McHale not pleased with Rockets' body language
On Saturday night at Toyota Center, the Houston Rockets were trying to avenge their 19-point loss from Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
While they recovered quickly from their slow start and held the lead throughout much of the game, the Clippers hit them with an 18-0 run to close out the third quarter and start up the fourth, and that was enough to push past the Rockets, 107-94.
Rockets forward Chandler Parsons led all scorers with 23 points. That’s one shy of his season-high 24 points from Tuesday night in Portland.
The Clippers were led by forward Blake Griffin and guard J.J. Redick, each with 22 points. Houston native DeAndre Jordan added 12 points and 18 rebounds.
Not this time
In the first meeting between the Rockets and Clippers on Monday, the Clippers has 42 points in the first quarter and tied their franchise record with 78 points in the first half. On Saturday night, they had just 46 points in the entire first half.
J.J. is Redick-ulous
Redick led all scorers with 26 points in the first meeting between these teams and picked up right where he left off in this game. He had 16 first half points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. The rest of the Clippers struggled, making just 14-of-36 shots (39 percent). Redick finished with 22 points.
The final 5:02 of the third quarter was well played by the Rockets. They missed all seven shots from the field, a pair of free throws and turned it over four times. The Clippers closed the quarter on a 13-0 run and took a two-point lead to the fourth quarter. They run would reach 18-0, with the Clippers scoring the first five points of the fourth quarter.
The game was over when…
With the Clippers up 99-90, James Harden, playing on two bad feet missed a shot and the Clippers ran 42 seconds off the clock with a miss, an offensive rebound and then a dagger 3-pointer from Darren Collison. That pushed the lead to 102-90 with 1:39 remaining in the game.
The Rockets (4-3) will wrap up their three-game home stand on Monday night when they host the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors (3-4) also played Saturday night, handily beating the Jazz 115-91 in Toronto. The Rockets have split their season series with the Raptors for the last seven seasons.