The Houston Rockets have not faired well against NBA teams from Los Angeles so far this season, with both of the losses coming from the Clippers, and Lakers in one week. On Saturday night the Rockets rotation and huge Dwight Howard effort was not enough as the Rockets lost again to the Clippers, 107-94.
Dwight Howard was nearly unstoppable in the first half scoring 16 points on 6-9 shooting, and 2 huge blocks on Blake Griffin.
Howard finished with 21 points and 8 boards. James Harden showed clear signs that his foot injury was nagging him, finishing with 12 points on 4-15 shooting.
The addition of Patrick Beverley made for a significant difference from the first much-up against the Clippers. Beverley’s signature annoyance on defense held Chris Paul to just 5 points in the first half, including a last second block to end the half. Beverley finished with 19 points, 5 boards, and 4 steals.
Then came the second half, and a quick three fouls on Beverley sent him to the bench. The Clippers promptly went on a 18-0 run and ended the third quarter up by two. After the run the Clippers never looked back.
Chandler Parsons played solid with 23 points, and 8 boards.