Rockets cruise past Clippers, 98-81

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HOUSTON (AP) - Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Francisco Garcia scored 15 points apiece to lead the Houston Rockets to a 98-81 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

Houston was playing without shooting guard and leading scorer James Harden, who missed his third game of the season with a right ankle sprain.

Garcia had his best game as a Rocket, hitting 3 of 5 shots from beyond the arc as a spark off the bench to help Houston snap a two-game losing streak.

Lin and Parsons combined for 13 points in the third quarter, when the Rockets outscored Los Angeles 30-13. The rally gave Houston a 22-point lead heading into the fourth, and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro had seen enough.

Point guard Chris Paul was the only Clippers starter to play in the final quarter, finishing with 19 points, seven assists and three steals.



 
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