After their loss to the Lakers 116-122, which ended 14 consecutive wins, the Rockets fell a second time against the other Los Angeles team, the Clippers. Deprived of Luc Mbah a Moute, Chris Paul and Clint Capela, all 3 injured, the Rockets lost the game in the last quarter, despite a new big performance by James Harden (51 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists).
The Rockets start strong as usual, lead 21-9 and take the first quarter 33-23. Houston confirms in the second 32-29 and leads at halftime 65-52.
The second period switches to the advantage of visitors, who equal 74-74 on a 22-9. Williams chained 3 times 3 consecutive points in the end of the 3rd quarter, won by the Clippers 35-20 and leading 85-87 at the start of the last. Los Angeles keeps its lead throughout the period and finishes the work on an 11-5. The Rockets are 10 points behind 118-128.
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