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

Jack Haley/Photo by Stephen Shugerman, Getty Images

 

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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Blake Griffin scores 15 points in first half as Clippers lead Hornets 59-41

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

 

Blake Griffin, in just his second game back after missing 15 with an elbow injury, on Tuesday night scored 15 points in the first half and the Clippers led the visiting Charlotte Hornets 59-41 at the break at Staples Center.

J.J. Redick scored 12 points for the Clippers (42-25) and Nate Robinson had eight off the bench.

Al Jefferson led the Hornets (29-36) with 11 points.

 

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Clippers sign guard Nate Robinson to a second 10-day contract

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Nate Robinson/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Tuesday signed guard Nate Robinson to a second 10-day contract. He appeared in five games for the Clippers during his first 10-day contract and averaged 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 14.6 minutes. However, Robinson shot just 24.1 percent overall, 27.3 from 3-point range.

Robinson had his best game with the Clippers on Sunday when he scored seven points on 3 of 5 shooting in a 100-98 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Robinson, 30, is in his 10th NBA season.

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Blake Griffin said elbow ‘kind of tight’ the day after, but ‘nothing crazy’

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

 

Blake Griffin on Sunday afternoon said he experienced a bit of soreness in his right elbow as the game wore on against the Houston Rockets, who defeated the Clippers 100-98 at Staples Center in Griffin’s first game back after he missed 15 with a staph infection in his right elbow.

Griffin on Monday at practice talked about what his elbow felt like the day after.

“Anything pushing down is kind of painful,” he said. “I guess once the strength comes back in my triceps, it will take more pressure off my elbow. It’s just kind of tight. Nothing crazy.”

Griffin said his triceps is only about 60 percent as a result of his down time, and that shooting a 10-foot shot feels more like he’s shooting from 15 feet.

“It’s just strength,” Griffin said. “… Hopefully, that comes back quickly. I don’t know how quickly.”

Griffin scored 11 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block Sunday. He had five turnovers.

The Clippers (42-25) host to the Charlotte Hornets (29-35) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center.

 

 

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VIDEO: Check out the put-back of the year by Clippers’ Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis

Glen “Big Baby” Davis works as hard as anyone on the basketball court. Here is what his never-say-die attitude can bring. Just call it the put-back of the NBA season in the Clippers’ 100-98 loss Sunday to the Houston Rockets. Note his response as he runs back down court:

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