J.J. Redick breaks Jamal Crawford’s franchise record for made 3-pointers

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J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

J.J. Redick scored 26 points Friday in the Clippers’ 113-99 victory over the Washington Wizards at Staples Center. He made 4 of 7 from 3-point range and now holds the Clippers’ single-season record for made 3-pointers with 164. He broke the record of teammate Jamal Crawford, who made 161 in 2013-14.

“I knew I was getting close,” Redick said. “I didn’t know I was that close, that I was one away (before Friday). Jamal had mentioned something to me two or three weeks ago, when I was at 130-something. It’s cool to break Jamal’s record – a good friend and a guy I love playing with. Hopefully, I will have many more seasons with the Clippers and challenge this record.”

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Matt Barnes could return to the lineup Friday against Washington Wizards

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Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Matt Barnes on Friday morning told reporters that there is a good chance he will play later in the evening when the Clippers host the Washington Wizards at Staples Center.

Barnes, the Clippers’ starting small forward, has missed the past two games with a sore hamstring and has missed four games since March 2 because of the injury.

Barnes was shooting and running at the morning shootaround.

“It’ll be a game-time decision; it looks good,” Barnes said.

 

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Kings coach George Karl bemoans being beaten so badly by Clippers from 3-point line Wednesday in Sacramento

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J.J. Redick had seven of the Clippers’ 17 3-point baskets in Wednesday’s victory at Sacramento/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl perhaps said it best late Wednesday night when he assessed his team’s 116-105 loss at the hands of the visiting Clippers at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

In talking about the disparity in points made from 3-point range, Karl said, “There’s no question, when you lose by 42 points at the 3-point line, well, it’s tough to make those up.”

Indeed, the Clippers made 17 of 37 from the 3-point line (45.9 percent). That’s 51 points from beyond the arc. The Kings made just 3 of 17 (17.6 percent) from 3-point range for nine points.

 

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 116-105 victory over Sacramento Kings

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Chris Paul led the Clippers with 30 points in Wednesday’s 116-105 victory at Sacramento/:Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- The Clippers received very little from their bench in this victory. Austin Rivers, Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Spencer Hawes all shot 1 of 4 from the field, meaning they were a combined 3 of 12. Nate Robinson was 2 of 3 for four points, but he played only 9 1/2 minutes. Well, when four of your starters each score at least 19 points – Blake Griffin and Hedo Turkoglu had 19 apiece, J.J. Redick scored 27 and Chris Paul 30 – the bench doesn’t need to score much.

- Speaking of Turkoglu, his 19 points were a season-high. He shot very well, making 7 of 12 shots overall, 5 of 10 from 3-point range. He made his second consecutive start in place of Matt Barnes (hamstring). He also played solid defense on Kings forward Rudy Gay, who made just 6 of 19 from the field to get his 23 points. “Tonight he looked like the defender that he was before,” Kings coach George Karl said. “When he was in his prime, his defense was pretty first class. I thought that he did a nice job on Rudy Gay tonight.”

- There is one thing that seems to have gone unnoticed regarding the return of Griffin. Remember how he had taken his game to the outside more than ever this season, thus resulting in his rebounding numbers being down? Well, he had 10 rebounds in this one, meaning he has had 11, 11 and 10 in his three games back. He’s averaging a career-low 7.7 for the season.

- What can we say about Redick? He had himself another fine outing with his 27 points. He shot 9 of 16, 7 of 12 from beyond the arc. Redick is now averaging 15.6 points while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 42.4 percent (160 of 377) from 3-point range. All of those numbers represent career-highs. Redick is averaging 20.7 points in 10 games this month.

- So, had a few tweets and whatnot about why it was so difficult for the Clippers to put away a lowly team like the Kings, who are now just 22-45. The Clippers led just 87-86 with 8:07 to play. Yes, the Clippers were again without Barnes and Jamal Crawford (calf). But the Kings
were without All-Star post DeMarcus Cousins (calf) and have been without guard Darren Collison (hip) since early February. That said, keep in mind that the Clippers all season have had trouble maintaining focus throughout a given game. That’s still happening. Yet, they are 44-25 and tied for fifth-place in the Western Conference standings. The point being, if the Clippers can figure out their in-game lapses – and we realize that is “if” – they could be tough to deal with in the post-season.

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Chris Paul’s 30 points help Clippers put away lowly Kings 116-105 at Sleep Train

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Chris Paul scored 30 points in the Clippers’ victory Wednesday night at Sacramento/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Once again minus Jamal Crawford (calf) and Matt Barnes (hamstring), it took the Clippers some time to put the lowly Sacramento Kings away. But Chris Paul’s 3-pointer with 3:44 to play was the dagger in their 116-105 victory Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

Paul’s basket gave him 30 points on the night, and it gave the Clippers a 13-point lead at 106-93. The Clippers – 44-25 – remained tied with Dallas for fifth-place in the Western Conference standings.

J.J. Redick contributed 27 points for the Clippers, Blake Griffin had 19 points in his third game back. He also had 10 rebounds and five assists. Hedo Turkoglu, starting for Barnes, came through with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting – 5 of 10 from 3-point range. DeAndre Jordan scored just six points, but he grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked four shots.

The Clippers shot 51.1 percent from the field, 45.9 (17 of 37) from 3-point range.

The Kings (22-45) got 23 points from Rudy Gay and 16 off the bench from Andre Miller. They were without center DeMarcus Cousins (calf) and guard Darren Collison, who has not played since early February because of a hip injury.

