Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford help Clippers to 56-44 halftime lead at Houston

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Blake Griffin has 18 points at halftime at Houston/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin scored 18 points and sixth-man Jamal Crawford had 15 in the first half for the Clippers, who lead 56-44 at Houston at intermission. The Clippers shot 51.3 percent from the field, 100 percent (11 of 11) from the free-throw line.

Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Spencer Hawes each had five points in the half.

Isaiah Canaan led Houston (12-3) with 13 first-half points, Trevor Ariza scored eight and James Harden and Tarik Black seven apiece.

The Rockets are playing without the injured Dwight Howard.

The Clippers (9-5) are 4-1 so far on this seven-game road trip.

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Guard Jamal Crawford says he wants to become a better all-around player

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Jamal Crawford is aiming to become a better defensive player/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Jamal Crawford is known as one of the best sixth-men in the NBA. He has twice won Sixth Man of the Year. But even at the age of 34, he’s trying to improve his game, so he is actively trying to get better defensively.

“I just want to be a better all-around player,” said Crawford, whose team tonight (Friday) at 5 plays at Houston (on Prime Ticket). “Early in my career, I had the mentality that I could outscore everybody. Now I just really take pride in defense. They tell us exactly where to be at so I know where to be at. If I’m not locked in, I get upset with myself. So I just want to be a better all-around player.”

The Clippers (9-5) take a 4-1 record on this road trip into the Houston game. The Rockets are 12-3.

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Jamal Crawford has 25 points to lead Clippers to 104-98 victory at Detroit

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Jamal Crawford scored 25 points Wednesday at Detroit/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and Chris Paul scored 23 and dished out seven assists to lead the Clippers to a 104-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at Detroit.

The Clippers trailed 51-48 at halftime and 73-72 after three quarters.

Blake Griffin contributed 15 points and seven rebounds, but he shot just 6 of 17 from the field.

The victory gives the Clippers (9-5) a 4-1 record on the road trip with two to go.

D.J. Augustin led Detroit (3-12) with 19 points.

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Doc Rivers just loved the 3-point shooting by his team in victory at Charlotte

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Jamal Crawford made 5 of 8 from 3-point range Monday in Charlotte. As a team, the Clippers were 15 of 32 from there/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Sometimes coaches say the most obvious things. Such was the case Monday evening after the Clippers defeated the host Charlotte Hornets 113-92.

The Clippers shot 51.1 percent overall. More importantly, they made 15 of 32 from 3-point range. That is 46.9 percent from beyond the arc, which is fantastic.

Afterward, coach Doc Rivers was asked about his team’s long-distance sharpshooting.

“It was huge,” he said. “It’s like I said, they had couple of 3s that they missed; it’s a make/miss league. When your shooters make shots, you’re a better basketball team.”

Jamal Crawford was 5 of 8 from 3-point range, J.J. Redick was 4 of 9.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 113-92 victory over Charlotte Hornets

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Blake Griffin had 22 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in Monday’s victory at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- It was good to see Blake Griffin come back with a terrific game after stinking up the joint a night earlier in Memphis when he scored just 12 points on 5 of 17 shooting and grabbed just four rebounds. Against Charlotte, he came back with 22 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and nine assists. He was nearly the ferocious player Clippers fans have come to know.

- Good shooting is contagious, and vice versa. The Clippers shot 51.1 percent (45 of 88) from the field overall, 46.9 percent (15 of 32) from 3-point range. To top it off, the Clippers were 8 of 10 from the free-throw line, an 80-percent clip.

- What do you know? The Clippers won the battle of the boards, too. They had 43 rebounds to just 33 for Charlotte. Even with that, the Clippers ranked 29th in the league in  rebounding at 37.4 per game. Only Miami (36.4) is worse.

- We don’t want to take anything away from this victory. But just to be real, the Hornets (4-11) have now lost six consecutive games, so a victory over them was expected as much as anything. The same can be said for Wednesday’s game at Detroit (3-10). Of the three games the Clippers have won on this trip – Orlando, Miami and Charlotte – chances are only Miami (8-6) will make the playoffs. The one loss so far on the seven-game trip was to Western Conference-leading Memphis (12-2).

- Jamal Crawford continues to be that ultimate weapon off the bench. The two-time Sixth Man of the Year scored 21 points. He made 8 of 13 from the field, 5 of 8 from 3-point range as he moved into 10th-place all-time in made 3-pointers with 1,723. Crawford is averaging 17.6 points, third on the team behind Griffin (22.2) and Chris Paul (18.6).

