Five things to take from Clippers’ 105-95 victory over Brooklyn

L. A. Clipper Cole Aldrich,45,  goes up to block the shot of Brooklyn’s , Thomas Robinson,41, during the second quarter at the Staples Center.  Los Angeles Calif., Monday, February,29, 2016.       
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Cole Aldrich (45) of the Clippers plays defense on Brooklyn’s Thomas Robinson (41) during Monday’s game at Staples Center/Staff photo by Stephen Carr


Chris Paul had yet another in a long line of fine games. He scored 23 points, doled out 12 assists, grabbed six rebounds and made two steals in 36 minutes. Prior to tip-off, Nets interim coach Tony Brown agreed with Clippers coach Doc Rivers that if not for Golden State’s Steph Curry, Paul would be a legitimate MVP candidate.

Jamal Crawford provided terrific offense, scoring 26 points off the bench in just over 25 minutes. He shot 10 of 17, 3 of 4 from 3-point range. He also made two steals. Crawford scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, when the Clippers were finally putting a bit of distance between themselves and the Nets.

– The Clippers (39-20) had a difficult time putting the Nets away. It made sense. The Clippers are under enormous pressure, as they always are as the post-season gets closer and closer. The Nets, who are just 17-43, have absolutely nothing to lose from a team standpoint. When they went up early on the Clippers, they were having the time of their lives, hooting and hollering on the bench. Sometimes, those are the most dangerous teams to play, record and overall lack of talent notwithstanding. It could also be that the Clippers were thinking about Wednesday night’s showdown with Oklahoma City at Staples Center.

Paul Pierce was back in this one after missing Friday’s victory at Sacramento. Pierce played 22-plus minutes and scored eight points on 3 of 5 shooting. He also pulled down five rebounds and had two assists and a steal in a nice stint.

– Sometimes a guy doesn’t play that many minutes and still makes a significant impact. Cole Aldrich played 11 minutes and scored two points. But the hard-playing reserve post grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots.

J.J. Redick explains why it was so tough to dispatch Brooklyn Nets

J.J. Redick

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


The Clippers on Monday night defeated the visiting Brooklyn Nets 105-95. The Clippers led by just two points entering the fourth quarter, against a team that is now 17-43.

Clippers guard J.J. Redick, who scored 19 points, explained.

“When you play these type of teams late in the season, who aren’t really playing for anything, it’s mentally tough,” he said. “When they are able to play well early, specifically offensively, then it is fun for them. If you make it tough on them, teams tend to want to go away.

“We didn’t make it tough on them early, enabling them to hang around.”

The Clippers are 39-20.

J.J. Redick scores 13 to help Clippers to 52-46 halftime lead over Nets

J.J. Redick

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


J.J. Redick scored 13 points, Jamal Crawford scored 12 and Chris Paul had nine points and five assists to lead the Clippers (38-20) to a 52-46 lead over the Brooklyn Nets (17-42) at halftime on Monday at Staples Center.

Wayne Ellington led the Nets with 10 points.

The Clippers shot 42.9 percent overall in the half, the Nets 37 percent. The Clippers shot 43.8 percent (7 of 16) from 3-point range and the Nets shot 30.8 percent (4 of 13).


Five things to take from Clippers’ 105-100 victory at Brooklyn

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

  • Yes, the Clippers have won seven of nine with this victory. But the two losses came against Indiana and Chicago, two of the better teams in the East. Of the seven victories, only one came against a team currently over .500 and that was Orlando. But at least the Clippers are winning the games they’re supposed to win.
  • The Clippers continue to have difficulty finding a killer instinct. They were up by 18 points with 10:07 to play against a team that entered 7-15, only to see the Nets get within two points (93-91) with 3:50 to go. Afterward, Chris Paul admitted his team is still having a tough time closing out games.
  • There was some other good news. Paul Pierce, who has been struggling to mightily with his shooting, scored 10 points and made 4 of 6 from the field – 2 of 3 from 3-point range. Even with that, he’s still shooting just 31.3 percent overall, 25.8 percent from 3-point range.His career percentages are 44.7 and 37.0, respectively.
  • The Clippers received some good work from their bench. Aside from what Pierce did, Jamal Crawford had nine points, three assists and two steals; Josh Smith had six points, five rebounds and two steals; and Austin Rivers had six points, three rebounds and two steals.
  • The Clippers average seven steals per game but had 12 in this one. They would seem to suggest they were active on defense. Brooklyn shot 44.3 percent, which isn’t bad. But the Nets shot just 26.3 (5 of 19) percent from beyond the arc and committed 16 turnovers.

Chris Paul concedes Clippers still having trouble closing out games

DeAndre Jordan goes up for two of his 12 points in Saturday’s 105-100 victory over the Nets in Brooklyn/Associated Press photo by Kathy Kmonicek


The Clippers on Saturday evening had just blown all but two points of an 18-point fourth-quarter lead to stave off the host Brooklyn nets 105-100 at Barclays Center, when Clippers point guard Chris Paul was asked about his team still having difficulty finishing games strongly.

The Clippers led 83-65 with 10:07 to play before the Nets came roaring back to pull within 93-91 with 3:50 left.

“Yeah, we’ve been having big issues with closing out games so far this year,” said Paul, who had 15 points, 14 assists and three steals. “We’ve had leads on teams and
we’ve let them back in, so it’s a negative in that we still let teams back in the game, but it’s a positive in that we were able to close it out.”

The Clippers (14-10) are 3-1 on this five-game road trip and finish it Monday at Detroit.


Clippers almost lose big lead before defeating Nets 105-100

J.J. Redick

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


The final score from Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon will show the Clippers defeated the host Nets 105-100 at Barclays Center. It was the Clippers’ third victory out of four games on this five-game road trip.

But the Clippers also once again showed a lack of killer instinct. They held an 18-point lead (83-65) with 10:07 to play in the game over a Nets team that may have been at home, but came in with a record of 7-15. When the Nets’ Thaddeus Young made a 6-footer with 3:50 to go, Brooklyn was within two at 93-91.

The Clippers (14-10) did regroup to outscore the Nets 12-9 down the stretch, but this was not a victory to write home about, other than it broke a seven-game road losing streak to the Nets.

Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick scored 21 apiece; Griffin also had nine rebounds and four assists. Chris Paul had 15 points,14 assists and three steals and DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Paul Pierce, who has struggled so mightily, had a good game off the bench. He scored 10 points on 4 of 6 from the field – 2 of 3 from 3-point range.

The Clippers shot 50 percent from the field, but were outrebounded 46-40. They also had 12 steals to just five for Brooklyn.

Young led the Nets (7-16) with 18 points, Jarrett Jack scored 16 and doled out 14 assists, Joe Johnson and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 15 and Brook Lopez had 14 points and 12 rebounds.