staples Centers on the short end of a 137-118 blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night, there were still some bright spots on the offensive side of the ball.
James Harden struggled all game, as he shot 6 for 16 from the field, including 0-7 from behind the 3-point line, and finished with just 15 points. He was able to get to the hole on this play, and pulled off his classic Euro-step move:
Chandler Parsons had a solid 14 point performance, getting to the basket at will at times. Here’s him driving the lane for an easy layup, and running on fast-break to finish with an easy 2.
Even though Chris Paul had his way on the offensive end, to the tune of 23 points and 17 assists, Jeremy Lin recorded a solid 14 points and 8 assists performance. Here’s Lin scoring an easy 2 driving to the hole, and dishing a sweet pass to Parsons for the slam.
Dwight Howard was in a funk all game, as he picked up 3 fouls in the first 10 minutes of play. Howard came a rebound shy of a double-double for the second straight game, finishing with 13 points and 9 rebounds. He shows his improved post-up game here:
Omri Casspi provided played well off the bench, and fit in perfectly with the fast-paced tempo of the game. Casspi scored 19 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and hit 3 of 6 shots from behind the three-point line, with all 3 makes coming in the first half.
Greg Smith also provided a spark off the bench in the first half with Howard having to sit due to foul trouble. He made a push for more playing time as he recorded 12 points and 7 rebounds, while not missing a shot from the field:
The game ended with some drama at the end. With the score seemingly out of reach as the Clippers held a commanding lead late, Paul was called for a reaching foul as Francisco Garcia dribbled the ball up the court. But Garcia was annoyed with the continuous hacking from Paul, and gave him slight shove, that resulted in a technical foul. The death stare from Garcia said it all: