Clippers overcame 11-point 3rd quarter to beat Rockets

Houston Rockets' John Wall, right, works against Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 23, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)
Houston Rockets' John Wall, right, works against Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 23, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP) (2021 Getty Images)

(AP) – Paul George had 33 points and 14 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers shook off an 11-point third quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 109-104 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

The Clippers were 5 of 22 from the field and 0 for 6 from 3-point range in the third to fall behind 80-76. The 11 points scored in the third quarter marked a season low for points in a quarter for the Clippers.

“We just had to stay with it,” George said. “Not every game is going to be perfect, and that third quarter was an indication of that. We just couldn’t make a shot. As a team, we didn’t have a rhythm, we missed a lot of shots and turned the ball over a lot. It was just a flat quarter for us.”

Reggie Jackson hit three straight 3s early in the fourth as part of an 11-2 run that helped Los Angeles regain the lead. Jackson finished with 19 points.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s 200-199 or 49-48, we’ve just got to find a way to come out with a win,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We’ve got a lot of guys out. We knew it’d be a tough game for us. Guys could’ve easily given up, but they didn’t, and we found a way to win.”

John Wall had 27 points and 13 assists for Houston. Christian Wood had 24 points and 19 rebounds, and Kelly Olynyk 23 points and 10 rebounds.

“No matter what our record says, it’s still the game of basketball,” Wall said. “We’ve got some veterans and some young guys, and no matter what’s going on, you never want to have any quit in you. There’s always something to play for.”

The Rockets have lost eight of their last nine and 13 of their last 15. Houston is 4-34 since Feb. 4.