The Los Angeles Clippers have struggled mightily of late with nine losses in their last 14 games, and their misery continued in the first half on Saturday as the Houston Rockets took a 47-39 lead into halftime. Chase Buddinger led the Rockets with 13 points in the opening half.
The Rockets are playing without Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin, which only adds to the pain for the Clippers, who lost on Thursday night at home to a Phoenix Suns team without Steve Nash and Grant Hill. Courtney Lee added 13 points for Houston, who shot 50% (19 for 38) in the first half.
Blake Griffin had 10 points and five rebounds in the first half for Los Angeles, who shot 38.1% (16 for 42) in the opening 24 minutes. Chris Paul had two points on 1-of-5 shooting for the Clippers.
The Clippers have lost four of their last five home games.
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