Blake Griffin scored 30 points in Friday’s victory at Houston/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Blake Griffin late Friday night was stoked about his team’s 102-85 victory over the host Houston Rockets, but Griffin indicated he wants to finish this seven-game road trip on a positive note, so it’s time to forget the Rockets and focus on the Utah Jazz.
The Clippers (10-5) and Jazz (5-11) tangle tonight (Saturday) at 6 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake (on Prime Ticket). The Clippers are 5-1 on the trip.
“Obviously, this game was important,” said Griffin, who scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Rockets. “We always say that the next (game) we are about to play is the most important on the schedule. We can’t overlook anybody. It was a good win for us, but now we have to really close this thing out.”
Blake Griffin is defended by James Harden of the Rockets on Friday in Houston/Photo courtesy of Associated Press
Doc Rivers had nothing but positive things to say following his team’s 102-85 victory at Houston on Friday night. The victory gave the Clippers a 5-1 record on the seven-game road trip, which ends tonight (Saturday) at 6 at Utah (on Prime Ticket).
“It was a good win,” Rivers said. “Obviously, it’s a long trip and we want to win one at a time. I thought our guys came out with great focus. I thought our defense was terrific. We just pulled together the entire game and we wanted them to make extra passes and try to run them off from the 3s. I thought overall we did a really good job of that.”
Rivers said his favorite part of the game was when his team did not scored 10 consecutive possessions, yet the score did not change because of his team’s defense.
“That is really great for your team when you don’t score and they can’t score,” he said. “I thought our guys did that tonight.”
Houston (12-4) was missing three starters, including post Dwight Howard. The Clippers held the Rockets to 39 percent shooting.
For the Clippers (10-5), Blake Griffin scored 30 points on 11 of 20 shooting and Jamal Crawford scored 21 points.
Blake Griffin scored 30 points in the Clippers’ win Friday at Houston/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Blake Griffin scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 21 off the bench to lead the Clippers to their fifth win in six tries on this seven-game road trip, 102-85 over the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center in Houston.
The Rockets (12-4) were without center Dwight Howard, power forward Terrence Jones and point guard Patrick Beverly, all sidelined with various minor injuries; Jones has played in only four games this season, Beverly in just seven. Howard leads the team in rebounding with an 11.3 average and also averages 18.8 points and 2.3 blocks.
The Clippers (10-5) shot 46.9 percent from the field, 36.0 percent (9 of 25) from 3-point range. J.J. Redick contributed 15 points, Chris Paul had 10 points, seven assists and five steals; DeAndre Jordan had seven points and 13 rebounds; and Spencer Hawes came through with seven points and eight rebounds.
Defensively, the Clippers excelled. They held the Rockets to 39.0 percent shooting, 27 percent (10 of 37) from beyond the arc. James Harden led Houston with 16 points, which was well below his team-leading 25.3 average heading into the game.
Blake Griffin has 18 points at halftime at Houston/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Blake Griffin scored 18 points and sixth-man Jamal Crawford had 15 in the first half for the Clippers, who lead 56-44 at Houston at intermission. The Clippers shot 51.3 percent from the field, 100 percent (11 of 11) from the free-throw line.
Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Spencer Hawes each had five points in the half.
Isaiah Canaan led Houston (12-3) with 13 first-half points, Trevor Ariza scored eight and James Harden and Tarik Black seven apiece.
The Rockets are playing without the injured Dwight Howard.
The Clippers (9-5) are 4-1 so far on this seven-game road trip.
Jamal Crawford scored 25 points Wednesday at Detroit/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and Chris Paul scored 23 and dished out seven assists to lead the Clippers to a 104-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at Detroit.
The Clippers trailed 51-48 at halftime and 73-72 after three quarters.
Blake Griffin contributed 15 points and seven rebounds, but he shot just 6 of 17 from the field.
The victory gives the Clippers (9-5) a 4-1 record on the road trip with two to go.
D.J. Augustin led Detroit (3-12) with 19 points.
Blake Griffin had 22 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in Monday’s victory at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
- It was good to see Blake Griffin come back with a terrific game after stinking up the joint a night earlier in Memphis when he scored just 12 points on 5 of 17 shooting and grabbed just four rebounds. Against Charlotte, he came back with 22 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and nine assists. He was nearly the ferocious player Clippers fans have come to know.
- Good shooting is contagious, and vice versa. The Clippers shot 51.1 percent (45 of 88) from the field overall, 46.9 percent (15 of 32) from 3-point range. To top it off, the Clippers were 8 of 10 from the free-throw line, an 80-percent clip.
- What do you know? The Clippers won the battle of the boards, too. They had 43 rebounds to just 33 for Charlotte. Even with that, the Clippers ranked 29th in the league in rebounding at 37.4 per game. Only Miami (36.4) is worse.
- We don’t want to take anything away from this victory. But just to be real, the Hornets (4-11) have now lost six consecutive games, so a victory over them was expected as much as anything. The same can be said for Wednesday’s game at Detroit (3-10). Of the three games the Clippers have won on this trip – Orlando, Miami and Charlotte – chances are only Miami (8-6) will make the playoffs. The one loss so far on the seven-game trip was to Western Conference-leading Memphis (12-2).
- Jamal Crawford continues to be that ultimate weapon off the bench. The two-time Sixth Man of the Year scored 21 points. He made 8 of 13 from the field, 5 of 8 from 3-point range as he moved into 10th-place all-time in made 3-pointers with 1,723. Crawford is averaging 17.6 points, third on the team behind Griffin (22.2) and Chris Paul (18.6).
Blake Griffin playing hard in the paint Monday at Charlotte/Photo by Associated Press
When Blake Griffin took the floor Monday to help his team take on the struggling Charlotte Hornets, he was coming off a rather poor effort a day earlier in a 107-91 loss at Memphis. In that one, Griffin had just 12 points on 5 of 17 shooting and the 6-foot-10 power forward grabbed a measly four rebounds; he also had four of the team’s 10 turnovers.
Monday was a different story. Griffin scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and doled out nine assists in a 113-92 victory at Charlotte. Griffin still struggled a bit with his shot, making 10 of 23. But the back-to-back performances were night and day. Teammate Jamal Crawford noticed.
“Tonight he was forceful and dominant,” Crawford, who had 21 points of his own and moved into 10th-place on the all-time list for made 3-pointers, said post-game. “Inside his energy was that he came out on a mission, and we just followed him.”
Crawford now has 1,723 3-point baskets. He surpassed the 1,719 made by Dale Ellis, who played six-plus of his 17 NBA seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics. Crawford, a Seattle native, recalled taking in a game in which Ellis was terrific.
“I was at a game in Seattle when he hit nine 3s,” said Crawford, in his 15th season. “To me, I’m not in that level of shooting. So to hear those names, its unbelievable. Last year I passed Steve Nash.”
The Lakers’ Nash is 12th all-time with 1,685 3-point baskets.
Crawford’s career shooting percentage from 3-point range is 35.1, Ellis’ was 40.3
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).
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).
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.