Clippers rally late to end road woes

HOUSTON - Craig Smith scored a season-high 25 points and had 10 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Houston Rockets, 99-93, on Thursday night to break an 11-game road losing streak.

The Clippers, who hadn’t won on the road since Feb. 2, trailed by as many as 11 in the second half before using a big run to take the lead.

The short-handed Rockets were without Shane Battier and Kevin Martin, who sat out because of a sore left shoulder.

The Rockets held a narrow lead with about seven minutes remaining before Los Angeles scored five straight points to go on top 80-76. Houston hit two free throws before Eric Gordon scored five consecutive points to push the lead to 85-78.

Houston cut the lead to three points on a 3-pointer by Trevor Ariza with about two minutes left, but Smith made a free throw followed by a jump shot by Baron Davis to make it 92-86 with less than a minute remaining.

A 3-pointer by Davis with 17 seconds left made it 95-88, and he turned around and smiled as most of the few fans remaining headed toward the exits.

Ariza and Aaron Brooks had 18 points each to lead Houston.