The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the NBA’s deepest teams, but even their loaded squad can’t lose a player of Chris Paul’s caliber and be completely unaffected by it. At least that was the general mindset of all involved heading into Tuesday night’s battle between the Clippers and Houston Rockets. As it turns out, though, the best basketball team in Los Angeles is great with or without their superstar point guard.
Jamal Crawford, the runaway favorite for this year’s Sixth Man of the Year Award, led all scorers with 30 points as the Clippers beat down Houston (on the road, no less) 117-109. Eric Bledsoe and Blake Griffin pitched in 19 points apiece. Matt Barnes, who has quietly put together a great year, had 18 points off the bench. Willie Green finished with 15 points on a very efficient five-of-six shooting.
James Harden led the way for the losing side with 23 points on eight-of-20 shooting (two-of-nine from behind the arc). Jeremy Lin had himself a very solid ballgame, tallying 12 points and 10 assists (with only a single turnover) in defeat. All in all, five Rockets players finished in double figures.
Check out the highlights from this one in the video below.