As we move on in the 2nd half of the NBA 2014-15 Regular Season, this past Sunday the Houston Rockets 44-24 (2nd SW Division) were playing the Los Angeles Clippers 42-25 (2nd Pacific Division) with the game being played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and the game tipped-off at 3:30 PM ET with 19,211 fans on hand at the game lasted for 2 hours and 41 minutes.
In this game we experienced another flip-flop scoring event as in the 1st quarter of the game the Clippers of Los Angeles outscored the Rockets of Houston 30-22 thus the Rockets started the 2nd quarter of the game with a 8 point deficit. In the 2nd quarter of this game the Rockets outscored the Clippers 36-20 thus eliminated their deficit and now lead by 8 points as the game went to half time Houston 58 Clippers 50. Therefore, the Rockets started the 2nd half trailing the Rockets on the scoreboard, and in this third quarter the Rockets outscored the Clippers 26-24 and the 3rd quarter ended at Houston 84 and Los Angeles 74. The 4th quarter saw the Clippers come alive and outscore the Rockets 24-16 but that again was too little too late as the Houston Rockets won the game with their 100 points to the Clippers 98 points in what turned out to be a close scoring game.
The leading 5 performances in this game for the Clippers of Los Angeles came from guard-Paul-23 points 3 rebounds 5 assists 2 steals, forward-Barnes-19 points 2 rebounds 2 assists 2 steals 1 block, guard-Redick-15 points 4 rebounds 5 assists 1 steal, forward-Griffin-11 points 11 rebounds 8 assists 2 steals 1 block and guard-Hamilton-8 points and 2 rebounds.
The top 5 performers for the Rockets of Houston in this game were guard-Harden-34 points 7 rebounds 7 assists, forward-Ariza-19 points 9 rebounds 3 assists 1 steal, forward-Jones-16 points 12 rebounds, guard-Beverley-11 points 9 rebounds 3 assists 1 steal and forward-Motiejunas-9 points 6 rebound 3 assists and 1 steal.
Comparing the team stats for the same above categories; Rockets with 43 rebounds 17 assists 7 steals 3 blocks 12 turnovers Clippers with 50 rebounds 24 assists 8 steals 8 blocks 20 turnovers
Looking at the team game statistics for this game, the Rockets scored the winning 100 points as they attempted 86 field goals making 32 for 37% completion, while on 3-pointers they made 7 of 30 for 23% completion and on their foul shots they made 29 of 36 for an 80% completion rate.
On the other side the Clippers scored a total of 98 points in the game as they attempted 82 field goals and made 36 for 43% completion, then on 3-pointers they made 12 of 26 for 46% completion and on their foul shots they made 14 of 24 for a 58% completion rate.
With this win the Rockets avoided having a 3 game losing streak in this their four games and 9 days of road games and thus finished this particular road trio with 2 wins and 2 losses.
On the other side the clippers star Griffin was back in the lineup after being out 5 weeks for a staph infection problem, and he was not particularly pleased with his performance in his return. He did have a triple-double in this game but was not pleased with his play in the last quarter of the game, primarily because of his turnovers.
For the Clippers or Rockets fans who Bet on NBA basketball at an Offshore sportsbook the Rockets on Tuesday play the Orlando Magic at home, and the Clippers also play on Tuesday at home against the Charlotte Hornets.