"They shot 41 threes, we shot 18".
They gave a good account of themselves against the conference leaders who shot uncharacteristically badly, hitting just 38.9 percent from the floor and 29.3 percent from 3-point range.
The Philadelphia 76ers survived a scare against the lowly Knicks in NY, rallying from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to win 118-110.
But the Clippers don't have time to dwell on this defeat and must concentrate on the remaining 15 games to try and claim an unexpected playoff spot as there are still many twists and turns to come in the compelling race in the west. The Nuggets now hit the road for a pivotal seven-game trip.
Looking exclusively at the free-throw disparity suggests Rivers had a point considering the Clippers attempted a mere eight foul shots while the Rockets attempted 23.
Michael Beasley had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and Courtney Lee and Trey Burke each contributed 16 points for NY, which has lost a season-high nine straight games and 17 of 18.
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Simmons finished with 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
T.J. Warren paced Phoenix with 19 points while Josh Jackson had 17 and Devin Booker had 12. Houston had 11 points from the line in the second half, and the Clippers had two.
Kemba Walker added 24 points and Marvin Williams had 17 for Charlotte, which kept its slim playoff hopes alive. The Rockets, on the other hand, attempted made just six of 17 attempts off the same number of drives, but ended up with eight free throws. Lou [Williams] down the stretch got killed on a play, no call. JaMychal Green tipped it in but after the horn, although it appeared to be basket interference anyway. Portis sank three 3-pointers en route to his 17 points, while Valentine tied his career-high with five 3-pointers and scored 15 points.
Tyreke Evans had 25 points and nine assists for Memphis, while Gasol added 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Clippers will look to bounce back tonight as they head to Oklahoma City for their second game of a tough back-to-back.