It was a big night for J.J. Redick in Clippers’ win over the Pelicans

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J.J. Redick was coming off a game Wednesday he’d like to forget. He scored just three points on 1 of 6 shooting in the Clippers’ loss to the Utah Jazz.

Fast forward to Friday. Redick scored 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting – 3 of 3 from 3-point range – in the Clippers’ 111-90 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center.

Redick was stoked.

“I started 1-for-4, but I think it was good for me to knock a couple of shots down before I got subbed out in the first quarter,” he said. “More so than anything, I just played with more energy than I did against Utah and that was the biggest thing.”

J.J. Redick’s 15 points help lead Clippers to 21-point halftime lead

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J.J. Redick scored 15 points and Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 13 apiece to lead the Clippers to a 63-42 halftime lead over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night at Staples Center.

The Clippers, who entered having lost eight of 11 since starting 4-0, shot 54.3 percent from the field.

The Pelicans (4-11) got nine points apiece from Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. New Orleans shot 36.2 percent.


Doc Rivers: Lance Stephenson needs consistency to get minutes

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Small forward Lance Stephenson started the first nine games of the season for the Clippers. He was unceremoniously yanked from the starting five and since then he’s had difficulty getting real minutes. In one game, he didn’t play at all. In another, he saw two minutes of action.

Stephenson had a fine season two years ago for the Indiana Pacers. And every time he does hit the floor for the Clippers, he brings endless energy. But it’s more than that.

“Just be consistent,” coach Doc Rivers said, when asked what Stephenson has to do to get back some of his minutes. “Defensively, offensively, just be more consistent. And his execution. He’ll get that.

“I keep saying Lance, I think, at the end of the day will come through for us.”

Stephenson is averaging 4.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 2013-14 for Indiana.

Blake Griffin scores 20 points, Clippers and Jazz tied 45-45 at half

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Blake Griffin scored 20 points in the first half Wednesday and the Clippers and Utah Jazz were tied 45-45 at the intermission.

Chris Paul contributed eight points and six assists and DeAndre Jordan had six points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

The Clippers (7-7) shot 47.5 percent, 0 percent (0 of 6) from 3-point range. They were outrebounded 28-20.

Gordon Hayward led Utah (6-7) with 16 points and six rebounds and Derrick Favors scored eight points.

The Jazz shot 42.2 percent, 42.9 (3 of 7) from beyond the arc.


Five things to take from Clippers’ 111-94 victory over Nuggets

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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.”