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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Clippers lead Hornets 31-23 after one quarter; Matt Barnes out with calf injury

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Blake Griffin had 10 points in the first quarter at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers (7-5) are looking good at Charlotte, leading the Hornets 31-23 after one quarter Monday.

Blake Griffin is leading the way for Los Angeles with 10 points. Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford have scored six points apiece.

The Clippers shot 52 percent in the quarter.

Charlotte (4-10) got six points from Al Jefferson.

The Clippers are playing without small forward Matt Barnes, out with a calf injury. Reggie Bullock started in his place.

 

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Chris Paul continues to prove he belongs among game’s elite players

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Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

No one can blame Chris Paul for his team’s 107-91 loss at Memphis on Sunday. He scored 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting, doled out five assists and made four steals. It was Paul’s 45th career game with at least 20 points, 50 percent shooting, five assists and four steals.

Paul ranks first in such games among active players and fifth all-time behind Michael Jordan (83), John Stockton (65), Alvin Robertson (50) and Clyde Drexler (48).

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Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins is Western Conference Player of Week

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DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento has been named Western Conference Player of the Week/Photo courtesy of Sacramento Kings, NBA.com

 

Clippers coach Doc Rivers has said it over and over again – the Western Conference is filled with an incredible amount of talent.

The Sacramento Kings are a good example. They have not made the playoffs since the 2005-06 season, yet they are now a force with which to be reckoned. And their best player, DeMarcus Cousins, on Monday was named Western Conference Player of the Week.

Cousins, a 6-foot-11, 270-pound post, averaged 25.7 points and 16.3 rebounds in leading the Kings to a 2-1 record in games played between Nov. 17 and Nov. 23. Cousins shot 57.7 percent from the field in the three games and also had five blocks. On Saturday, he had his sixth consecutive double-double with 31 points and 18 rebounds in a 113-101 victory over Minnesota.

Sacramento, which went just 28-54 each of the past two seasons, is currently 8-5 and sits in eighth place in the conference standings. The Clippers, at 7-5, are a half-game behind and tied for ninth with New Orleans.

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Doc Rivers says his bigs were not entirely to blame for loss at Memphis

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Zach Randolph of Memphis goes up for a shot during the Grizzlies’ 107-91 victory Sunday over the Clippers/Photo by Associated Press

 

Do the math. Memphis got 30 points and 12 rebounds from post Marc Gasol and 10 points and eight rebounds from power forward Zach Randolph in the Grizzlies’ 107-91 victory over the Clippers on Sunday in Memphis. That’s a combined 40 points and 20 rebounds; Gasol shot 13 of 18, Randolph 5 of 11.

The Clippers got 12 points and just four rebounds from power forward Blake Griffin; he shot just 5 of 17. They got a meager two points and three rebounds from post DeAndre Jordan, who took just two shots and made one. That’s a combined 14 points and seven rebounds.

Suffice to say, the Clippers were thrashed in the battle of the bigs. But coach Doc Rivers wouldn’t put it all on Griffin and Jordan.

“I don’t think it was their entire fault,” Rivers said afterward. “We had great looks that we didn’t make. I thought our guards had trouble in the paint. I thought our bigs had to help a lot tonight. When they have to help  that much, it is not good. I felt bad. It looked like the bigs had a breakdown, but it was really a team breakdown. I thought we got great looks and missed them. We never bounced back.

“Blake Griffin is fine. He has played great the last few games. I think Marc Gasol played great and our team was off. Maybe they took us out of it.”

The Grizzlies at 12-2 have the NBA’s best record.

“I told the guys at the beginning of the year, when you look at the Grizzlies’ record when they are healthy, they are a great team,” Rivers said.

Memphis is 8-0 at home, which is FedExForum.

 

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Chris Paul doles out high praise to Memphis Grizzlies’ post Marc Gasol

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Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies was the biggest reason why the Clippers lost to Memphis on Sunday/Photo courtesy of Memphis Grizzlies, NBA.com

 

To say Chris Paul was impressed with Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday would be putting it mildly. Gasol, a 7-foot-1, 265-pound post, scored 30 points on 13 of 18 shooting. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked two shots in Memphis’ 107-91 victory over the Clippers.

