Los Angeles Clippers hammered as fans remain unhappy

first_imgJames Harden led all scorers with 26 points, while Ryan Anderson buried six 3s en route to 23 points. Patrick Beverley, even, got his shots in, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.“I thought Patrick Beverley was by far the best player on either team,” Doc Rivers said.Another little man hurting L.A. on the glass.In fact, the Rockets outrebounded the Clippers 62-36. The Clippers most fearsome presence on the glass, DeAndre Jordan, only grabbed nine boards, and no other Clipper recorded more than five.Paul was studying the box score while he addressed the media and his eyes zeroed in on rebounds, the stat of the night – which is saying something on a night the Rockets made 20 3s and attempted 52 of them. LOS ANGELES >> They politely cheered through the barrage of 3-pointers that sunk the Clippers chances and quietly cringed as Chris Paul and company did little to slow the Rockets onslaught.When 6-foot-1 Lou Williams sliced through a forest of Clippers to snag an offensive rebound, however, and score a putback layup at the end of the third quarter, the sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center had enough.They began to boo. Not the cacophonous boos to which the franchise was once accustomed, but boos nonetheless.There was much to doubt when the Clippers (36-24) playing at full strength – at least in terms of the health of their players – got walloped 122-103 by the Houston Rockets (43-19) on Wednesday. “Is that right?” Paul said. “62-36? That’s crazy.For the Clippers, it was the third loss in four games since the All-Star break. Those have been against the top three teams in the Western Conference, an elite group from which the Clippers continue to slide.“You go through ebbs and flows,” Rivers said. “Early in the year we were beating all the good teams.”Houston shot 52 3-pointers, and even though they missed their final 10 attempts from deep, made 20 of them, continuing their assault on the league with record-setting numbers of perimeter jumpers.This was not the traditional case of the Clippers getting smacked early and never recovering. They actually led 37-34 after the first quarter and outscored the Rockets by 11 in the final period.However, the Clippers shot just 31.8 percent in the second quarter, allowing Houston to surge ahead by 12 at halftime.The Clippers’ problems worsened mid-way through the third quarter. Already trailing by 17 with 7:49 n the period, left Blake Griffin went hard to the basket, drew contact from Clint Capela and flipped the ball into for a hoop. However, the call was reversed, the basket wiped and Griffin was assessed a flagrant foul.Video reviews showed he caught Capela in the throat with his elbow.The Rockets went on a quick little 11-2 run, and by the time Williams grabbed the offensive board – not the sort of production the Rockets expected when they acquired the former Sixth Man of the Year last week from the Lakers – the deficit had widened to 30.In his third game back from injury, Paul finished with 16 points and 11 assists, while Griffin added 17 points.“Without making excuses we’re still getting right,” Rivers said, “getting our two guys (Paul and Griffin) back … But that doesn’t excuse how we played tonight. They out-toughed us tonight. They were the more driven team tonight.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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