Paul, Clippers ground Rockets; Spurs win again

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Mar 30 2014 12:39 PM | Updated as of Mar 30 2014 08:39 PM

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) drives the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Photo by Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Clippers 118, Rockets 107

Guard Chris Paul and center DeAndre Jordan carried the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers to a 118-107 victory over the Houston Rockets.

The Clippers (52-22) lost All-Star forward Blake Griffin to injury early in the first half yet managed to extend their lead over the Rockets (49-23) in the race for the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs race.

Paul finished with 30 points and 12 assists and Jordan added 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Rockets guard James Harden had 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

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Spurs 96, Pelicans 80

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 96-80 for their 17th successive victory, matching the franchise record set in 1995-96.

Guard Marco Belinelli led the Spurs with 18 points. Forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Manu Ginobili scored 15 each.

Guard Brian Roberts, back after missing two games with a knee injury, led New Orleans with 18 points. Guard Austin Rivers scored 16.