Sugene Lee

Clippers blow out the Rockets 117-89

In NBA: LA Clippers on January 5, 2012 at 7:09 am

In the battle between Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry (17 points and 5 assists), a very underrated guard, Paul won. With Paul starting the game scoring points along with Blake’s 1st quarter start, the Clippers were able to open a big margin in the first quarter, scoring 41 points while giving the Rockets only 26. CP3 finished with 20 points on 9 of 14 field goals attempts, 2 of 3 behind the arc, 10 assists, and 3 steals. Blake Griffin also had a great shooting night, finishing with 22 points on 10-15 field goal attempts.

Chauncey Billups came back and gave 13 points of his own, along with Caron Butler’s 11 points. Randy Foye came off the bench in the 4th quarter and went on a little run of his own, scoring 12 in the last quarter.

While the Clips’ defense wasn’t too great in the first quarter, their defense is what gave them the victory in the last 3 quarters. Both teams shooting above 50% into the 2nd quarter, the Clips were able to hold them to 46.1% while they shot 57.3% to end the game.

However, Clippers were still not able to out-rebound their opponent, both teams having 33 rebounds, despite the Rockets’ undersized team. The length of DeAndre Jordan and Blake should take over the boards, but they continue to get beat in every game.

A big improvement from last year is their average number of turnovers, only having 7 tonight and forcing 19 on Houston. This leads to less opportunities for their opponents to score and gain back momentum, but their defense must continue to intensify each game. Jordan, the leader of blocked shots, had none tonight, but was still able to change the direction of his opponents’ shots. If they continue to play defense, their offense will come naturally, like tonight.

Tonight, the Clippers were Lob Angeles, throwing more oops than any other game this season back and forth with DJ and Blake. With another sell-out crowd, the stadium was loud and proud.

After opening the margin by more than 20 points, the starting line-up for the Clips were able to rest for most of the 4th quarter and give the reserves a chance to play. Rookie, Travis Leslie, gets an alley oop assist from Trey Thompkins to score his first NBA basket. Despite all the fame and attention the starters get, they still continue to cheer on their team and show excitement off the bench.

Next game: vs. Bucks on Saturday 1/7

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