Rockets 110, Clippers 84
HOUSTON (AP) _ Charles Barkley had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Scottie Pippen led a fourth-quarter 3-point shooting charge and the Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-84 Sunday night.
The Rockets never trailed and led comfortably throughout most of the game but the Clippers trimmed a 20-point deficit near the end of the third quarter to 86-74 with 7:06 to play.
That’s when the Rockets put on a 3-point shooting show to blow out the Clippers. The Rockets had seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and were 11-for-21 overall from beyond the arc. Los Angeles was 3-for-12 from 3-point range.
Pippen started the Rockets’ run with the first of his three fourth-quarter 3-pointers and they went ahead 108-78 with 1:32 left in the game. Sam Mack also hit two 3-pointers in the run.
Hakeem Olajuwon scored 20 points and Pippen finished with 14 as seven Rockets finished in double figures.
Troy Hudson led the Clippers with 20 points, while Maurice Taylor had 18.
Olajuwon had a perfect shooting first quarter, 3-for-3 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line, and 12 points as the Rockets went up by as many as 15 points.
The Rockets, who led 63-50 at halftime, hit their first 13 free throws and finished the half 15-for-17.
Notes: The Rockets lost all four of their home games to their fellow Texas teams, two each to Dallas and San Antonio. ... The Rockets are 0-5 this season when scoring less than 80 points. ... Taylor averaged 19.7 points in four games against the Rockets this season, including a career-high 29.