Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/11/14
HOUSTON -- While Chris Paul is unquestionably an MVP candidate, the Los Angeles Clippers performed exceptionally without him for a second consecutive night, rolling past the Houston Rockets 117-109 Tuesday at Toyota Center. Reserve guard Jamal Crawford poured in 30 points in just 28 minutes as the Clippers (30-9) matched the Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder in victories. Los Angeles' bench again struck the decisive blow, sparking the rally that shifted momentum to the Clippers for good. After the Rockets (21-18) shook off a sluggish start to the second quarter with a sudden 13-4 burst, Crawford and reserve forward Matt Barnes scored nine consecutive points to cut the Rockets' 52-45 lead to three points. Backup point guard Eric Bledsoe, starting in place of Paul, who has a bruised right kneecap, closed the second quarter with four successive points to set the stage for the Clippers' runaway third period. The Clippers opened the third with a 10-0 run as Blake Gri...
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