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Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers Pick & Prediction APR 9TH 2021

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Houston vs. Los Angeles Recap APR 9TH 2021

James Harden scored 31 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists, and Chris Paul added 29 points and seven assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 135-103 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Houston remains a half-game ahead of Portland, which also won Wednesday, for third place in the Western Conference. With the loss, Los Angeles fell 1 1/2 games behind Utah, a winner earlier in the evening, in the race for the fifth seed in the West.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 20 points to pace the Clippers, who lost for just the third time in 16 games. Danilo Gallinari added 16, and Lou Williams scored 14 off the bench.

Coming into Wednesday's game, the Clippers had been the only team in the West not to have lost to the Rockets this season, having defeated Houston twice in October. The Rockets made sure that streak ended by grabbing the lead early and never giving it up.

The Clippers led once, 2-0, on Landry Shamet's layup 43 seconds into the game.

Clint Capela's alley-oop dunk on an assist from Harden tied the game. Harden then made a pair of free throws and Paul sank a 26-foot 3-pointer, and the Rockets were off and running.

Gallinari's trey got the Clippers to within 13-11, but the Rockets leaned on Harden and Paul to take a 39-26 lead after one. Harden led the way with 13 points and three assists, and Paul added nine points and four assists.

Houston expanded the edge to 21 on a Harden 3-pointer midway through the second quarter, but the Clippers cut the deficit to 68-53 at halftime.

The Rockets made 10 of 19 from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Clippers in the first half, 25-16.

Houston never was threatened in the second half, although Los Angeles got as close as 16 on JaMychal Green's 3-pointer that made the score 82-66. Harden scored the next eight points to quash any hope the Clippers had of staging a comeback.

--Field Level Media


Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and dished out eight assists Friday as the Los Angeles Clippers earned their fourth victory in a row, a 126-109 decision over the visiting Houston Rockets.

Reggie Jackson finished with 26 points, Nicolas Batum added 17 and Terance Mann totaled 16 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles. Clippers forward Paul George didn't play as the team gave him a rest following consecutive 30-plus-point outings, and Rajon Rondo (adductor soreness) also sat out.

Houston had six players in double figures, led by Christian Wood with 23 points. Jae'Sean Tate finished with 18 points, Sterling Brown added 15, Kevin Porter Jr. totaled 14 points and 13 assists, Kenyon Martin Jr. added 14 points and Kelly Olynyk contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Rockets, who lost for the sixth time in seven games, rested John Wall ahead of a Saturday game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. Wall has a lingering left Achilles injury.

The Clippers trailed by 10 points after the first quarter as the Rockets came out with energy. However, Los Angeles outscored Houston 41-10 in the second quarter to take a 21-point lead into halftime, and the Clippers never fell behind again.

The 10 points were the fewest the Clippers have given up in a quarter this season and the fewest Houston has scored in a second quarter this year.

The Rockets cut Los Angeles' advantage to five points on D.J. Augustin's 3-pointer with 7:07 left in the game. The Clippers responded by scoring the next eight points to push their lead back to double digits, and they held off the Rockets the rest of the way.

The Clippers had to adjust the starting lineup with the team announcing that Patrick Beverley sustained a fractured left hand that required surgery. Beverley, who will be out at least three weeks, was hurt chasing down a rebound in the fourth quarter of L.A.'s win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.

With Beverley unavailable, Jackson returned to the starting lineup at point guard, and he finished 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

--Field Level Media

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Last 10

W 10% L 90%
1 9
  • Indiana L 132 - 124
  • @Phoenix L 120 - 126
  • @Golden State L 109 - 125
  • @L.A. Clippers L 109 - 126
  • Dallas W 93 - 102
  • Phoenix L 133 - 130
  • New Orleans L 122 - 115
  • @Boston L 102 - 118
  • @Brooklyn L 108 - 120
  • Memphis L 120 - 110
W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • @Detroit W 100 - 98
  • @Indiana W 126 - 115
  • Detroit W 124 - 131
  • Houston W 109 - 126
  • Phoenix W 103 - 113
  • Portland W 116 - 133
  • L.A. Lakers W 86 - 104
  • Denver L 101 - 94
  • Orlando L 103 - 96
  • Milwaukee W 105 - 129

Next Games

  • Denver(03-28-19) W 85 - 112
  • @Orlando(01-13-19) L 109 - 116
  • @Miami(12-20-18) L 99 - 101
  • Utah(04-24-19) W 93 - 100
  • @Philadelphia(11-01-18) L 113 - 122
  • Minnesota(12-29-20) W 101 - 124
  • @Portland(08-08-20) W 122 - 117
  • Memphis(03-31-19) W 96 - 113

