Clippers Vs. Rockets: Houston Loses To Los Angeles In Overtime

The Houston Rockets fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime 105-103. The loss was the third straight for the Rockets

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NBA Power Rankings 2012: Losers Of Three Straight, Light Gets Brighter In The Future

The Houston Rockets have lost three in a row after winning their first game after the all-star game. Tough losses all against potential playoff teams now have the Rockets at 21-17 for the season and SB Nation NBA columnist Tom Ziller has Houston ranked No. 12 in this week's power rankings.

12. Houston Rockets 21-17 W: TOR; L: UTA, DEN, LAC The Dream Shake
Unfortunately, Houston met a tough stretch coming out of All-Star ... and didn't get Ws. But overall, the Rockets' schedule to run out the season is favorable. They'll have a chance to cinch up a playoff berth if they can close some games out.

With the trade deadline looming next week, moves will be made and players will be residing in new area codes. Some of the Rockets chief competitors within the division could be looking to add a piece (Dallas, San Antonio, Memphis) or could look to be dumping assets (New Orleans).

What will Houston do? Stand pat, or be aggressive? Daryl Morey and Kevin McHale....you are now on the clock.

For more news and notes on the Rockets fans should check out The Dream Shake. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Rockets Vs. Clippers Final Score: Houston Falls In Overtime To Los Angeles, 105-103

Overtime was needed to decide the winner between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers, and it was the Clippers who were the victors winning 105-103. Kevin Martin led the Rockets by scoring 26 points as he was one of six Houston players to score in double figures. Martin needed 22 shots to get to his 26 points as he went 6-of-22 from the field, but it was his free throw shooting that saved him as he made all 10 attempts.

The Rockets had a small lead for a good portion of the game but they could not create any separation as the largest lead they had was five points. The fourth quarter was different as the Clippers were able to go ahead and build a six-point lead with just under five minutes to go in the game. Courtney Lee responded by scoring the next five points to get the Rockets back in this game.

The Rockets had a chance to win in regulation when Samuel Dalembert went to the free throw line down one with 18 seconds but he only made one of two.

In overtime the Rockets went up 103-100 on a Lee two-point shot with 1:34 left, but that would be the last points of the game for the Rockets. The Clippers would go on to score the next five points to take a two-point lead. The Rockets did have two chances to tie the game but Martin missed a jumper and Dalembert missed a put back as time expired.

For more on the this game Rockets fans should check out The Dream Shake and Clippers fans should join the conversation at Clips Nation. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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NBA Standings 2012: After Losing Two Straight, Houston Falls To 7th In Western Conference

The NBA's Western Conference has always been a blood bath of sorts, as the plethora of teams loaded with talent take turns bludgeoning each other until the 82 game schedule comes to an end. In this particular season, where 66 games is the forte, the circumstances haven't changed. From the 3rd place Los Angeles Clippers to the 11th place Utah Jazz, the separation is only 5 games in the standings.

So where do the Houston Rockets fit in? Currently, they sit in seventh place after dropping two in a row to the Jazz and Denver Nuggets and are in the discussion of possible personnel movement. Could Kevin Martin be traded? Could Pau Gasol still be a realistic possibility? What about making a play for Dwight Howard?

Kevin McHale and Daryl Morey have to try and win now while planning for the future. Making the playoffs could give a big boost of confidence to the fans and the young players on the team, but is making a run this season worth sacrificing personnel? The trade deadline is less than two weeks away, so we will all find out soon enough.


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
Oklahoma City Thunder 37 29-8 .784
San Antonio Spurs 36 25-11 .694
Los Angeles Clippers 34 21-13 .618
Los Angeles Lakers 36 22-14 .611
Memphis Grizzlies 37 22-15 .595
Dallas Mavericks 38 22-16 .579
Houston Rockets 37 21-16 .568
Denver Nuggets 37 20-17 .541
Minnesota Timberwolves 38 19-19 .500
Portland Trail Blazers 37 18-19 .486
Utah Jazz 36 17-19 .472
Phoenix Suns 36 16-20 .444
Golden State Warriors 33 14-19 .424
Sacramento Kings 36 12-24 .333
New Orleans Hornets 37 9-28 .243


For more insights and commentary on the Houston Rockets, check out SB Nation blog The Dream Shake. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Clippers Vs. Rockets Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Houston Rockets will try to snap a two-game losing streak Sunday night when they take on Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers.

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