The Los Angeles Clippers close out their road schedule Saturday night, playing the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. The Clippers, at 31-49, need to win their final two games of the season to avoid 50 losses for the fourth straight season. They face a Rockets team that has lost two straight contest, but is well rested, at least relatively.
Houston has had two days off since their last game, a 101-93 loss in New Orleans on Wednesday. The Clippers played, and lost, Friday night in Dallas. On the season the Clippers are 9-31 on the road, while the Rockets are 24-15 at home this season.
Blake Griffin is one of just four rookies in NBA history with 1,800 points, 900 rebounds, and 250 assists, joining three players with Los Angeles ties: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969-70), UCLA's Sidney Wicks (1971-72), and Elgin Baylor (1958-59). Griffin has 969 rebounds on the season, and needs 31 boards to reach 1,000 on the season, a mark that hasn't been reached by a Clipper since Swen Nater in San Diego 30 seasons ago.
Tonight's 5:30 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. The Clippers are 1-2 this season against Houston. Eric Gordon is listed as questionable with a sprained left ankle.
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