Crawford scores 30 as Clips beat Rockets 117-109

Crawford scores 30 as Clips beat Rockets 117-109
January 15, 2013, 10:35 pm
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HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Jamal Crawford #11 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives the ball against Carlos Delfino #10 of the Houston Rockets on January 15, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)


HOUSTON (AP) Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, including 12 straight to start the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers looked just fine without Chris Paul in a 117-109 win over the struggling Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

The Clippers won their second game in a row despite missing their star point guard, who is day to day with a bruised right kneecap.

Los Angeles used a big third quarter to take the lead, and Crawford extended the advantage to 20 by outscoring Houston 12-7 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

James Harden had 23 points for the Rockets, whose four-game losing streak is a season worst.

The Clippers improved to 11-1 this season when the 12-year veteran Crawford leads the team in scoring.