Doc Rivers encourages the Clippers during the first half of their 95-89 victory New Years Eve at New Orleans/AP photo by Gerald Herbert
The Clippers on New Years Eve continued to play well without Blake Griffin, winning their fourth consecutive game sans their leading scorer with a 95-89 victory at New Orleans.
The Clippers (21-13) have won five in a row, overall.
The Clippers out-rebounded the Pelicans 47-42, with DeAndre Jordan pulling down 20. Jordan also had 11 points and three blocked shots.
J.J. Redick scored 26 points for the second consecutive night to lead the team in scoring. He made 9 of 15 from the field, 4 of 7 from 3-point range.
Chris Paul had a horrible night shooting, making just 3 of 18 from the field, and that was largely responsible for the team’s 38.9 percentage from the field. He did have 12 assists, five rebounds and two steals to go along with nine points.
The bench did its part, scoring 40 points. Jamal Crawford led that unit with 15 points and Austin Rivers scored nine on 3 of 9 shooting. Wes Johnson scored seven, but shot just 3 of 10 – 1 of 7 from beyond the arc.
Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson did not play.
Ryan Anderson led the Pelicans (10-22) with 17 points off the bench. Another reserve, Norris Cole, scored 15. Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans led the New Orleans starters with 14 points apiece. Davis also had 15 rebounds and two blocks.