Houston, you have a problem. Griffin simply overwhelmed the Rockets' toothless frontcourt by using his superior athleticism to score at will. Although he has definitely proved he can create for himself, Griffin's improved rapport with Chris Paul led to a ton of easy dunks and an even easier victory.
Dare I say this was vintage Chris Paul? We all knew Paul was never going to lose his ability to be a good distributor after his knee surgery, but the way he attacked the rim against Houston was a nice reminder that he can morph into a ruthless scorer whenever he chooses.
If you're looking for weaknesses with the Clippers, depth is probably the first thing you'd point to. With that said, Williams is steadily proving he can control the game when the second unit takes the floor. With the starters out, Williams thwarted the Rockets' early comeback attempt, and helped the Clippers maintain their lead with good shooting and even better distributing.
The Clippers flirted with perfection in the first quarter against the Rockets, punishing a defense ill-equipped to keep Paul and Griffin out of the paint. With 41 points on 12 assists and zero turnovers, the immense potential of this offense was actualized for a full period of play, setting the tone for the remainder of the blowout victory.
Surprisingly enough, the Rockets played well offensively. Kevin Martin scored coming off screens, Luis Scola enjoyed his usual diet of flip shots around the rim and Kyle Lowry torched the net from deep. Defensively? That's a different story. Houston clearly lacked the scheme or the personnel to serve as anything more than a speed bump against the Clippers' offensive machine.