Eric Gordon Returns, Leads Clippers Past Rockets 106-103

The Clippers are 16-15 at home this season.

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Eric Gordon Returns To Score 24 Points, Sparks Clippers To Win Over The Rockets

Eric Gordon missed the last 18 games for the Clippers with a fracture in his wrist. But if you were just watching the Clippers play the Houston Rockets last night, you would have no idea that it was his first game back.

Gordon showed no signs of rust, converting on eight of his 16 shot attempts for a game-high 24 points, leading the Clippers to a 106-103 win. According to Pedro Moura of ESPN, Gordon wanted to regain his rhythm by taking the ball to the hoop, early and often.

"It just felt natural for me to get to the basket," Gordon said, adding that the 18-game break was the longest he's ever sat out in his basketball career. "But it's all about how the defense reads you: If it's a good shot, then take it; if it's not, then pass it up and drive it to the basket.

"I just tried to come out and play well and do the things I know how to do."

On the season, Gordon is averaging just a shade over that 24 points per game. With that scoring punch back in the lineup, and the continued emergence of Blake Griffin inside, the Clippers have a legitimate inside-outside combo for the rest of the season.

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William's Late Free Throws Lifts Clippers Past Rockets 106-103

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Mo Williams finished with 17 points, including three free throws in the final 15 seconds, as the Clippers edged the Rockets, 106-103, at Staples Center.

Williams gave Los Angeles a 104-100 advantage with the second of two from the line with 14.4 seconds left on the clock. After Chase Budinger connected on a long three-pointer inside the final 10 seconds, Williams iced a pair from the line for a 106-103 lead.

Budinger attempted a three at the buzzer, but the shot was far off target to end the game.

Eric Gordon led the Clippers with 24 points in his first game since missing significant time with a right wrist injury. Gordon last played on January 22.

Blake Griffin registered his 52nd double-double of the season with 20 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Kaman added 21 points and nine rebounds in a reserve role for LA, which snapped a five-game skid.

Kyle Lowry paced Houston with 24 points and 11 assists. Courtney Lee added 18 points in a reserve role while Kevin Martin and Luis Scola both finished with 12 points in the loss.

The Rockets had a five-game winning streak snapped.

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Eric Gordon Back As Clippers Host Rockets At Staples Center

(Sports Network) - There's still plenty of time for the Houston Rockets to make up significant ground in the Western Conference standings, as they try to close out a perfect three-game road trip tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. The Rockets have won five in a row overall and have beaten New Orleans and Portland so far on the road swing. They prevailed for the sixth consecutive time as the visitor with Tuesday's 103-87 victory over the Trail Blazers behind Kyle Lowry's 21 points and 11 assists. Lowry is making a strong case for Comeback Player of the Year, averaging 12.1 points and 6.4 assists.

Luis Scola shook off a knee strain to score 21 points and Kevin Martin posted 20 to help the Rockets end a four-game losing streak in the Rose City. "This is a tough place to play," Martin said. "We came out fighting. I could not be happier for this team and the way we are playing right now."

Houston is three games behind Portland and Memphis for the seventh and eighth seed in the conference and sports a 15-18 record away from Space City. Los Angeles is expected to have talented point guard Eric Gordon back in the lineup after he's missed several games with an injured right wrist. The Clippers went 4-14 without Gordon, who's averaging a team-best 24.1 points and 4.5 assists. Gordon last played in a win over Golden State on Jan. 22, and is posting 26.7 ppg in his previous nine.

The Clippers have lost five straight and 12 of their last 14 games, including Monday's 105-99 setback at Sacramento. Blake Griffin posted his 51st double- double with 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Mo Williams made his Clippers debut with 16 points, five assists and five steals. The Clippers recorded a season- high 14 steals on the night.

"They picked up the intensity and their crowd got into it," Griffin said of the Kings in the fourth quarter. "We have to do a better job of matching that intensity." Randy Foye finished with 23 points for LA. Jamario Moon also made his Hollywood debut, playing just under four minutes and hitting a three-pointer. Moon and Williams were acquired from Cleveland in a deal that sent guard Baron Davis to the Cavaliers before the trade deadline.

Griffin has posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in five straight games, and did so over a 14-game span from Dec. 12, 2010 - Jan. 14, 2011. The rookie star and Slam Dunk champion leads the NBA with 39 games of at least 20-points and 10 boards. Foye is averaging 26.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists in his previous three games. He is posting 17.5 points in 18 starts for Gordon.

Houston has beaten the Clippers twice already this season and has won 13 of the past 16 matchups between the teams. The Rockets are 12-2 in the last 14 games as the visitor in this series.

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