Wrapping up Houston Rockets back-to-back mini road trip in Los Angeles, J.B. Bickerstaff’s squad faced the much more challenging LAs Clippers on Martin Luther King Jr. day.
As per usual the game was filled with the type of tension that surrounds both teams since their Western Conference Semifinals encounter. The Rockets had Patrick Beverley return (though he didn’t last the entire game) whereas the Clippers were reinforced by DeAndre Jordan back from a bout of pneumonia, but Blake Griffin was out once again.
The game started with the Clippers routing the Rockets from the three-point line. J.J. Redick got off to a sizzling start knocking down all four of his first quarter 3 point shots.
Eventually the Rockets shaved a 14 point deficit and mounted a dangerous comeback in a thrilling fourth quarter. The game ended up going to overtime after two huge 3-point shots by Marcus Thornton and that was when Chris Paul and Redick once again took over the match and grabbed the hard fought home win.
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