Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Similar styles set to clash in L.A.
By ESPN Stats & Info
AP Photo/Mark J. TerrillThe Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers meet for a third time this season Wednesday night (ESPN, 10:30 p.m. ET), and chances are the match-up will be fun to watch.
The Clippers and Rockets like to get out and run, as they both rank in the top five in transition scoring.
Off to the races
There will be no shortage of high-flying dunks and fast breaks, as the Clippers and Rockets rank one and two in the league in dunks, respectively. They also play at almost the same exact pace and both rank in the top five in the league in transition scoring.
James Harden scored 20 of his 43 points in transition Tuesday night against the Kings, adding to his league-leading average of 7.8 points per game in transition.
The Clippers have been able to keep Harden in check this season, though. In the first two matchups against the Clippers this season, Harden scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting in transition.
Blake Griffin leads the Clippers, and all NBA power forwards/centers in transition points and assists this season.
The Rockets enter Wednesday night’s game as one of the hottest teams in the NBA.
Houston is an NBA-best 18-5 since January 1. Fresh off a 26-point win against the Sacramento Kings, the Rockets have won 10 of its last 11 overall.
The Rockets entered January sitting in sixth place in the Western Conference. But Houston now sits in third place after a couple hot months and is one-and-a-half games back of the San Antonio Spurs.
The Clippers are 2-0 this season against the Rockets, winning by an average of 16.0 points per game.
Los Angeles found success against the Rockets by shooting well from long range, as well as having a balanced attack.
The Clippers averaged 12.0 three point field goals per game and show 38.7 percent from that distance in the first two meetings. Houston averaged 7.0 three point field goals and shot just 27.5 percent from that range.
In those two meetings four Clippers averaged 18+ points per game – J.J. Redick (24.0), Griffin (20.0), Jamal Crawford (18.5) and Chris Paul (18.5). Paul also dished out 15.0 assists per game.
L.A.’s success against Houston extends beyond this season, as the Clippers have won seven of their last eight games against the Rockets.