“I know he (Gasol) is a great, great man along with Zac Randolph, and clearly they know how to play the game,” Paul said. “You can’t let talented players like that get going. And if you do, it’s going to be a long night.”

Randolph, the Grizzlies’ 6-9, 260-pound power forward, had 10 points and eight rebounds in the game.

On the season, Gasol is averaging 19.9 points and 8.1 rebounds. Randolph is averaging 16.1 points and 11.8 rebounds. Memphis at 12-2 has the NBA’s best record.

The Clippers, now 7-5, play today (Monday) at 4 at Charlotte (4-10) (on Prime Ticket).

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 107-91 loss Sunday at Memphis

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Blake Griffin had just four rebounds in Sunday’s loss at Memphis/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- Blake Griffin pulled down just four rebounds in 33 minutes. For a 6-foot-10, 250-pound power forward with a career rebounding average 10.0, that is not good. Griffin is averaging just 6.8 rebounds through 12 games this season. That is easily the lowest output of his career. He averaged 9.5 a season ago, 8.3 in 2012-13, 10.9 in 2011-12 and 12.1 in his rookie season in 2010-11.

- The Clippers were out-rebounded by a whopping 52-32. Aside from Griffin’s poor output on the boards, post DeAndre Jordan pulled down just three measly rebounds in 20 minutes, and he went into the game leading the league at 12.2 per game; he’s now fifth at 11.4. Jordan had four fouls. Still, the Clippers (7-5) will have a hard time beating good teams when they are out-rebounded by 20. Spencer Hawes had 10 rebounds off the bench. Other than that, Chris Paul – a 6-foot guard – was next with five.

- The loss notwithstanding, the aforementioned Paul did his part. Besides the five rebounds, Paul scored a team-high 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He made all seven of his free throws, doled out five assists and made four steals with just two turnovers in 34 minutes.

- The Clippers had won the first two games of the road trip – over Orlando and Miami – and looked good doing it. But after getting 31 assists in a 110-93 victory at Miami on Thursday, the Clippers managed only 14 against the high-flying Grizzlies (12-2). Paul’s team-leading five were well under his 9.5 average.

- The Clippers were out-played in many areas. But the biggest item of note is that they were simply dominated by Memphis big-man Marc Gasol, who owned the Clippers by scoring 30 points on 13 of 18 shooting. He also pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked two shots. For the Clippers, Jordan had two points and those three rebounds. And no blocks.

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Clippers can’t bring same effort against Memphis, team with NBA’s top record

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Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Even though the Clippers had won the first two games of this road trip, those victories came against a mediocre Orlando team and a Miami team that not only no longer has LeBron James, but was missing guard Dwyane Wade to injury.

Since Memphis has been so good at the outset of this season, you had to know the Clippers would be in much deeper waters when they took on the Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon at FedExForum in Memphis. Surely, they were as Memphis rolled to a 107-91 victory behind the fine effort of post Marc Gasol. He scored 30 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked two shots.

Memphis out-rebounded the Clippers 52-32.

Jamal Crawford scored 19 points for the Clippers (7-5). He explained.

“The first two games, we didn’t take the ball out of the net as much. I think our defense was a little bit better,” Crawford said. “But tonight we didn’t move the ball as well. We didn’t really push the pace, and we’ve got to do better.”

The Grizzlies shot 49.1 percent from the field. In victories over Orlando (114-90) on Wednesday and Miami (110-93) on Thursday, the Clippers held the Magic and Heat to respective shooting percentages of 39.5 and 44.8.

Of course, it’s always tougher to play solid defense against the team with the best record in the NBA, and Memphis is that at 12-2. The Grizzlies top the Western Conference standings with a one-game lead over Golden State (10-2). The Clippers are tied for ninth with New Orleans.

 

 

 

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