Chris Paul scored 26 points and had 12 assists on Thursday in Miami/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers on Thursday night put on their best performance of the season by defeating the host Miami Heat 110-93 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Los Angeles shot 55.8 percent from the field, 41.9 percent (13 of 31) from 3-point range. Miami shot 44.8 percent, just 23.1 percent (6 of 26) from beyond the arc.
The Clippers (7-4), who led 39-15 after one quarter, also out-rebounded the Heat (6-6) by a 35-30 count. Los Angeles had 31 assists, Miami just 11.
The Heat were missing guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring), but it’s unlikely his presence would have made much difference, the way the Clippers played.
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 26 points apiece to lead the Clippers, J.J. Redick scored 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Miami’s Chris Bosh led everyone with 28 points.
The Clippers are now 2-0 on this seven-game road trip. Up next are the Memphis Grizzlies (10-2) on Sunday at 3 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).
Blake Griffin scored 10 points in the first half at Miami/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Don’t look now, but the Clippers seem to be finding their groove, if the first half at Miami on Thursday is any indication.
The Clippers led the Heat 39-15 after the first quarter and now lead 58-40 at halftime. Sure, Miami is without Dwyane Wade (hamstring), but even if he were playing it likely would not have mattered because the Clippers played that well.
Los Angeles (6-4) shot 59.5 percent in the half, 43.8 (7 of 16) from 3-point range. Chris Paul had 12 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan scored 10 points apiece, Matt Barnes had nine points and J.J. Redick eight.
Chris Bosh of Miami (6-5) led everyone with 18 points.
Blake Griffin scored 20 points in Wednesday’s 114-90 victory at Orlando/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Coach Doc Rivers talked about the solid ball movement of his team after its 114-90 victory at Orlando on Wednesday. Blake Griffin, who scored 20 points, gave a more colorful description.
“The ball was hopping,” said Griffin, whose team plays at Miami tonight (Thursday) at 5 (on Prime Ticket, TNT). “We didn’t really have many possessions where it stuck. That is the key for us. When we move that ball, it is tough to stop us.”
The victory was the beginning of a seven-game road trip, one in which the Clippers (6-4) are hopeful they can bond after playing eight of their first nine games at Staples Center.
“We get to spend some time together,” Griffin said. “You know, on the road it kind of brings you together and you are forced to come together. You are all that you have in the arena. We are looking forward to capitalizing on it.”
Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 22 points in Wednesday’s 114-90 victory at Orlando/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Sure, Wednesday’s 114-90 victory at Orlando came against a team whose five victories had come against really lousy teams – except for Milwaukee – but that doesn’t mean coach Doc Rivers didn’t want to boast about about two things – his bench play, and ball movement.
“Yes, it was a great win,” said Rivers, whose 6-4 Clippers play tonight (Thursday) at Miami at 5 (on Prime Ticket, TNT). “Our bench out-scored our starters, which is a first. I thought in the first half they were great. Our starters got a long rest. And then in the second half, they came in and did the same thing.
“So when you play like that, like a whole team, it’s good. I think this is the best we’ve moved the ball this entire year. It’s hard to guard people when you move the ball that way.”
The starters scored 54 points, the bench 60. Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 22 points off the bench, Jordan Farmar had 13 and Spencer Hawes 10. Blake Griffin led the starters with 20 points.
The Clippers had 24 assists, Chris Paul getting nine. The Clippers had only 20 assists in their 105-89 loss to Chicago on Monday night at Staples Center.
Griffin is leading the Clippers in scoring through 10 games with a 22.8 average. Crawford is next at 18.4.
Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, Hedo Turkoglu (8), Jamal Crawford (11) and Blake Griffin (32) walk back to their bench in the closing minutes of a 118-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
After the Clippers’ emotional 105-104 Game 5 collapse to the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road, where Los Angeles squandered a 13-point lead in the final four minutes of play, point-gaurd Chris Paul took the blame.
Paul’s stretch of play in the waning moments would make no highlight reel. Paul turned the ball over with 17.8 seconds left that led to the controversial out-of-bounds call involving Reggie Jackson and the Clippers’ Matt Barnes call with 11.6 seconds left.
After the review kept the ball with the Thunder, Paul fouled Russell Westbrook on the elbow as he attempted a three-point shot with 6.4 ticks left. Westbrook sunk all three for the 105-104 lead.
Blake Griffin played only 19 minutes and 14 seconds in the Clippers’ 109-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Saturday’s opener of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Staples Center.
Griffin scored 16 points and grabbed three rebounds – well below his season averages – and his defense in the paint was missed, to be sure. That has to change, guard J.J. Redick said.
“I mean, he’s one of the best players in the NBA, so that was huge for us to not have him over half the game, really,” said Redick, who had a fine game with 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting. “We need him to stay on the court, we need him to play 40 minutes and be involved. He’s made such progress on both sides of the basketball, he’s such an important piece of what we do.”
From NBA Clutch Time, here’s more than 11 minutes of Blake Griffin highlights from the regular season. Enjoy.
In one season, Doc Rivers has helped transformed the Clippers into one of the best teams in the NBA. (John McCoy/Staff Photographer)
With the Clippers in the playoffs, the players — among others — are lauding Doc Rivers.
“He just makes you want to run through a brick wall for him. That’s what he puts in everybody. And it’s not just because the way he talks, it’s how he looks at you in the eyes so you know that it’s something that he really believes in.”
“He’s, to me, probably one of the most competitive persons in the league.”
“Every time he speaks during practice, for me it’s a learning experience…”
Read the full story here: “Doc Rivers gets universal praise for Clippers leadership“
The technical foul issued Blake Griffin during the second quarter of Tuesday’s victory over the visiting Denver Nuggets has been upheld by Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations for the NBA, according to NBA.com.
It was Griffin’s 16th technical of the season, meaning he must serve a one-game suspension without pay when the team visits Portland in Wednesday’s regular-season finale.
The technical occurred when Griffin was guarding Denver’s Timofey Mozgov. Mozgov was driving to the basket and as he was about to shoot Griffin raked the ball out of his hands, Griffin’s hand scraping the face of Mozgov with the follow-through.
Other than the cash, the suspension is moot because Griffin wasn’t going to play Wednesday anyway. Coach Doc Rivers told reporters in Tuesday’s post-game news conference he had already decided to hold Griffin and J.J. Redick back from the trip.
- It was of course great to see Jamal Crawford back out there. Even better was that he hit two clutch 3-point baskets to help his team pull away for the 117-101 victory over a poor yet stubborn Kings team on Saturday.
- Yes, it was the franchise-tying 56th victory of the season for the Clippers. That’s all good, but that won’t mean much of the Clippers don’t advance past the first round of the playoffs.
- Unless something weird happens, DeAndre Jordan is about a lock to finish as the NBA’s regular-season leader in field goal percentage and rebounding. He is currently averaging 13.7 rebounds, ahead of second-place Andre Drummond of Detroit (13.2). With his 9-for-13 performance against the Kings, he’s now shooting 67.5 percent from the field; Drummond is second at 62.5. Only two other players have ever led the league in both categories – Wilt Chamberlain (8 times) and Dwight Howard.
- That said, Jordan needs to improve his free-throw shooting. That’s not news. But he was just 3 of 11 against the Kings, dropping his season average to 43.4 percent. It’s true that he was even worse last season – 38.6 percent – but still, he’s gotta get better there. He’s shooting 42.7 percent in his six years in the league.
- We say this a lot, but man oh man, you have got to love the way Blake Griffin plays. The man is a beast, but he’s also become a great passer. He had nine assists against the Kings, and some of them were beautiful things to see.