Two of the major stories to watch in the Western Conference during the 2013-2014 NBA season will be the development of the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers. On November 4th, 2013 the two teams met for the first time this season which saw the Clippers overwhelm the Rockets by the score of 137-118.
Dwight Howard was welcomed back to Los Angeles for his first time since leaving the Los Angeles Lakers to a chorus of boos.
The teams would exchange high scoring first and second rounds in a game that would not see a deficiency of buckets made. The Clippers took control in the first quarter when they nearly doubled up on the Rockets output with 42 points to Houston's 25. The Rockets would come back to take the second quarter by scoring 41 points but Los Angeles hung onto the halftime lead at 78-66.
The teams would continue exchanging quarters throughout the second half as well but the Rockets would never be able to really close in on the Clippers' lead.
Seven Clippers players, including all five starters, would score in double figures. J.J. Redick led the way with 26 points while Chris Paul had 23 points and 17 assists. Jamal Crawford added 21 points of his own and shot 6-11 from three point range off of the bench.
Four of the five Rockets starters ended their night in double figures. Howard had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guards Jeremy Lin and James Harden ended the night with 14 points, 8 assists and 15 points, 5 assists respectively. Omri Casspi added 19 points off of the bench for the Houston team.
With this result, both teams improve to 3-1 at this early point of the year. The Clippers will travel out to Florida to play the Orlando Magic on Wednesday while the Rockets will head to Portland to play the Trail Blazers.