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Griffin leads Clippers over Rockets 102-85

HOUSTON (AP) — Blake Griffin had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Jamal Crawford added 21 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers coast to a 102-85 win over the injury-depleted Houston Rockets on Friday night.

The Rockets were playing their fifth straight game without Dwight Howard (knee strain) and were also missing two other starters.

The Clippers took the lead at the end of the first quarter and didn’t trail again. Houston got within 10 points early in the third, but a run by Los Angeles pushed the lead to 18.

An alley-oop dunk by DeAndre Jordan made it 94-73 with about six minutes remaining and the starters went to the bench soon after that.

James Harden had 16 points to lead Houston.

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