– Josh Smith was the player identified as having a shouting match with an assistant coach following Sunday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors. Smith showed what he’s made of by coming through with eight points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 18 minutes off the bench.
– One of the first thing that stands out for the Clippers in this victory was their 3-point shooting. They shot 40 percent (8 of 20) from beyond the arc. Even with that, they are shooting just 31.8 percent from 3-point range, which is tied for 22nd in the league with Memphis.
– Wesley Johnson had his first start of the season at small forward and came through with a solid effort. He scored 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting – 3 of 4 from 3-point range – in 25 minutes. It will be interesting to see if he starts again Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.
– It may be early in the season, but when a team that is supposed to be elite has lost three consecutive games and 7 of 9 after starting 4-0, that makes this victory a big one. That it came against a team now 6-9 almost doesn’t matter. If the Clippers – now 7-7 – had lost, it could have had a damaging effect moving forward. These guys are pros, but they’re also human and the pressure would have mounted with another setback.
– It was Doc Rivers who said after the loss to Toronto that his team had been losing its will early. After this one, he gave his team credit for a better effort: “I don’t think we played a perfect game, but we played harder.”
DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers on Tuesday night snapped their three-game losing streak with a 111-94 victory at Denver.
All five Clippers starters scored in double figures with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan leading the way with 18 points apiece. Jordan added 11 rebounds, four blocks and three assists and Griffin had 10 rebounds and four assists.
J.J. Redick scored 16, Chris Paul 15 and Wesley Johnson 11. It was Johnson’s first start of the season. Paul also had 10 assists and three steals.
Jamal Crawford scored 15 off the bench and Josh Smith scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds, doled out two assists, blocked a shot and made a steal in 18 minutes.
The Clippers (7-7), who have struggled from 3-point range this season, shot 40 percent (8 of 20).
Danilo Gallinari led Denver (6-9) with 20 points and 18 rebounds, Nikola Jokic scored 16 and Gary Harris had 14 points.
The Clippers helped hold the Nuggets to 39.7 percent shooting.
The Clippers, once again, were outrebounded – this time 48-43.