The Los Angeles Clippers blew past the Houston Rockets with a 122-106 win on Wednesday night, setting a season-high for points in a half in the process with 72 during the first two quarters.
As the Los Angeles Clippers cruised towards a 122-106 win against the Houston Rockets, their offense was absolutely unstoppable. In the first half in particular, there was nothing the Rockets’ lacklustre defense could do to stop shooters like J.J. Redick punishing them from outside or DeAndre Jordan soaring to the rim for easy dunks.
The Clippers were firing on all cylinders from every spot on the floor. When Chris Paul and Redick get hot they can spread the floor and open up opportunities inside, while the bench recovering from a poor showing against the Spurs to score 47 points on 17-of-29 elevated the team even further.
As the Rockets failed to give the Clippers any trouble over the first 24 minutes, L.A. enjoyed scoring a season-high for points in a half with 72.
What makes this even better? The Clippers still didn’t have Blake Griffin at their disposal, meaning that CP3 and Co. didn’t even need the team’s top scorer (averaging 23.2 points before his injury this season) to have their biggest half of 2015-16 so far.
That being said, as impressive as 72 points in any half is, the defense that surrendered so many baskets was far from being the toughest. The Rockets rank a mere 23rd in the NBA for defensive efficiency, and the fashion in which they fail on defense makes matters even worse. With poor effort and terrible example from their superstar James Harden, they fail to perform defensively. Combine that with their weak chemistry, and them hanging onto 7th place in the Western Conference at 34-34 makes perfect sense.
So, as for the players behind the Clippers’ 72-point first half and 122-point night, here are the guys who led the way:
Redick — 25 points (7-of-15 shooting, 5-of-9 from three)
Jordan — 23 points (8-of-8 shooting)
Paul — 15 points (5-of-13 shooting) and 16 assists
Wesley Johnson — 12 points (5-of-5 shooting, 2-of-2 from three)
Luc Mbah a Moute — 12 points (6-of-7 shooting)
Essentially, everyone on the Clippers roster delivered. It was exactly what they needed after suffering back to back blowout losses from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Spurs, and the bench performing in the efficient way they did sent the team back on the right track.
Next, the Clippers are away against the Memphis Grizzlies for the third game of their current road trip.