Five things to take from Clippers’ 108-91 victory at Washington

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


– The bench scored half of the team’s 108 points in this one, and extended a 15-point lead after three quarters to as many as 26 points in the fourth. Jamal Crawford led that group with 21 points.

– Speaking of Crawford, he had been struggling mightily with his shot, so him shooting 9 of 12 from the field – 3 of 5 from 3-point range – was good to see.

Cole Aldrich, who is now playing instead of Josh Smith, had a nice game. He shot just 3 of 9, but he made 7 of 8 from the free-throw line and finished with 13 points in 20 minutes off the bench. He also had six rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block. Talk about energy.

Austin Rivers played for the first time since spraining his right ankle on Dec. 19 in Houston. He missed three games, then played 19 minutes in this one. He was rusty, scoring just four points on 1 of 4 shooting. He had two assists and two steals, but three turnovers. But like the rest of the team, he played hard.

– After Smith started and played just five minutes in Saturday’s win at Utah, Paul Pierce took that starting spot for this one and came through with nine points, four rebounds, and assist and a steal in just 17 minutes. He shot 4 of 7 after scoring 20 points and shooting 6 of 11 at Utah. That’s two solid games in succession for the 38-year-old Pierce.

BONUS TAKE: Chris Paul dunked twice.