Austin Rivers started both games in Paul's absence and scored a combined 27 points.
Paul averaged 19.2 points and 10.1 assists this season. He has averaged 22.7 points, 7.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds in seven postseason games this year.
Clippers-Rockets Game 3 tips off at 10:30 p.m. ET at Staples Center on Friday.
- Molly Geary