An hour or so before the Clippers hosted the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Eric Gordon sat at his locker discussing his various bumps and bruises.

An hour or so later, Gordon played his first game in more than a month, scoring 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting to help the Clippers snap a five-game losing streak with a 106-103 victory over the Rockets.

His final four points - a tip-in off his own miss with 42 seconds left, and two free throws with 29 seconds remaining - put the Clippers up by seven, and they needed every last one of those points to fend off a furious Rockets rally over the final half minute.

Spurred on by the return of their leading scorer, the Clippers played one of their best games in weeks, getting 20points and 14 rebounds from Blake Griffin and 21 points and nine rebounds from Chris Kaman, who came up huge in the fourth quarter with nine points.

Before all that, though, Gordon had to do some body-part inventory. There was the obvious aching right wrist, the one that kept the emerging star sidelined the last five weeks but sufficiently healed enough for him to return to action against the Rockets.

Long story short, it still hurts.

Then there was the finger on his right hand wrapped in protective tape, the one he tore a ligament in back in January.

Yeah, that still hurts too.

Finally, there's the back injury he suffered the same night he hurt his wrist.