Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 3/4/12
HOUSTON (AP) -- Chris Paul had 28 points and 10 assists, Blake Griffin added 14 points and 11 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Houston Rockets 105-103 in overtime Sunday night. Randy Foye had 15 points and Caron Butler and Mo Williams had 14 apiece for the Clippers, who beat Houston for only the eighth time in the last 33 meetings. Kevin Martin scored 25 points, and Samuel Dalembert and Luis Scola each grabbed 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who've lost three in a row after winning their previous four. Neither team led by more than seven points, and there were 20 ties and 24 lead changes before Paul scored on a drive and sank two free throws in the final minute of overtime to secure the victory. Paul's jumper from the top of the key with 4:40 left in regulation put L.A. up 89-83, its biggest lead. Courtney Lee answered with a 3-pointer and a layup to quickly cut Houston's deficit to one. The teams traded the lead six times over the final three minutes of the fourth quarter. Paul's free throws with 45 seconds remaining put the Clippers up 95-94. Scola sank two free throws after an offensive rebound to give the lead back to the Rockets. Paul faked out Lowry with a crossover dribble and hit a short jumper with 25 seconds to go, and Houston called a timeout. Dalembert, an 83 percent shooter from the free-throw line, split a pair with 18 seconds left to tie it at 97. Dalembert finished with 17 points. Paul, guarded by Lee, let the clock wind down, but he couldn't get a shot off before the final buzzer, forcing overtime. The lead changed hands three more times early in overtime before Lee beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer from the wing with 1:34 left to put the Rockets up 103-100. Paul dished to Griffin for a powerful slam to cut the Clippers' deficit to one, and Paul scored on a drive to put L.A. back on top with 51 seconds to go. Kevin Martin missed a 3-point try, Kenyon Martin rebounded and Paul made a free throw with 4.9 seconds remaining for a 105-103 Clippers lead. Martin missed another 3-point try on Houston's final play. The Clippers outrebounded Houston 49-43 to make up for 16 turnovers. Houston went 10 for 20 from 3-point range, but 37-for-86 overall. Griffin, shadowed by Scola early, missed his first three shots. Kevin Martin scored nine points and delivered four assists in the first quarter, and Houston led 30-25. The Clippers rebounded better with Griffin on the bench for the first 6 12 minutes of the second quarter. DeAndre Jordan grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to put Los Angeles ahead 36-35 before Griffin returned. Griffin swished a jumper from the wing a minute later, his first points. He was 1 for 6 from the field when he swept down the lane for a left-handed dunk to make it 40-all. Dalembert scored 14 points and Martin had 12 in the first half, and Houston led 47-45 at the break. Kyle Lowry drove for a layup early in the third quarter, collided with Jordan and landed hard on his left wrist. He stayed in the game and converted the resulting free throw and Houston led 55-52. Lowry took another hard spill and scored again a minute later, as Houston continued to attack the Clippers inside. Los Angeles hit seven of its first nine shots after halftime to keep pace. Jordan dunked home a Griffin miss to tie it again, at 62-all. The Clippers went 10 for 13 from the free-throw line in the third quarter to build a small lead heading to the fourth. NOTES: Griffin has 22 double-doubles this season. ... Paul has a steal in 39 consecutive games, the NBA's longest active streak. ... The Rockets open a five-game road trip in Boston on Tuesday. ... The Rockets have been outrebounded in 10 straight games.
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