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Even without Chris Paul, Clippers beat Rockets, 117-101, in Game 1
Even without Chris Paul, Clippers beat Rockets, 117-101, in Game 1

The Clippers pulled off a 117-101 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series at Toyota Center on Monday. They did it without Chris Paul, who was sidelined because of a strained left hamstring. And they did it against a Rockets team that had six days of rest, while the Clippers were fresh off a Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday that had 31 lead changes. The Rockets trailed the Clippers by one-point, 89-88, with 7 minutes and 20 seconds left. The Clippers then went on a 12-0 run to take control of the game, 101-88, with 4 minutes and 24 seconds left after J.J. Redick made a running jumper. The Rockets were scoreless for nearly four-minutes...

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