Austin, Doc Rivers ejected in 2nd quarter against Rockets

Houston Rockets guard James Harden torched the New York Knicks in their NBA clash

Felton's 26 points led the way for the Clippers, as they drop to 22-13 on the season. Minutes later, his father, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers followed him to the locker room after an ejection of his own. One game later in Houston, it was Paul sitting out again and Redick returning from his hamstring injury.

"He wasn't going to play anymore", Rivers said of Paul, who played 30 minutes against the Pelicans. Even with the game in the balance and his team already down two other starters (forward Blake Griffin remains sidelined following knee surgery), Rivers resisted the urge to insert Paul into the game in pursuit of a victory. DeAndre Jordan added 20 points and 13 rebounds. Wesley Johnson and Alan Anderson contributed 10 points each.

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James Harden recorded his seventh triple-double of the season with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Rockets, who have won three straight games. After missing a shot in the lane midway through the second quarter, Rivers was suddenly ejected for making contact with an official with 6:38 left in the quarter.

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