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Rivers scores 36, as Clippers beat Rockets

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets on Friday evening. The Clippers won 128-118 over the Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

The Clippers improved to 13-18 with the win. The Rockets fell to 25-6 after the loss.

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Austin Rivers reaches for the ball (Getty Images)

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Austin Rivers reaches for the ball (Getty Images)

This was also the first-time that these two teams have faced each other since the Chris Paul blockbuster deal this past summer. Paul did not play in this contest due to a left adductor injury.

Austin Rivers led the Clippers with 36 points. He also had two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one block.

He was one of two Clippers starters, who scored in double-figures. DeAndre Jordan had 15 points, along with 20 rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.

Lou Williams also gave the Clippers a huge boost off the bench. He had 32 points, along with two rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.

Williams was one of the players, who was acquired by the Clippers in the Paul deal. Sam Dekker, who was also another piece to the Paul deal, had 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, and one steal.

James Harden led the Rockets with 51 points. He also had four rebounds, eight assists, and three steals.

He became the first player in the league since 2007, who has had back-to-back 50-point performances.

Harden was one of four Rockets starters, who scored in double-figures. Eric Gordon also added 28 points, along with four rebounds, and two assists.

Ryan Anderson had 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and one block. Trevor Arizona had 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

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