J.J. Redick scores 27 points as Clippers win seventh straight, 119-106 at Boston

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J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

J.J. Redick scored 27 points and the Clippers on Sunday won their seventh consecutive game with a 119-106 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston. Interestingly, the Clippers held a 35-point lead (96-61) with 4:20 left in the third quarter and the Celtics were able to whittle that gigantic deficit down to 14 (111-97) with 4:16 to play in the game.

The Clippers’ starters came back in and then Boston’s Luigi Datome buried a 3-pointer to bring the Celtics within 11 points at 111-100 with 4:01 left before Matt Barnes made a huge put-back after the second of two missed free throws by DeAndre Jordan, who again fell victim to the hack-a-DJ ploy by making just 3 of 15 from the free-throw line.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin contributed 21 points apiece with Paul also doling out 10 assists and Griffin grabbing nine rebounds. Barnes had 18 points and seven rebounds and Jordan scored 15 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics (32-41) with 19 points off the bench and Tyler Zeller scored 16.

The Clippers (49-25) now return home to take on the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday at Staples Center. The Warriors have the league’s best record at 60-13.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 119-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers

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DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- Philadelphia coach Brett Brown utilized the rather disgusting hack-a-DJ in the last 1 1/2 minutes of the second quarter, during which time DeAndre Jordan made just 1 of 8 from the free-throw line on his way to making only 5 of 17. That is 29.4 percent. Jordan is making just 39.4 percent of his free throws on the season. Believe it or not, that is only the fourth worst percentage of his career. He shot 38.5 percent in 2008-09, 37.5 in 2009-10 and 38.6 in 2012-13.

- Blake Griffin took only eight shots for the second consecutive game. Sure, he played fewer minutes in those two games – 29 and 27 – because both games were routs; the other game was Wednesday at New York, where the Clippers blasted the Knicks 111-80. But that doesn’t account for the disparity between taking 21 and 19 shots in the previous two games in 37 and 36 minutes, respectively. Griffin needs to stay aggressive. He’s averaging 17 shots per game on the season.

- Getting back to Jordan, he did pull down another 20 rebounds in this one. That means he has grabbed at least 14 in 20 of his past 21 games. He’s averaging 17.6 rebounds in 14 games this month, a league-leading 14.8 on the season.

- Spencer Hawes, who has struggled mightily this season, had seven points and eight rebounds off the bench in 19 minutes. The rebounds were one more than the 7-foot-1 reserve had over the previous three games combined. That’s a good thing. Now, he needs to keep on doing it.

- Matt Barnes had another solid game in what has been his best month of the season. He scored 15 points while pulling down four rebounds and making four steals with three assists. Barnes shot 4 of 8 – 3 of 7 from 3-point range. He’s averaging 10.1 points on the season, but 12.9 in March, during which he’s shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc.

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Philadelphia coach Brett Brown praises Clippers after they rout his team 119-98

Blake Griffin battles with several 76ers for the ball in Friday night’s 119-98 Clippers victory at Philadelphia/Photo by Matt Slocum, Associated Press

 

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown came away from his team’s 119-98 loss to the Clippers on Friday at Philadelphia very impressed by the Clippers, who also routed his team 127-91 on Jan. 3 at Staples Center.

“They’re one of those teams that are rare,” Brown said. “They can post Blake (Griffin), throw lobs to DeAndre (Jordan), they can bring (J.J.) Redick off the pin-down and they have the killer in pick-and-rolls with Chris Paul.

“So tonight was a great lesson and a great experience to play against a real team that is a few weeks away from going into the playoffs.”

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Clippers clinch playoff berth with 119-98 victory over Philadelphia 76ers

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

 

Chris Paul scored 25 points, J.J. Redick scored 19 and DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 20 rebounds as the Clippers (48-25)  clinched a playoff berth with a 119-98 victory at Philadelphia on Friday night. The Clippers have won six consecutive games.

Matt Barnes contributed 15 points and Austin Rivers had 13 off the bench. Blake Griffin scored just 10 points but had eight assists and five rebounds.

Nerlens Noel led the 76ers (18-55) with 30 points and 14 rebounds.

The Clippers complete this three-game road trip Sunday at Boston.

 

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Chris Paul scores 19 points in first half as Clippers lead 62-54 at Philadelphia

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Chris Paul scored 19 points in the first half Friday at Philadelphia and the Clippers led the 76ers 62-54 at the break.

The 76ers went to the awful hack-a-DJ tactic in the final minutes and DeAndre Jordan ended up making just 3 of 12 from the free-throw line.

J.J. Redick contributed 14 points for the Clippers (47-25), Matt Barnes scored 10 and Jordan had nine points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Blake Griffin had just two points on 1 of 3 shooting.

Nerlens Noel led Philadelphia (18-54) with 18 points and nine rebounds.

