Kelly Olynyk, Jae’Sean Tate lead Rockets past Clippers in home finale

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Kelly Olynyk (20 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds) and Jae’Sean Tate (20 points, 3-of-5 on 3-pointers) led the Houston Rockets to a 122-115 win (box score) over the Los Angeles Clippers in Friday’s home finale at Toyota Center. Luke Kennard led the visitors with 23 points.

It was a balanced effort by the Rockets, who had seven players with 13 or more points. Besides Olynyk and Tate, other standouts included Khyri Thomas (17 points, 5 assists); Anthony Lamb (17 points, 3-of-5 3-pointers); Armoni Brooks (15 points, 3-of-7 3-pointers); KJ Martin (13 points, 9 rebounds); and DJ Augustin (13 points, 5 assists).

With the playoffs looming, the Clippers (47-24) didn’t play several of their regulars, including Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Pat Beverley. Nonetheless, for a squad like the Rockets (17-54) with the NBA’s worst record, it was a welcome opportunity to get a feel-good win — especially in the final career game for legendary broadcaster Bill Worrell.

Houston will finish out its 2020-21 season on Sunday at Atlanta, with tipoff scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Central. For now, here’s a selection of highlights, analysis, and postgame interviews from Friday night.

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