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.
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.
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.