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Ben DuBose

Takeaways: James Harden sinks Houston’s win streak with late dagger for Clippers

In the opener of a three-game road trip and their second game of the NBA’s new in-season tournament, the Houston Rockets (6-4, 1-1 in West Group B) had their six-game winning streak snapped courtesy of Friday’s 106-100 loss (box score) to the host Clippers. With the victory, Los Angeles (4-7, 1-2) ended a six-game losing streak.

James Harden, formerly a franchise icon with the Rockets, connected on a tiebreaking 4-point play with only 6.0 seconds left to play. Harden led the way for the Clippers with 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists, shooting 8-of-11 from the field (72.7%), 2-of-4 on 3-pointers (50.0%), and 6-of-7 on free throws (85.7%) versus the Rockets.

Houston’s standout players included:

  • Alperen Sengun: 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 turnovers; 8-of-18 shooting (44.4%), 2-of-5 on 3-pointers (40.0%), 5-of-7 free throws (71.4%)
  • Jalen Green: 20 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds; 5-of-16 shooting (31.3%), 1-of-6 on 3-pointers (16.7%), 9-of-10 free throws (90.0%)
  • Fred VanVleet: 19 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds; 7-of-14 shooting (50.0%), 5-of-9 on 3-pointers (55.6%)
  • Tari Eason: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks in 20 minutes; 6-of-9 shooting (66.7%)

Kawhi Leonard finished with a game-high 26 points and 5 steals for Los Angeles, shooting 8-of-16 overall and 3-of-6 on 3-pointers (50.0%). Paul George added 23 points for the Clippers with four 3-pointers, though Houston limited him to 8-of-22 shooting (36.4%).

Here’s our look at highlights and postgame interviews from late Friday, along with reaction by media members and fans. Next up for Houston is Sunday’s matchup versus the Lakers, also at the Arena in Los Angeles. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. Central.

Nov. 17 Rockets-Clippers reaction

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