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Chris Paul’s jumper gives Clippers a 2-point lead at halftime at Sacramento

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J.J. Redick scored 17 points in the first half Wednesday night at Sacramento/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Chris Paul’s jumper with 1.4 seconds to play in the first half Wednesday gave the Clippers a 51-49 lead at halftime at Sacramento.

J.J. Redick led the Clippers (43-25) with 17 points in the half; he made 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Paul and Blake Griffin scored 10 points apiece and Hedo Turkoglu – starting for Matt Barnes (hamstring) for the second consecutive night – had five points. DeAndre Jordan did not score, but he grabbed nine rebounds.

Jamal Crawford (calf) is missing his eighth consecutive game.

The Kings (22-44), who are without All-Star post DeMarcus Cousins, got 11 points from Rudy Gay and seven from Ryan Hollins.

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Doc Rivers recalls former teammate Jack Haley, who died Monday at 51

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Jack Haley, a former UCLA center who went on to play in nine seasons in the NBA, died Monday at age 51 of heart disease. Haley was a member of the San Antonio Spurs during the 1994-95 season, as were Clippers coach Doc Rivers and the eccentric Dennis Rodman.

Rivers on Tuesday night fondly recalled the relationship between Haley and Rodman.

“He was crazy,” Rivers said of Haley. “Him and Dennis Rodman were very, very tight and to say they kept things loose in our locker room and off the floor, would be an understatement. He also was a very good instigator in games.

“That was something that Red Auerbach always, until his dying days, told me, ‘Add instigators if you can. Even if they don’t play a lot, they can help you in some way,’ and Jack did that very well.”

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Blake Griffin’s second game back was better than the first, which wasn’t bad

Clippers#32 Blake Griffin goes up over Hornets#25 Al Jefferson for a dunk near the end of the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Charlotte Hornets in a regular season NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. March 17, 2015.  (Photos by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)

Blake Griffin goes up for a tomahawk dunk during the Clippers’ 99-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday at Staples Center/Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News

 

Blake Griffin did just fine in Tuesday night’s 99-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at Staples Center. He scored 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds with four assists, three steals and two turnovers. It was his second game back after missing 15 consecutive with a staph infection in his right elbow.

Two days earlier, Griffin scored 11 points on 4 of 10 from the field in a 100-98 loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday. He also had 11 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and five turnovers.

Griffin threw up a shot in the second half Tuesday and missed it. He bent at the knees as if in pain, but after the game he did not indicate there was any kind of regression of the healing of his elbow.

“I felt a little bit better,” he said. “Pretty much our whole practice (Monday) was just straight rhythm practice for me. I was just doing offense the entire practice, so that helped, too. I was kind of getting the ball in the post and trying to make plays. So, hopefully, it’ll come back. Like I said, I felt better today than yesterday, but I still have a ways to go.”

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 99-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets

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Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- The Clippers were missing Jamal Crawford (calf) and Matt Barnes (hamstring) as well as Jordan Hamilton, who was not re-signed after his second 10-day contract expired because he currently can’t play because of a high ankle sprain. But is that why they nearly blew a 22-point lead? They led 63-41 two minutes into the third quarter, only to see the Hornets come within a point early in the fourth. No, that’s not it. Bottom line is, it was still too early in the game to say the Clippers may have been tired because they were thin. They just stopped playing well, plain and simple, and they admitted that. It’s something we have seen many times this season, and it’s something that is going to bite them in the post-season if they don’t knock it off. By the way, Charlotte (29-37) was coming off a 28-point loss (94-66) a night earlier at Utah. The Hornets should have been the tired ones.

- Blake Griffin was more aggressive offensively in his second game back after missing 15 with a staph infection in his right elbow. He scored 19 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Griffin scored 15 of his points in the first half, shooting 7 of 9. He finished 8 of 12 from the field, taking only three shots in the second half. There was a point in the second half where Griffin threw up a shot and missed, then bent at the knees as if in pain.

- J.J. Redick continued his fine play. He scored 23 points on 10 of 17 shooting, though he did miss all four of his 3-point attempts. Still, he is now averaging 20.0 points in nine games this month. He’s averaging 15.4 on the season. He’s shooting a career-high 46.4 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from 3-point range – also a career best.

- Nate Robinson celebrated the signing of his second 10-day contract with his best game since joining the Clippers. He scored 12 points off the bench on 4 of 10 shooting, 2 of 5 from 3-point range. He entered the game shooting just 24.1 percent in five previous games with the team.

- Charlotte turned to the old hack-a-DJ with 4:20 left in the game. Over the next minute and a half, DeAndre Jordan was fouled on purpose three times. He made three of those six free throws and finished 6 of 12 (50 percent) for the night. That might not seem like much, but when considering Jordan shoots only 40.4 percent from the free-throw for the season, it’s not bad. Also, consider that when the Hornets began their intentional fouling, they were down by four points. When they finished, they were still down by four, so their ploy went for naught.

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Clippers got the defense they needed down the stretch to hold off Hornets

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J.J. Redick scored a game-high 23 points for the Clippers in their 99-92 victory over Charlotte on Tuesday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

It’s true that the Clippers did not look good in letting most of a 22-point lead slip away against the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night at Staples Center; the Hornets pulled to as close as a point early in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 99-92 victory.

But when the Clippers (43-25) needed to buckle down on defense, they did as Charlotte scored just two points in the final 3 1/2 minutes after pulling within 93-90 on a 19-footer by Mo Williams.

“I think down the stretch we had great communication on defense,” said J.J. Redick, who led the team with 23 points. “We stuck to our principles, we were in the right rotations, the guys took the individual challenge. D.J. (DeAndre Jordan) down the stretch on Al (Jefferson) was great. We got it done.”

Jefferson led the Hornets (29-37) with 21 points.

 

 

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