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News ID: 90209
Publish Date : 15 May 2021 - 21:11
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HOUSTON (AP) - Kelly Olynyk scored 20 points and fell a rebound shy of a triple-double as the Houston Rockets snapped a seven-game skid with a 122-115 victory over a Los Angeles Clippers team that rested several starters Friday night.
Olynyk had 11 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win for the first time since April 29.
‘’Every one of them coming together to have a victory is really good stuff,’’ coach Stephen Silas said.
The Clippers were without Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley as all three sat out on the second night of back-to-back games as the team prepares for the playoffs.
The loss coupled with a win by Denver on Friday night leaves the Clippers in a tie for third place in the Western Conference with one game remaining.
Coach Tyronn Lue said he’s thinking about how his rotation will look as the postseason approaches, but that he hasn’t nailed everything down yet.
‘’We’ve got a lot of decisions to make, but the most important thing is health,’’ he said.
The Rockets, who have the NBA’s worst record at 17-54, won for just the second time in the last 14 games thanks to a balanced scoring effort where seven players scored at least 10 points.
Rookie Jae’Sean Tate added 20 points and Khyri Thomas and Anthony Lamb added 17 points each for Houston.
Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta visited the team in the locker room after the victory.
‘’Tilman came in and spoke to the team and told them how proud he was of them and he hadn’t done that this season,’’ Silas said. ‘’The players really liked that.’’
The Rockets trailed by as many as 11 in the first half but used a 43-point second quarter to take an 83-79 lead into halftime.
A 3-pointer by Luke Kennard got the Clippers within four with about eight minutes left in the third quarter. The Rockets then used a 14-5 run, powered by seven points from D.J. Augustin, to extend the lead to 97-84 with about four minutes left in the third.
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