The Clippers outscored the Grizzlies 22-0 to end the game and win 98-88 at Staples Center. Eric Gordon started for the first time since his return from an injury and led all scorers with 29 points, with Baron Davis and Marcus Camby had 14 each.
Blake Griffin was spotted before the game in a game uniform and warming up by shooting and doing some light dribbling, but was inactive for the game.
Clippers longtime TV play-by-play man Ralph Lawler and color analyst Michael Smith met with Memphis Grizzlies reserve center Hamed Haddadi, his manager and three representatives of the Alliance of Iranian Americans before the game to express their regrets for the remarks they made about him during the Nov. 18 broadcast from Memphis that led to a one-game suspension for both broadcasters. Coincidentally, there was also an event celebrating Iranian heritage at Staples Center the same day and the large Iranian group sat in one whole section of the arena.
Simers had an interesting article about Sterling in Wednesday’s LA Times paper, in case you missed it then. It is here.
After being behind by seven points at halftime, the Clippers outscored the Pistons in the third and fourth quarters and beat Detroit 104-96 in Detroit.
Chris Kaman scored 26 points and Baron Davis had 25 points – shot six of nine from the field and went perfect from the line (11-11). Al Thornton had 19 points and Eric Gordon, back from a groin injury, scored 14 from the bench.
The Clippers have won their last three of four games, following a stretch of losing five of six. Los Angeles is now at 7-10 and moving up in the Pacific Division – but chasing Phoenix (12-3) and the Lakers at 11-3.
The Clippers come back to town and play Memphis on Sunday at 12:30pm.
Baron Davis has 23 and Chris Kaman 22 for the Clippers as they’re keeping it close – now leading the Pistons 86-84
Al Thornton has 13 also
The Clippers held on the lead for the second half – despite a couple of Nugget rallies, spearheaded by Carmelo Anthony – and won 106-99 at Staples Center.
Rasual Butler finished the game with 27 points while Al Thornton added 18, Chris Kaman 13 and Baron Davis had 12, after a slow start.
Anthony lead all scorers with 37 points, shooting 12 of 20 from the field and 12 of 13 from the free throw line. Nene added 18 points, Kenyon Martin 14 and Ty Lawson tossed in 12 for the Nuggets, who fall to 8-4.
The Clippers improve to 5-9, still without #1 pick Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, both who are out due to injury.
With 5:49 left in the game, the Nuggets – behind Carmelo Anthony – have erased the Clipper lead and are now only behind 95-90.
Anthony just hit two free throws for the Nuggets and now has 35 points. Nene and Ty Lawson have combined for 30 more for Denver.
Baron Davis is starting to hit bombs from outside now too. Just hit one from far behind the arc – from a pass from Chris Kaman.