Highlights: Rockets lose to Clippers
The Clippers got off to a scorching start and never truly lost control after that, beating the Rockets 106-96.
The Rockets certainly felt the impact of James Harden not being in the game, but offense was not the problem. Houston simply could not stop the Clips during the first quarter.
Chandler Parsons finished with ** points. Jeremy Lin had 17 points and four assists. But the Rockets fell short on the scoreboard.
Simply put, the first quarter. The Clippers nailed 17-22 shots in the opening 12 minutes to score a whopping 46 points and led 46-28. The Rockets made a few runs, but never seriously threatened.
FROM THE FIELD
The Rockets shot 36-of-82 for 43.9 percent. From three-point land, they struggled, going 5-for-24.
AT THE LINE
On the bright side, the Rockets did fairly well at the free throw line. They shot 19-of-22 (86.4 percent). Omer Asik was a perfect 2-2 from the stripe.
The Clippers certainly lived up to their “Lob City” nickname. For the Rockets, Donatas Motiejunas had a nice alley-oop dunk. Marcus Morris had a follow dunk. Parsons had a couple of nice dunks. Patrick Patterson also dunked with authority. Outside of the dunks, Lin had some nice drives to the hoop where his acceleration was showcased.
The All-Star break. The Rockets have a 29-26 record, much better than what most probably envisioned at the beginning of the season given the team’s inexperience, and are solidly in the eight spot in the Western Conference. Battle royale for the playoffs shall commence next week.