Clippers vs Rockets Recap: Chris Paul Halts Dwight Howard and Co.

 Clippers vs Rockets Recap: Chris Paul Halts Dwight Howard and Co.Clippers fans’ favorite moment in a game is hearing announcer Ralph Lawler saying his trademark “Bingo!” for every three-pointer made by the team, and when the first team reaches the century mark, he will read Lawler’s Law, “first team to 100 wins.”

Tonight the Los Angeles Clippers hit 15 three pointers in the game, and Lawler yelled out “Lawler’s Law” in the third quarter for the second time this season.

The Clippers won their third consecutive game, a 137-118 victory over the Houston Rockets, and spoiled a homecoming of sorts for former Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard.

Howard’s first visit to Staples Center this season resembled his final game with the Lakers last season against the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs. A frustrated Howard sat out most of the first half after picking up three fouls in the first quarter.

And the Clippers’ offense took advantage, tying a franchise-high with 78 points in that first half. The story of night belonged to Chris Paul, who abused Rockets’ point guards, scoring 23 points and racking up 17 assists.

But Paul wasn’t the only one to impress on Monday night, J.J. Redick scored 15 of his 26 points in a 42-point first quarter. Newcomer Jared Dudley also had his best game as a Clipper with 15 points.

Seven Clippers scored in double figures.

While the offense was the story, even though Clippers coach has been positive about the team defense, it still allowed 118 points in the game. Its three point defense is still atrocious, but one positive is that when the team got a chance to play half court defense, it stood tall.

Most of the Rockets’ points came on fast break opportunities. Rockets’ guard James Harden had a tough night going 6-16 from the field and scoring only 14 points. Howard also disappointed in his return going 5-10 shooting for 13 points.

The Clippers put it away late, after the Rockets closed it 10 points, Paul found Blake Griffin for a lob from half court, and Griffin slammed two of his 16 points.

The Clippers now hit the road with some momentum, before traveling to Orlando on Wednesday, and a big showdown in Miami on Thursday, before finishing in Houston on Saturday with these same Rockets.

Jamal Crawford scored 21 points and passed former Laker Eddie Jones on the all-time three-point list.

Leaders
RocketsClippers
PointsJames Harden 15J.J. Redick 26
ReboundsDwight Howard and Omri Casspi 9DeAndre Jordan 9
AssistsJeremy Lin 8Chris Paul 17
StealsTwo with 2Three with 3

Clippers good stuff:

  • Second unit is starting to gel better
  • Seven players scored in double digits
  • Dudley, Redick and B.J. Mullens all newcomers made themselves at home and scored in double-figures
  • Redick’s defense on Harden, and Jordan’s defense on Howard
  • Crawford starting to look comfortable under Rivers.

Clippers Bad stuff:

  • Griffin’s inadequacies on defense show up in his foul trouble, almost fouled out for a second straight game
  • Griffin’s lousy defense leads to Deandre Jordan being in foul trouble
  • Too many turnovers
  • Backup guard Darren Collison missed and took to many shots. He should be more of a pass first guy, rather than looking for his shot.
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