The Clippers are taking form of veteran team and experience and not only by the victory tonight against Houston Rockets (107-118) one of the ogres of their Conference, the West, but by the way in which managed it.
Because the bad news started early, in the minute 5:49 of the first quarter, Blake Griffin struggled for position with Donatas Motiejunas and fell to the ground touching the back. The power forward had to withdraw from the meeting with a Contracture in the back. Not yet known the time of low for a player who has played in all League matches as well as fellow in painting DeAndre Jordan.
But to not make it easier, and with a deficit of 13 points, Glen Davis was sent to the wardrobe by coach, Doc Rivers, clear head of the maturity of this team, as a disciplinary after complaining about his change. Did not play again, but if the coach apologized for his behavior.
And it is in these situations when the big players appear. Stars like Chris Paul. CP3 embarked on the conquest of Texas with a magnificent double-double (30 points and 12 assists) which led to the victory to his team and to ensure third consecutive, record for the franchise, their presence in the upcoming playoffs (are now third, 52-22). But Paul not only enlarged his figure, as Jamal Crawford (22 points) and DeAndre Jordan (20 points and 12 rebounds) also highlighted.
Especially the pivot, in the absence in the Howard Rockets by problems in his left ankle, he dominated both zones and their contribution was essential to deal with any type of local reaction, always commanded by a few great James Harden (32 points) and Chandler Parsons (28 points), which kept the game alive until the last breath.
With this defeat, the Houston is in fourth place in the West (49-23), two games behind the Clippers and three over the Portland Trail Blazers, fifth.