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The Los Angeles Clippers just couldn’t put the ball in the basket on Wednesday night in their game against the Houston Rockets. While a lot of that had to do with Chuck Hayes religious guarding of Blake Griffin, the Clippers as a whole had trouble rebounding and putting the ball through the hoop. The reserves were brought in to try and help Los Angeles rally to a win, but the few leads they managed yielded no victory. The Clippers were outrebounded 50-44 for the first time in eight games, and the Rockets won their 11th of the last 14 meetings with L.A. It all came to an end at 96-83 after regulation time. Odds.

Chuck Hayes did his homework, watching and studying video footage from Griffin’s previous games to find out his weaknesses. The work certainly paid off. The NBA’s shortest starting center at 6’6’’ held Griffin to his lowest point total in a game while going for 5 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists himself. Luis Scola also came through with 16 points and 6 rebounds to push his team to their 24th win over the Clippers since 2003, and Aaron Brooks also added 16 points. After all was said and done, the Rockets held an opponent to under 100 points for the third time since December 22nd while improving to a 22-25 record. Scores.

Randy Foye scored a season-high 20 points with 1 rebounds and 1 assist, but the Clipers fell to their fourth straight loss on the road. Griffin finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists, and simply put his anemic performance on missing shots. He was quoted, “I didn’t have great energy and just missed shots”. After three terrible quarters, Los Angeles finished the fourth with 36.4 percent shooting and a season-low 10 points. With five minutes left in the half, the reserves managed to rally from a seven-point deficit to a 44-42 lead, and consecutive driving layups from Foye put the team up 73-70 in the third, but the Clippers would not hold onto those leads. After missing their first 15 shots in the fourth, the L.A. team fell to a 17-28 record. For the best online betting information, is your number one source. Las Vegas odds.

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