In almost a textbook game, the Clippers (11-24) beat Denver (20-14) and did just about everything right.
Eric Gordon scored 28 points – with 4 3-pointers – Blake Griffin had 22 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists, Baron Davis put in 16 points and had eight assists, Ryan Gomes scored 13 and DeAndre Jordan had a breakout game with 14 points, 20 rebounds, six blocks and three assists for LA and they won at home.
Along with the balanced offense and defense, the Clippers didn’t lose their first half lead in the second; only had 12 turnovers, outscored Denver in three of the four quarters and shot 10-of-27 from the three-point line.
The Clippers got revenge on the Nuggets, which had won their previous two meetings this season
The Clippers just took a 51-43 lead into halftime over Denver. Blake Griffin already has a double-double – his 22nd in a row – with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Eric Gordon has added 14 points so far and Baron Davis has 11 and eight assists.
It was announced earlier than Griffin will be participating the Dunk Contest on All-Star Weekend in February.
Midway through the third quarter, Blake Griffin got yet another double-double. Right now he has 25 points and 10 rebounds and the Clippers lead 74-67 with less than a minute left in the third.
Blake Griffin has 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the Clippers to the 53-42 lead at haltime.
Griffin has already had two electrifying dunks that you’ll probably see on SportsCenter later – one in particular on a alley-oop pass from Baron Davis in the first quarter.
The Clippers have limited the turnovers and have consistently blocked Hawks shots and gotten key plays from Griffin, Eric Gordon and Al-Farouq Aminu in the half.
Baron Davis has eight points and four assists while Eric Bledsoe has scored eight so far.
Baron Davis just threw up what looked like a stray pass and Griffin got it with one hand and had another highlight dunk.
Made the crowd go nuts
The Clippers are gaining popularity judging from the jerseys that fans are wearing at Staples Center. Two players in particular are getting more and more popular. The #32 Blake Griffin and #10 Eric Gordon are everywhere, although there are many Baron Davis #1’s, a few Kamans
and some older ones like Corey Maggette and Sam Cassell.
Incidentally, today’s Hawks game matches up two brothers on opposing teams. Jarron Collins (Clips) will go up against Jason Collins (Atlanta) – both of whom won a high school title at Harvard-Westlake in the 1990’s – along with actor Jason Segel.