Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers trailed by 11 points at 35-24 after one quarter Wednesday night in Game 2 against the host Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. But the Clippers roared back to outscore the Rockets by 20 points (41-21) in the second quarter to take a 65-56 lead into the halftime break.
This, without Chris Paul, who remains out with a left hamstring strain.
Blake Griffin was unbelievably good. He scored 26 points on 11 of 14 shooting. He also grabbed five rebounds and doled out three assists.
DeAndre Jordan contributed 10 points even though he didn’t play much of the first quarter after getting two quick fouls. Lester Hudson came through with two big baskets and five points.
The Rockets, who got 16 points from Dwight Howard and 12 from James Harden in the half, continued their turnovers trend with 10. Harden, who had nine in Monday’s Game 1 loss to the Clippers, had five of those.