 

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Blake Griffin, Chris Paul say defense was key to Wednesday’s rout at New York

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Blake Griffin says players are trusting one another more on defense/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers played splendidly on offense Wednesday when they routed the New York Knicks 111-80 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. They shot 56.4 percent from the field, 39.3 (11 of 28) from 3-point range. The only area in which they didn’t really excel was the free-throw line, where they made just 66.7 percent (12 of 18).

But the Clippers wanted to talk defense afterward. They held the Knicks to 35.4 percent shooting from the field – 21.7 (5 of 23) from beyond the arc.

I think we’re just playing a little bit more consistently,” Blake Griffin said. “Guys are trusting each other and having each others’ backs, which is imperative on the defensive end.”

Said Chris Paul, to a reporter: “I actually called everybody in the huddle and said, ‘What’s making this fun is that we’re getting stops.’ It’s not even about the dunks and the lobs – that’s all good and everything. It’s funny that you didn’t notice that we were getting stops and that was the key to getting the lead.”

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 111-80 victory over the New York Knicks

DeAndre Jordan throws down a dunk for Clippers in their rout of New York on Wednesday. Jordan had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks/Photo by Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

 

- Blake Griffin and Chris Paul said ahead of this three-game roadie that this was a “business trip.” In other words, they’re playing two lousy teams and one mediocre team, so just go out and take care of business. They did that with the Knicks in this one, bolting to a 63-33 halftime lead and never looking back. The Knicks are now 14-58. Up next are the Philadelphia 76ers (18-54) on Friday and then the Boston Celtics (31-40) on Sunday.

- It was nice to see the play of the bench in this one. Austin Rivers led the team with 21 points on 9 of 10 shooting. That was big because Rivers had scored a grand total of 14 points in his previous five games. Spencer Hawes, who has really struggled, even got into the act with seven points on 3 of 6 shooting.

- It sounds like a broken record, but J.J. Redick had yet another fine game. He scored 17 points while making 7 of 11 from the field – 2 of 4 from 3-point range in just 22 minutes; the starters played fewer minutes than usual because of the lopsided nature of the game. Redick’s season scoring average is at a career-high 15.9. He is averaging 20.8 points in 13 games this month while shooting 48.8 percent overall, 41.9 from beyond the arc.

- It was kind of a weird game for point guard Paul. In 28 minutes he scored 11 points with 16 assists and four steals. But he committed five turnovers. Paul is averaging 3.1 turnovers this month, the highest of any month this season. His best month was December, when he averaged just 1.6. He’s averaging 2.4 on the season.

- After taking 19 of 21 shots, respectively, in his past two games, Griffin took just eight shots in this one. He made three for 14 points. He also had six rebounds, three assists and a steal. He’s now averaging 18 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists in six games since his return from an elbow injury. He’s averaging 22.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.1 rebounds on the season.

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New York coach Derek Fisher praises Clippers after they rout his Knicks

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Austin Rivers scored a game-high 21 points in the Clippers’ victory Wednesday at New York/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Derek Fisher’s New York Knicks had just been thrashed 111-80 by the Clippers on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, when he doled out quite a compliment.

They are a good team,” said Fisher, in his first year at the New York helm. “They are athletic, fast and strong. You don’t understand the speed and force that these guys play with unless you are out there.”

Austin Rivers scored 21 points off the bench to lead Los Angeles (47-25); he shot 9 of 10 from the field. J.J. Redick contributed 17 points, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan had 14 apiece and Chris Paul and Matt Barnes each scored 11. Paul also had 16 assists. Jordan also blocked five shots and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Cleanthony Early led the Knicks (14-58) with 18 points off the bench.

The Clippers next play Friday at Philadelphia (18-54).

 

 

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Blake Griffin ran a lot during his absence, so his big minutes come as no surprise

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

 

Blake Griffin has averaged 35.5 minutes per game this season. Almost incredibly, he’s averaging 37.2 minutes in the five games he’s played after missing 15 consecutive games because of a staph infection in his right elbow. Griffin himself is not surprised, however.

“I was able to run for three weeks before I even played, so I did a lot of running,” said Griffin, who was out more than five weeks. “That was something I could do, so I did a lot of running, so my conditioning’s pretty good. I mean, it’s not great, but it wasn’t like a concern going into (his return).”

Griffin and the Clippers (46-25) on Wednesday begin a three-game road trip when they play at New York at 4 p.m. The Clippers then play at Philadelphia on Friday and at Boston on Sunday.

 

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Report: Blake Griffin will not be prosecuted on battery charges in Las Vegas

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

 

Prosecutors in Clark County, Nev. on Tuesday decided not to prosecute Blake Griffin on misdemeanor batter charges for allegedly slapping a man and taking his cell phone inside the Tao nightclub in Las Vegas in late October, the Associated Press reported.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson said that new information gathered on the incident indicates it would be difficult to prove Griffin’s guilt in court. The accuser was Daniel Schuman of West Hollywood.

Schuman had alleged that Griffin slapped him and took his cell phone after he took pictures of Griffin and Clippers teammates.

Griffin, 26, did not appear in court.

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