After droves of Rockets fans cleared out of Toyota Center in the final seconds of Saturday night’s 107-94 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, a few stayed around to show support for a hometown favorite.

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan’s name was shouted from fans in the stands near the end of the game. He looked in the crowd, waved and smiled.

Jordan had plenty to smile about Saturday night. For the third time this season, he pulled down at least 17 rebounds. He had 18, to be exact, to go with 12 points, leading a Clippers defensive effort that beat back a third-quarter Rockets rally.

Jordan, who starred at Humble’s Christian Life Center Academy before being a one-and-done at Texas A&M, said playing in Houston brought out a great performance.

“You know, it’s always great to play here in front of my friends and family and people I went to high school and college with,” Jordan said. “The main focus is to get a win and that made it even better.”

Jordan, who is in his sixth year with the Clippers, has a bigger role with the team and bigger goals this season, thanks to new head coach Doc Rivers.

Rivers has told Jordan to make defense the biggest part of his game and Jordan has taken it to heart, vowing to be one of the best defenders in the NBA this season.

“Anything I can give us offensively is a bonus, obviously, but my first, second, third, fourth, fifth priority is definitely defense and trying to be everywhere and help everybody,” Jordan said.

Rivers said he’s happy to see the effort Jordan is putting forth this season. He’s averaging 11 points and 13.7 rebounds a game, along with 2.1 blocks after turning back three more shots in his hometown. On Saturday, he also added four assists and four steals.