L.A. Clippers 106, Houston 96

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:30 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - #10 Ron Garretson, #63 Derek Richardson, #59 Gary Zielinski
Attendance - 19251

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Houston 28 21 23 24 96
L.A. Clippers 46 23 19 18 106

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 29-26 18-8 11-18 L1
L.A. Clippers 38-17 21-5 17-12 W3

Recap

Clippers 106, Rockets 96: Caron Butler scored 17 of his 19 points in the first quarter as host Los Angeles came out on fire and held off shorthanded Houston.

Chauncey Billups returned to the lineup with 19 points and Blake Griffin added 20 and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who were making their return at home after an eight-game road trip.

Chandler Parsons scored 17 points and Jeremy Lin had 14 as the Rockets wrapped up their three-game road trip with a 1-2 mark. All-Star guard James Harden (ankle) sat out after struggling through pregame activities.

Los Angeles came out strong in the first quarter, going 17-for-22 from the field and coming within four points of matching the NBA record for points in the first frame. Butler led the onslaught with three 3-pointers and Billups hit both of his attempts from beyond the arc as the Clippers closed the period with a 46-28 lead.

They stretched it to 69-49 at the half and led by as many as 22 points in the third quarter before Houston chipped away. The Rockets would draw as close as 93-82 early in the fourth quarter but Los Angeles brought the starters back and closed it out.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Houston F Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 13 points and Rockets G James Anderson added a season-high 14 off the bench. … Billups (back) sat out the finale of the road trip at Philadelphia on Monday but showed no rust by going 6-of-9 from the field in 20 minutes. … The Clippers have won three in a row and will face the Lakers as the road team on Thursday before heading into the All-Star break.

Top Game Performances

Houston   L.A. Clippers
Chandler Parsons 17 Scoring Blake Griffin 20
Jeremy Lin 7 Assists Chris Paul 11
Omer Asik 7 Rebounds Blake Griffin 11
James Anderson 5 Free Throws Made Blake Griffin 8
Patrick Beverley 2 Steals Blake Griffin 4
Omer Asik 1 Blocks Ryan Hollins 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Houston 96 43.9 5-24 19-22 18 41 2 10 21
L.A. Clippers 106 49.3 13-32 19-26 28 37 6 12 19

Upcoming Games

  • L.A. Clippers will play their next game on the road against L.A. Lakers. The Clippers have a W/L % of .816 after a win and .412 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game at home against Oklahoma City. The Rockets have a W/L % of .567 after a win and .480 after a loss.