Last Meetings

  • Rockets @ Clippers 109-126
  • Rockets @ Clippers 135-103
  • Clippers @ Rockets 133-113
  • Rockets @ Clippers 112-115
  • Clippers @ Rockets 96-101
  • Rockets @ Clippers 105-92
  • Rockets @ Clippers 102-113
  • Clippers @ Rockets 128-118
  • Rockets @ Clippers 96-125
  • Rockets @ Clippers 122-103

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers3817.691 21-517-12113.9108.5L16-0-4
Brooklyn Nets3718.673 22-715-11118.8114.2L17-0-3
Boston Celtics2926.527 17-1012-16112.4110.4L17-0-3
New York Knicks2927.518 17-1012-17105.6104.3L25-0-5
Toronto Raptors2234.393 12-1510-19112.0111.6L24-0-6
Milwaukee Bucks3420.630 18-816-12119.2112.7L35-0-5
Indiana Pacers2628.481 9-1617-12113.9114.1L15-0-5
Chicago Bulls2232.407 10-1712-15112.2113.6L43-0-7
Cleveland Cavaliers2034.370 11-159-19103.9111.0L23-0-7
Detroit Pistons1639.291 9-167-23107.7111.4L34-0-6

Western Conference

Utah Jazz4114.745 25-316-11117.0107.5L17-0-3
Denver Nuggets3520.636 19-1016-10115.1110.0L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3123.574 16-1215-11114.7114.9L25-0-5
Oklahoma City Thunder2035.364 9-2011-15105.3114.3L81-0-9
Minnesota Timberwolves1442.250 9-195-23110.1118.1L23-0-7
Phoenix Suns3915.722 22-817-7114.8107.7L19-0-1
Los Angeles Clippers3918.684 22-817-10115.0108.2L28-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3421.618 16-1118-10109.8105.6L16-0-4
Golden State Warriors2728.491 17-1010-18112.9113.7L15-0-5
Sacramento Kings2233.400 12-1610-17114.2118.7L82-0-8

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks3025.545 14-1016-15113.3111.2L17-0-3
Miami Heat2827.509 15-1313-14106.2107.5L26-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2727.500 13-1214-15110.2111.3L34-0-6
Washington Wizards2133.389 10-1611-17113.8118.6L15-0-5
Orlando Magic1837.327 10-198-18104.3112.0L63-0-7

Western Conference

Dallas Mavericks3024.556 13-1217-12111.4109.7L27-0-3
Memphis Grizzlies2726.509 13-1614-10112.9111.6L16-0-4
San Antonio Spurs2627.491 12-1714-10110.7112.0L13-0-7
New Orleans Pelicans2530.455 16-149-16114.5114.9L15-0-5
Houston Rockets1441.255 7-207-21108.3114.8L41-0-9

Last Injuries

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Kawhi Leonard

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Leonard has missed the last two games due to right foot soreness, and it is unclear if he will take the court against the 76ers on Friday.

  • Patrick Beverley

    Late May | out

    Beverley is sidelined with a fractured left hand, and he is projected to miss four to six weeks.

  • Marcus Morris Sr.

    Out Wed | out

    Morris Sr. will not be in the lineup versus the Pistons on Wednesday, as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Paul George

    Out Wed | out

    George will not be in the lineup Wednesday versus the Pistons, as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Kawhi Leonard

    Out Sun | out

    Leonard will not take the court against the Pistons on Sunday as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Mfiondu Kabengele

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kabengele is dealing with a sprained right ankle, leaving his status against the Pelicans on Sunday clouded.

  • Reggie Jackson

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Jackson suffered an eye injury during the previous contest, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for Friday's game versus the Rockets.

  • Paul George

    Out Fri | out

    George will not be in the lineup for Friday's contest against the Rockets, as he will be given a day of rest.

Houston Rockets

  • Sterling Brown

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Brown has missed the past two games with left knee soreness, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Friday against the Rockets.

  • Danuel House Jr.

    Late April | out

    House Jr. is sidelined with a right ankle sprain, and he is not expected to return to the court until the end of April.

  • P.J. Tucker

    Prob Wed | probable

    Tucker is sidelined with a left calf strain, but it is projected that he will suit up versus the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

  • John Wall

    Out Fri | out

    Wall will not take the court on Friday versus the Clippers, as he will be given a day of rest.

  • John Wall

    Prob Wed | probable

    Wall has been held out of the last four contests dealing with a left knee effusion, but he is likely to be active versus the Mavericks on Wednesday.