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Jamal Crawford impressed with Blake Griffin’s play Monday in Charlotte

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Blake Griffin playing hard in the paint Monday at Charlotte/Photo by Associated Press

 

When Blake Griffin took the floor Monday to help his team take on the struggling Charlotte Hornets, he was coming off a rather poor effort a day earlier in a 107-91 loss at Memphis. In that one, Griffin had just 12 points on 5 of 17 shooting and the 6-foot-10 power forward grabbed a measly four rebounds; he also had four of the team’s 10 turnovers.

Monday was a different story. Griffin scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and doled out nine assists in a 113-92 victory at Charlotte. Griffin still struggled a bit with his shot, making 10 of 23. But the back-to-back performances were night and day. Teammate Jamal Crawford noticed.

“Tonight he was forceful and dominant,” Crawford, who had 21 points of his own and moved into 10th-place on the all-time list for made 3-pointers, said post-game. “Inside his energy was that he came out on a mission, and we just followed him.”

Crawford now has 1,723 3-point baskets. He surpassed the 1,719 made by Dale Ellis, who played six-plus of his 17 NBA seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics. Crawford, a Seattle native, recalled taking in a game in which Ellis was terrific.

“I was at a game in Seattle when he hit nine 3s,” said Crawford, in his 15th season. “To me, I’m not in that level of shooting. So to hear those names, its unbelievable. Last year I passed Steve Nash.”

The Lakers’ Nash is 12th all-time with 1,685 3-point baskets.

Crawford’s career shooting percentage from 3-point range is 35.1, Ellis’ was 40.3

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Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes give their feelings on Ferguson via social media

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With the turmoil in Ferguson, Mo. resulting from the grand jury decision Monday not to prosecute a white police officer – Darren Wilson – for shooting and killing Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American, on Aug. 9, we are keeping an eye out for Clippers players tweeting out their thoughts on the matter.

Sixth-man Jamal Crawford had this tweet:

“In life we have to remember what’s really important, thoughts and prayers with Ferguson …”

Here’s another from forward Matt Barnes:

“So it’s okay to kill people……….? As long as the person being killed is of color & the person…”

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Dynamic duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin was quite impressive Monday

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Blake Griffin goes up for a shot in Monday’s victory at Charlotte/Photo by Associated Press

 

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were quite the dynamic duo in Monday’s 113-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Griffin scored 22 points with a season-high 16 rebounds and nine assists. Paul had 22 points, a season-high 15 assists and five rebounds. Paul shot 10 of 16 from the field and passed Lakers great Jerry West on the all-time assists list. Paul is now 25th with 6,241.

“We had good shooting and made open shots,” coach Doc Rivers said. “Blake and Chris set the tone for us on both ends of the court.”

The Clippers – now 3-1 on this seven-game road trip – shot 51.1 percent from the field, 46.9 (15 of 32) from 3-point range.

Next up, Wednesday at Detroit at 4:30 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

 

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Chris Paul, Blake Griffin lead Clippers to 113-92 victory at Charlotte

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Chris Paul had 22 points and 15 assists Monday at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Monday night led host Charlotte by just eight points after three quarters, but the Clippers out-scored the Hornets 35-22 in the fourth to emerge with a 113-92 victory at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Clippers (8-5) are now 3-1 on this seven-game road trip. Charlotte falls to 4-11.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 22 points apiece. Griffin also grabbed 16 rebounds and doled out nine assists and Paul had 15 assists. Jamal Crawford contributed 21 points off the bench, J.J. Redick scored 17 points, DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Hedo Turkoglu scored 10 points off the bench.

The Clippers shot 51.1 percent from the field, 46.9 percent (15 of 32) from 3-point range.

Charlotte got 17 points from Cody Zeller off the bench, Al Jefferson scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds and Kemba Walker scored 15 points.

The Hornets shot 41.3 percent from the field, but just 10 percent (2 of 20) from beyond the arc.

The Clippers next play Wednesday at Detroit at 4:30 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

 

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Clippers lead Hornets 56-53 at halftime at Time Warner Cable Arena

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J.J. Redick had nine points – all on 3-pointers – for the Clippers in the first half at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin has 12 points, Chris Paul 10 and J.J. Redick nine and the Clippers lead the Charlotte Hornets (4-10) 56-53 at halftime at Charlotte.

The Clippers (7-5) led 31-23 after one quarter, but were out-scored 30-25 by the Hornets in the second.

Griffin also has eight rebounds and six assists and Paul has nine assists.

Cody Zeller leads Charlotte with 11 points off the bench and Al Jefferson has 10.

Los Angeles shot 50 percent in the half, 47.1 (8 of 17) from 3-point range. Charlotte shot 46.3 percent, just 12.5 percent (1 of 8) from beyond the arc.

The Clippers are trying to bounce back from a 107-91 loss at Memphis on Sunday.

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