Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick combine for 56 points for Clippers (VIDEO)

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Combined they had 56 points and were 8-of-12 from three — and the Rockets had no answer for them.

While everyone focused on the return of Chris Paul to the Clippers, it was the combination of J.J. Redick (31 points) and Austin Rivers (25) that did in the Houston Rockets Friday night. The Clipper guards were working hard off the ball, running in transition, and generally out-hustling the Rockets. Then they hit their shots — they combined to shoot 21-of-27.

The Rockets struggling defense couldn’t keep up — 17 of the pair’s shots were uncontested. The other Clipper guards are the reason Los Angeles is up 2-1 in the series.