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- Updated: November 5, 2013
LOS ANGELES — It wasn’t the return everyone was talking about, but Dwight Howard returned to Staples Center as the Rockets took on the Clippers.
Chris Paul got things going with 9 assists in the first 10 minutes, and J.J. Redick scored 19 of his 26 total points in the first half. The Clippers also had help from the bad decision of Howard, who had three fouls in the first quarter. The Clippers tied a franchise record with 78 first-half points, as they defeated Houston 137-118.
The loss was Houston’s first of the season, as Howard finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds while receiving boos early and often from the Los Angeles home crowd.
Paul finished the game with 23 points and 17 assists, while Blake Griffin added 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford contributed 21 points off the bench.
The Clippers led the entire game, and remain undefeated as the home team inside the Staples Center. Their only loss was to the Lakers, who played as the home team on opening night.
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