Clippers lead Hornets 56-53 at halftime at Time Warner Cable Arena

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J.J. Redick

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.

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Clippers lead Hornets 31-23 after one quarter; Matt Barnes out with calf injury

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Blake Griffin had 10 points in the first quarter at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers (7-5) are looking good at Charlotte, leading the Hornets 31-23 after one quarter Monday.

Blake Griffin is leading the way for Los Angeles with 10 points. Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford have scored six points apiece.

The Clippers shot 52 percent in the quarter.

Charlotte (4-10) got six points from Al Jefferson.

The Clippers are playing without small forward Matt Barnes, out with a calf injury. Reggie Bullock started in his place.

 

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Doc Rivers says his bigs were not entirely to blame for loss at Memphis

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Zach Randolph of Memphis goes up for a shot during the Grizzlies’ 107-91 victory Sunday over the Clippers/Photo by Associated Press

 

Do the math. Memphis got 30 points and 12 rebounds from post Marc Gasol and 10 points and eight rebounds from power forward Zach Randolph in the Grizzlies’ 107-91 victory over the Clippers on Sunday in Memphis. That’s a combined 40 points and 20 rebounds; Gasol shot 13 of 18, Randolph 5 of 11.

The Clippers got 12 points and just four rebounds from power forward Blake Griffin; he shot just 5 of 17. They got a meager two points and three rebounds from post DeAndre Jordan, who took just two shots and made one. That’s a combined 14 points and seven rebounds.

Suffice to say, the Clippers were thrashed in the battle of the bigs. But coach Doc Rivers wouldn’t put it all on Griffin and Jordan.

“I don’t think it was their entire fault,” Rivers said afterward. “We had great looks that we didn’t make. I thought our guards had trouble in the paint. I thought our bigs had to help a lot tonight. When they have to help  that much, it is not good. I felt bad. It looked like the bigs had a breakdown, but it was really a team breakdown. I thought we got great looks and missed them. We never bounced back.

“Blake Griffin is fine. He has played great the last few games. I think Marc Gasol played great and our team was off. Maybe they took us out of it.”

The Grizzlies at 12-2 have the NBA’s best record.

“I told the guys at the beginning of the year, when you look at the Grizzlies’ record when they are healthy, they are a great team,” Rivers said.

Memphis is 8-0 at home, which is FedExForum.

 

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 107-91 loss Sunday at Memphis

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Blake Griffin had just four rebounds in Sunday’s loss at Memphis/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- Blake Griffin pulled down just four rebounds in 33 minutes. For a 6-foot-10, 250-pound power forward with a career rebounding average 10.0, that is not good. Griffin is averaging just 6.8 rebounds through 12 games this season. That is easily the lowest output of his career. He averaged 9.5 a season ago, 8.3 in 2012-13, 10.9 in 2011-12 and 12.1 in his rookie season in 2010-11.

- The Clippers were out-rebounded by a whopping 52-32. Aside from Griffin’s poor output on the boards, post DeAndre Jordan pulled down just three measly rebounds in 20 minutes, and he went into the game leading the league at 12.2 per game; he’s now fifth at 11.4. Jordan had four fouls. Still, the Clippers (7-5) will have a hard time beating good teams when they are out-rebounded by 20. Spencer Hawes had 10 rebounds off the bench. Other than that, Chris Paul – a 6-foot guard – was next with five.

- The loss notwithstanding, the aforementioned Paul did his part. Besides the five rebounds, Paul scored a team-high 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He made all seven of his free throws, doled out five assists and made four steals with just two turnovers in 34 minutes.

- The Clippers had won the first two games of the road trip – over Orlando and Miami – and looked good doing it. But after getting 31 assists in a 110-93 victory at Miami on Thursday, the Clippers managed only 14 against the high-flying Grizzlies (12-2). Paul’s team-leading five were well under his 9.5 average.

- The Clippers were out-played in many areas. But the biggest item of note is that they were simply dominated by Memphis big-man Marc Gasol, who owned the Clippers by scoring 30 points on 13 of 18 shooting. He also pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked two shots. For the Clippers, Jordan had two points and those three rebounds. And no blocks.

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Clippers now 2-0 on road trip after routing host Miami Heat 110-93

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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).

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Clippers in a groove, leading the Heat 58-40 at halftime at Miami

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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.

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Blake Griffin says ball didn’t stick; the bonding has begun on the road

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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.”

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Doc Rivers stoked about bench play, ball movement in win at Orlando

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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.

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Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and Blake Griffin defend Chris Paul after Game 5 loss

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)

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.

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J.J. Redick: We need Blake Griffin to stay on the court

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.”

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