Blake Griffin had a career-high 44 points and was close to a triple-double with 15 boards and seven assists, but LA lost to the Knicks 124-115 at Staples Center.
(photo by AP)
Eric Gordon scored 25 in the loss for the Clippers – who are now 1-13 – and Randy Foye was the only other teammate who had more than nine points – finishing with 14.
Amar’e Stoudamire (39) and Danilo Gallinari (31) led the Knicks in scoring and Stoudamire added 11 rebounds. Raymond Felton scored 20 while Toney Douglas had 12 and Wilson Chandler added 10.
The Clippers shot 54% from the floor, 75% from the free throw line and 46% from the three point line – bettering the Knicks in the first of the three categories.
One of the differences in the game was the free throw shooting. New York went 43-51 from the line and LA shot only 29 and made 22 of them.
The Knicks outscored LA 30-24 in the second quarter to take a 58-53 lead going into halftime.
Blake Griffin had a nice rebound there at the end of the 2nd, but heaved an almost fullcourt shot that missed as time expired.
Griffin leads the Clippers in scoring still with 16 points while Stoudamire got more active for the Knicks in the quarter and now he also has 16. Raymond Felton is the second-highest scorer for New York with 14, while no one else in double figures for the Clippers (Gordon has nine)
Clippers lead 29-28 at the end of the first.
Blake Griffin is the only player in double figures from either team and he has 12 points and four rebounds. Ryan Gomes and Randy Foye – both who are 1-2 from the three point line – have five for LA.
Amar’e Stoudamire leads the Knicks with eight points.
So far, the Clippers are shooting 65% from the field and 50% from behind the three point line.
The Clippers start a three-game home stand tonight against the New York Knicks, whose fast-paced offensive style shouldn’t be that much of a problem for the young and athletic Clippers.
The most interesting points of the game should be the direct matchup between Blake Griffin and Amar’e Stoudamire in the paint, Knicks Mike D’Antoni’s fast similar and the return of Randy Foye for the Clippers. Foye’s 37% from three-point land should improve LA, which is statistically the worst three-point shooting league so far.
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Tonight’s game is the first of three consecutive home games, followed by a quick trip to Phoenix, then home games with Utah (next Sunday) and San Antonio. LA currently has the worst record in the league at 1-12 and have lost eight games in a row. They are obviously looking to turn that around – starting tonight.
A three-pointer by Rasual Butler didn’t go in nor did the put back as time expired and the Clippers lost 113-111.
Beasley’s 15-foot jumper with 2.3 left won the game for the Timberwolves, which improve to 5-9. The Clippers drop their seventh in a row, now falling to 1-11.
(Beasley shoots over Ryan Gomes: photo by AP)
All of the Clippers starters finished with double figure scoring led by Eric Gordon’s 30 points and seven assists. Blake Griffin had 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Al-Farouq Aminu had 17 points, DeAndre Jordan scored 11 and Eric Bledsoe had 10.
Beasley was the top-scorer for Minnesota with 33, while Kevin Love had 24 points and 14 rebounds while Corey Brewer scored 14, Luke Ridnour had 12 and Darko Milicic 11.
Beasley just sank a jumper with 2.3 seconds to put the Timberwolves up 113-111.
Clippers have one more shot to win or tie after this timeout