Basketball: Clippers shoot down Rockets to take 3-1 lead in play-off series

(REUTERS) - Centre DeAndre Jordan's double-double led the Los Angeles Clippers to the brink of a first Western Conference final with a 128-95 win over the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center on Sunday.

With 26 points and 17 rebounds, he was one of six Los Angeles players in double figures as the Clippers took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series ahead of Game Five at the Toyota Center in Houston on Tuesday.

Forward Blake Griffin poured in 21 points, shooting guard J.J. Redick scored 18 while point guard Chris Paul finished with 15.

Guard James Harden led Houston with 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The Clippers held a six-point advantage at half-time but opened up the lead in the third quarter with a 21-4 run for an 81-58 cushion after back-to-back lobs from Paul to Jordan midway through the quarter.

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