Houston Rockets shoot 64 free throws in Game 2 win over Clippers

The Houston Rockets won Game 2 at the free-throw line.

They shot 64 free throws, twice as many as the Clippers (32). The Rockets scored 42 points from the charity stripe, while the Clippers only had 25.

“You’re not going to win many games when the other team shoots 64 free throws and they make more free throws than we even attempted,” Blake Griffin said after the Rockets’ 115-109 win.

The Rockets shot 25 free throws in the third quarter while the Clippers shot seven. In the fourth quarter, the Rockets shot 18 free throws while the Clippers shot 10.


The Clippers used a 10-2 run to cut a 12-point deficit to four, 111-107, with one minute left. In the final minute alone, the Rockets shot six free throws while the Clippers only attempted two.

“They shot 117 free throws tonight,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers joked Wednesday evening.

Rockets’ shooting guard James Harden made each of his 15 free-throw attempts. Rockets’ center Dwight was sent to the free-throw line 21 times, nearly twice as many times as Blake Griffin, who attempted the most free throws for the Clippers with 11.

Blake Griffin said the Clippers weren’t using the hack-a-whoever strategy. He added that maybe the Rockets just succeeded in getting the referees’ attention when it counted most.


“We got to do a better job, I guess, of making it more obvious,” Griffin said.

The Rockets’ win in Game 2 evened the team’s second-round playoff series at 1-1. Game 3 will be in Los Angeles on Friday at 7:30 p.m. PDT.

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