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Clippers Survive Houston Rockets Late Surge – Player Grades

Mar 16, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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After their blowout win against Memphis, the Houston Rockets hosted the Los Angeles Clippers, but lost in a failed comeback effort.

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With a chance to improve their positive record the Houston Rockets challenged their Western Conference Semifinal nemesis, the Los Angeles Clippers. And as annoying as it recently has become for Rockets fans, once more J.J. Redick started the game knocking down absolutely every ball he threw up in the sky.

Add to that Chris Paul having an off the charts night sharing the ball masterfully and grabbing a bunch of assists early and you had the Rockets in serious trouble.

With the Rockets lacking firepower in the offensive department the Clippers opened up such a big lead that Houston couldn’t overcome it despite their valiant run in the final quarter.

Rockets Player Grades

B+. Trevor Ariza had a huge fourth quarter and was instrumental in the Rockets run. Despite the team falling short he at least was one of the few players that actually tried anything. 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists.. SF. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA

F. Once again <a href=. PF-C. Houston Rockets. DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS

<a href=. C. Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD. F

A. <a href=. SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN

C-. It seemed as <a href=. PG. Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY

Best Reserve

B+. <a href=. PF. Houston Rockets. MICHAEL BEASLEY

Best Opponent:

A. One could definitely make an argument for Redick or Jordan as the best opponent. I’m going with Paul as I feel no one else in the Clippers can impact a game in so many ways as he does. He can shoot, open up the court with passes, create fast breaks with steals. Such a great maestro. You may argue about his antics but never with his results. 15 points, 16 assists and 2 steals.. PG. Los Angeles Clippers. CHRIS PAUL

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