Clippers can’t get a 3-pointer to fall late, lose 109-106 to Nuggets at Pepsi Center

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Blake Griffin scored 32 points Friday night at Denver/Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers had three chances to tie the game with the final seconds winding down Friday night at Denver, but missed 3-point basket attempts by Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Chris Paul resulted in the Clippers losing 109-106 to the Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

The Clippers (18-8) overcame a 16-point halftime deficit of 59-43 to lead 74-71 after three quarters.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 32 points on 9 of 20 shooting. He also grabbed 12 rebounds. Chris Paul scored 17 points with 15 assists, Crawford scored 20 off the bench, Matt Barnes had 16 points and DeAndre Jordan scored 11 and had 14 rebounds with two blocked shots.

The Clippers shot 45.9 percent from the field, but just 16.7 percent (3 of 18) from 3-point range.

Denver (11-15) received 20 points off the bench from Nate Robinson, 16 from Wilson Chandler and 14 points and seven rebounds from Kenneth Faried. Ty Lawson doled out 14 assists to go with his 10 points.

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Chris Paul to host sixth charity celebrity bowling tournament Jan. 8 in Torrance

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

 

Chris Paul on Jan. 8 will host his sixth annual CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Charity Bowling Tournament at AMF Bowl-O-Drome in Torrance. The proceeds will benefit Paul’s CP3 Foundation.

Paul, an avid bowler and owner of a team in the Professional Bowlers Association League, is expected to compete. As are former NFL star Terrell Owens and Pete Weber, a member of the PBA Hall of Fame, to name a few.

Tickets for the event may be purchased online at www.pba.com/tickets.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 113-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons

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Chris Paul had just one turnover in Monday night’s victory over Detroit/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- The Clippers are still having head-scratching lapses of focus. There they were, coming off two consecutive road losses and they were down by nine points to the lowly Pistons in the first quarter. Then they get tuned in and eveutally lead by as many as 27 points early in the fourth quarter. Kind of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team at times.

- Jamal Crawford was 0 of 6 from the field. But ever the consummate professional, Crawford made all five of his free throws, doled out seven assists and made a steal while committing just one tunover in nearly 28 minutes of action.

- Although Chris Paul did not have a terrific game from a scoring standpoing – he scored 11 points, well under his 17.4 average – he had only one turnover in 24 minutes. That was on the heels of him having six turnovers in each of his two previous games – losses at Washington and Milwaukee.

- Jordan Farmar picked a terrific time to have his best game as a member of the Clippers. He made his first five shots and scored 15 points with five assists in 23 minutes off the bench. This was key because backup post Spencer Hawes and his offense was out for the second consecutive game because of a bruised left knee, and because Crawford did not provide his usual offensive punch off the bench.

- The Clippers also got nice bench play from the likes of Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Hedo Turkoglu. They scored a combined 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Davis was 4 of 5 from the field for eight points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals.

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Chris Paul, actor Kevin Hart to host Toys ‘R’ Us holiday shopping spree

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

 

Chris Paul and actor/comedian Kevin Hart on Tuesday will spread some holiday cheer when they host an event at the Toys “R” Us in Torrance, where 100 Los Angeles-area children will be treated to a shopping spree, courtesy of Paul’s CP3 Foundation.

Each child in the mix will receive a $100 gift card to shop at Toys “R” Us beginning at 4 p.m.

 

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Clippers lose second consecutive game, this time 111-106 at Milwaukee

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Chris Paul had six turnovers for the second consecutive game/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin (4 of 12) and Chris Paul (5 of 15) shot a combined 9 of 27 and it cost the Clippers, who lost 111-106 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Saturday night.

Griffin scored just 10 points – well below his season average of 23.2. Paul also had 10 points – he came in averaging 18.0 – and committed six turnovers for the second night in a row.

The Clippers (16-7) have lost two consecutive games after winning nine in succession. They return home Monday night to host the Detroit Pistons at 7:30 at Staples Center.

Matt Barnes and J.J. Redick did have fine games for the Clippers. Barnes scored 26 points and made 6 of 8 from 3-point range and Redick scored 25 and was 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. Jamal Crawford scored 17 points, but he shot just 6 of 15, 2 of 7 from 3-point range.

The Clippers shot just 42.9 percent overall, but shot 48.3 percent (14 of 29) from 3-point range.

The Clippers led by four points at 76-72 with 10:45 left in the game. However, the Bucks (12-12) outscored them 18-5 to lead 90-79 with 6:52 to play. The Clippers went down by 12 points with 5:03 to play and then pulled within 109-106 on a running 3-pointer by Crawford with just under three seconds left. That was the best the Clippers could do.

The Bucks shot 56.6 percent from the field, a whopping 63.6 percent (7 of 11) from beyond the arc. Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 22 points and Giannis Antekokounmpo had 20.

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Washington snaps Clippers’ nine-game winning streak with 104-96 victory

The Washington Wizards halted the Clippers’ nine-game winning streak by defeating Los Angeles 104-96 at Verizon Center on Friday night in Washington D.C.

The Clippers (16-6) were held to 42.7 percent shooting by the Wizards (16-6), who themselves shot 48.8 percent.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Blake Griffin scored 14, but he had just two rebounds. Jamal Crawford contributed 12 points, but he shot just 2 of 13 from the field.

Bradley Beal led everyone with 29 points. John Wall had 10 points and 11 assists.

