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Redick, Clippers Beat Houston Rockets in OT Thriller – Player Grades

Jan 18, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) and guard J.J. Redick (4) celebrate during an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 18, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) and guard J.J. Redick (4) celebrate during an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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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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Rockets Player Grades

B. It might be true that <a href=. SF. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA

PF-C. Houston Rockets. CLINT CAPELA. D. With Blake Griffin out injured the Clippers featured a much lighter and faster team on court with Pierce, Wesley Johnson and Mbah a Moute. More than once I caught <a href=

Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD. A+. <a href=. C

SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN. C-. <a href=

I’m not sure why <a href=. PG. Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY. C

Best Reserve

A. Rockets bench can’t be faulted tonight, but <a href=. F. Houston Rockets. MARCUS THORNTON

Best Opponent:

A+. While watching another Clippers vs Rockets game, play-by-play commentator Bill Worrell said if the Clippers played 82 games in the regular season against the Rockets, then <a href=. SG. Los Angeles Clippers. JJ REDDICK

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