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.

VIDEO: Check out this D-Will pass in the paint that faked out three Clippers

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams on Monday played for the first time since Jan. 7 and he scored 15 points and had three assists in Brooklyn’s 102-100 come-from-behind victory over the Clippers. Two of Brooklyn’s points came thanks to this unbelievable pass in the paint by Williams that had no less than three Clippers probably saying, “Which way did he go?” Check this out:

VIDEO: Oh, my, check out this dazzling move and basket by Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford on Monday moved into eighth-place all alone in made 3-pointers by making two in the Clippers’ 102-100 loss at Brooklyn. Crawford now has 1,789 with No. 7 Chauncey Billups (1,830) next in line for him to pass. But Crawford does a lot more than make 3-pointers. He still has some of the most amazing offensive moves in the game at age 34. Just ask Brooklyn’s Bojan Bogdanovic, who was faked into Chick Hearn’s popcorn machine on this Crawford move and basket:

 

Five things to take from Clippers’ crushing 102-100 loss at Brooklyn

DeAndre Jordan could not block this game-winning shot by Brooklyn’s Jarrett Jack/Photo by Associated Press

 

Blake Griffin admitted he was not aggressive enough in this game. He took only 10 shots and made six for 13 points, well under his season-scoring average of 22.6. Two days earlier, in a win at San Antonio, Griffin took 21 shots and made 12 for 31 points. That’s not to mention Griffin had just six rebounds in this one compared to 13 at San Antonio.

– Did the Clippers quit playing defense as coach Doc Rivers suggested after they earned a nine-point lead with 1:46 to play in the game? Well, the Nets scored 15 points during that final 1:46 and did not miss a field-goal attempt. What do you think? Fifteen points in a minute and 46 seconds? Wow!

– It’s interesting to see what DeAndre Jordan had 22 points and a whopping 20 rebounds. Yet, he did not block even one shot for the first time since Nov. 23 at Memphis.

J.J. Redick played just four minutes and had to leave the game with back spasms. Redick missed the first game of this road trip at Utah because of back spasms, so now this has become a concern. Redick played just 35 games in 2013-14 because of injuries, one of which was a bulging disk in his back.

Jamal Crawford scored 18 points, but shot just 7 of 22 from the field – 2 of 7 from 3-point range. The first 3-point basket he made allowed him to move into eighth-place all-time with 1,789 made 3-pointers. Next up for Crawford to pass at No. 7 is Chauncey Billups, who has 1,830.