Chris Paul finished with 30 points and handed out 12 assists to surpass the 600-assist mark for the season (10.9 assists per game), and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets, 118-107. The Clippers had a strong shooting performance, finishing 42-89 (47.2%) from the field and 22-36 (61.1%) at the free throw line. This is the eighth win for Los Angeles (52-22) in its last 10 games.
Paul went 10-16 from the field (5-9 on 3-pointers) and 5-6 from the free throw line, in what was an efficient performance. He added 12 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals also Other top contributors for Los Angeles included DeAndre Jordan with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Matt Barnes with 15 points and 10 rebounds. James Harden had another quality performance for Houston despite the loss, putting up 32 points on 9-22 shooting (3-11 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 11-13 from the free throw line. He also registered 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Chandler Parsons added 28 points and 9 rebounds and Omer Asik finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
In a matchup of strength versus strength, the Rockets offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Clippers defense that ranks fifth-best in the NBA at forcing misses (48.4% opponents' eFG%). Despite finishing with an eFG% of 44.9% in this game, they rank third in the NBA in that metric at 53.4% this season. After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.89, the Clippers are 13-3 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Rockets are 3-4 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.
This defeat means an end to a five-game winning streak for Houston, pushing their record to 49-23 for the year.
Coming up, the Clippers battle the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 36-35 on the season. The Rockets meet the Brooklyn Nets, currently sitting at 38-33 this year. The Clippers came away with a win in three straight games against Minnesota. The Rockets have a 1-0 record against Brooklyn this season.