Clippers snap 3-game losing streak with 111-94 win at Denver

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


The Clippers on Tuesday night snapped their three-game losing streak with a 111-94 victory at Denver.

All five Clippers starters scored in double figures with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan leading the way with 18 points apiece. Jordan added 11 rebounds, four blocks and three assists and Griffin had 10 rebounds and four assists.

J.J. Redick scored 16, Chris Paul 15 and Wesley Johnson 11. It was Johnson’s first start of the season. Paul also had 10 assists and three steals.

Jamal Crawford scored 15 off the bench and Josh Smith scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds, doled out two assists, blocked a shot and made a steal in 18 minutes.

The Clippers (7-7), who have struggled from 3-point range this season, shot 40 percent (8 of 20).

Danilo Gallinari led Denver (6-9) with 20 points and 18 rebounds, Nikola Jokic scored 16 and Gary Harris had 14 points.

The Clippers helped hold the Nuggets to 39.7 percent shooting.

The Clippers, once again, were outrebounded – this time 48-43.

The Clippers had only seven turnovers.

J.J. Redick scores 12, Clippers lead 51-45 at halftime at Denver

J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


J.J. Redick scored 12 points in the first half and the Clippers took a 51-45 lead into the halftime break at Denver.

Chris Paul contributed 10 points and five assists for the Clippers, Blake Griffin had seven points and five rebounds and Josh Smith scored eight points and pulled down five rebounds off the bench.

Wesley Johnson started at small forward and scored six points.

Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Blake Griffin, on his team’s struggles, ‘It’s on all of us’

Blake Griffin

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Blake Griffin was honest – he isn’t exactly sure what the problem is with his team after 13 games. The Clippers started 4-0 and have lost 7 of 9, including their past three, and are now 6-7 ahead of Tuesday’s game at Denver.

Among those losses was Sunday’s 91-80 setback to the Toronto Raptors. It was a game in which the Clippers trailed by 29 points at halftime on their home court.

“I think it’s one of those things where if you pinpoint it, then you know exactly what it is, then you resolve,” Griffin said afterward. “I think we need to find that, whether it is playing harder, whether it is having a sense of urgency, whatever the case may be.”

It’s collective, he said.

“It’s not just one person,” Griffin said. “Doc (Rivers) keeps saying it’s on him. It’s on all of us. It’s on our leaders – myself, CP (Chris Paul), DJ (DeAndre Jordan). We  need to do a better job. I need to do a better job.”

Griffin is the only one of four returning starters whose numbers are equal to or better than they were a season ago.


Five things to take from Clippers’ 91-80 loss to Toronto Raptors

Doc Rivers is bugged about a call made during Sunday’s 91-80 loss to Toronto at Staples Center/Staff photo by Steve McCrank


– As good as Blake Griffin has been, he was bound to have a poor game and it came in this one. Early foul trouble limited him to just under 30 minutes and he took just 10 shots, making four and finishing with nine points. He grabbed six rebounds and doled out four assists, but also had six turnovers. Definitely, it was not his night. Griffin is averaging 24.8 points.

– Speaking of turnovers, the Clippers had 19 of them. That’s way too many. Chris Paul had three as the starters had 14 of the 19. The Raptors had 14 total.

– One interesting statistic came in the shooting percentages. The Clippers shot 39.2 percent, the Raptors just 37.2. The game was won at the free-throw line, where Toronto made an incredible 29 of 31 (93.5 percent) with the Clippers making 14 of 20 (75 percent).

DeAndre Jordan had a nice game, with 13 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. But he was the only starter who played up to par. Paul and J.J. Redick scored 13 and 17 points, respectively, but both shot just 5 of 13.

– It didn’t help that Jamal Crawford played 29 minutes off the bench, yet made just 1 of 9 from the field – he was 0 of 6 from 3-point range. Crawford is not shooting just 28.3 percent from beyond the arc. He has a career percentage of 34.9.

BONUS TAKE – It was Josh Smith who was involved in a shouting match with an unspecified assistant coach in the locker room after the game. Perhaps anger is what this team needs to start playing well.

Clippers again fall apart down the stretch, fall 102-91 at Portland

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points in Friday’s loss at Portland/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


Perhaps still hurting from Thursday’s  collapse against the Golden State Warriors, the Clippers on Friday again fell apart down the stretch, this time at Portland.

Down by just a point with 4:13 to play, the Trail Blazers outscored the Clippers 16-6 to emerge with a 102-91 victory at Portland.

The Clippers are now 6-6 after starting 4-0.

The Trail Blazers led 86-85 after a basket by the Clippers’ Blake Griffin. Portland embarked on a 14-2 run for a 100-87 lead with 1:46 to go.

The Clippers had turnovers by J.J. Redick and Griffin during that stretch. It was Redick’s first game after missing the previous three with back spasms. Redick scored seven points on 3 of 12 shooting.

Paul Pierce was rested and did not play. That gave the start to Lance Stephenson, who rode the pine against Golden State and the game before that played less than two minutes against the Detroit Pistons. Stephenson scored two points in 18 minutes.

Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points and Jamal Crawford scored 20 off the bench. DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Chris Paul had 11 points on 4 of 12 shooting, and eight assists.

Also off the bench, Josh Smith had eight rebounds and two blocks and Austin Rivers scored 10.

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 27 points, 11 in the fourth quarter – nine of those on 3-pointers.

Portland (5-9) entered having lost seven consecutive games.


Blake Griffin: Warriors showed they are the more together team

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


The Clippers must have been wondering why there were so many cheers for the Golden State Warriors when they were overtaking the Clippers and defeating them 124-117 on Thursday night at Staples Center.

After all, the Clippers were the home team. Well, Warriors fans have shown in the past they travel well. And, who knows? Perhaps some of the Clippers fans couldn’t help but appreciate what they were seeing – a team that stays united down the stretch.

“They made a statement of just being more together,” Blake Griffin said of the Warriors. “All we can do now is watch the film, correct some mistakes, move on and win a game tomorrow night.

“They were more together down the stretch, in the same sense of how we were early on. But in the end, they trusted their game plan, saw it all the way through and executed.”

The Clippers led by 23 points twice in the second quarter and by 10 points with 5:54 to play before being outscored 25-8 at the finish.

Griffin scored 27 points, only nine in the second half.

The Clippers (6-5) play Friday night at Portland (4-9).