 

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Washington Wizards hold 15-point halftime lead on the visiting Clippers

The Clippers shot just 41 percent from the field – 10 percent (1 of 10) from 3-point range – in the first half at Washington and the Wizards hold a 57-42 lead at halftime.

DeAndre Jordan has nine points and seven rebounds for the Clippers (16-5), who have won nine games in a row. Chris Paul scored eight points and doled out three assists, but he also committed four turnovers.

The Wizards (15-6) got 11 points apiece from Kris Humphries and Bradley Beal in the half and John Wall scored 10 points and had six assists.

Washington shot 51.2 percent from the field, a whopping 75 percent (6 of 8) from beyond the arc.

Clippers backup post Spencer Hawes sustained what appeared to be a left knee injury.

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Chris Paul says team just needs to keep foot on the gas when it has a lead

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

 

Although the Clippers are getting better at holding leads, they’re still vulnerable in that department. On Wednesday, they held a 20-point lead at Indiana with 1:07 left in the third quarter. The Pacers nearly came all the way back, pulling within two points with two minutes left in the game before the Clippers emerged with a 103-96 victory for their ninth win in succession.

Part of the problem has been the inconsistent play of the second unit. But Chris Paul didn’t single out the reserves after Wednesday’s victory.

“We just need to play with more consistency and keep our foot on the gas,” Paul said. “Our core group has been together a little while and we’ve been through some stuff. Me, Blake (Griffin), D.J. (DeAndre Jordan), (we) know what it takes.”

The Clippers (16-5) next play Friday at Washington (15-6).

 

 

We just need to play with more consistency and keep our foot on the gas.  Our core group has been together a little while and we’ve been through some stuff.  Me, Blake (Griffin), DJ (DeAndre Jordan) know what it takes.”

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 120-100 victory over New Orleans

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Chris Paul is shooting a career-high 53.4 percent from the field/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- It was good to see sixth-man Jamal Crawford rebound from two off games offensively. He scored just four points in Monday’s 127-101 victory over Minnesota and just five in a 114-86 victory over Orlando on Wednesday. He was a combined 2-for-11 from the field in those two games, 0 of 8 from 3-point range. Crawford on Saturday scored 20 points on 6 of 11 from the field, 2 of 4 from beyond the arc. He also made all six of his free-throw attempts.

- The Clippers, in particular power forward Blake Griffin, did a good job of holding the Pelicans’ young superstar power forward Anthony Davis to 26 rather quiet points. Quiet because 10 of them came during a fourth quarter when the Clippers played mostly the second unit with the game pretty much in hand. Davis also had only three rebounds and one block. He entered averaging 11.5 rebounds and a league-leading 3.06 blocks.

- Chris Paul continued on his path to the best shooting season of his career. By making 7 of 13 from the field – 4 of 6 from 3-point range – he is now shooting a career-best 53.4 percent overall. He’s also shooting 44.8 (30 of 67) from 3-point range, easily his best. Paul is a career 47.4-percent shooter. His career percentage from beyond the arc is 36.1.

- The Clippers made 17 of 32 from 3-point range. That’s a percentage of 53.1. They now lead the NBA with a team 3-point shooting percentage of 39.1. Golden State is second at 38.4 with the Atlanta Hawks third at 37.8.

- DeAndre Jordan is continually improving his statistics after getting off to just a bit of a slow start in the rebounding and blocked shots departments. In going for 18 rebounds and five blocks in this victory, he is now averaging 12.2 rebounds (second in the league) and 2.53 blocks (third). He led the league in rebounding a season ago with a 13.6 average and was third in blocks with a 2.48 average.

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Clippers make dream come true for leukemia-stricken Robbie Stanford

Robbie Stanford, left, chats with Blake Griffin and then Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Robbie Stanford has been battling leukemia for 15 years. He is in the final stages of his fight with the cancer, and one of his final wishes was to be able to attend a Clippers game with his son. He will do that Saturday when the Clippers host the New Orleans Pelicans at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center.

Stanford did not know that he was also going to be offered the chance to have a practice experience with the Clippers. Stanford, 54, did that Friday at the Clippers’ practice facility in Playa Vista. He met and laughed with players, he spoke with coach Doc Rivers and he wore some practice gear while taking some  shots from the floor. Afterward, he was all smiles.

“Big fan of the Clippers and it was a dream of mine to take my son to one of the games, and I never knew I was going to get invited to come to the practice and actually meet the guys,” said Stanford, who was accompanied by his 14-year-old son Nile and 16-year-old daughter Sydney. “So this has been an amazing experience to be here and put on some gear and go out and shoot a few air balls.”

Stanford, originally from Chicago and a Bulls fan, said he has been a Clippers fan for about five or six years. He was asked which of the players he most enjoying talking to Friday.

“It was all really exciting, so it’s hard to choose,” he said. “But meeting Blake (Griffin), meeting Chris (Paul) … I mean, come on, they’re all amazing.”

Stanford laughed when talking about his time with J.J. Redick.

“Redick told me he was going to give me some pointers because he said my shooting percentage was pretty low,” Stanford said.

Stanford has been in this fight for a long time, and he said that has given him the time to deal with all the emotions of his plight. Along the way, he and wife Jade started a preschool in Culver City that is geared toward helping others in similar situations find affordable day care.

“About 10 years ago my wife and I looked for a preschool for our children and we were basically broke because we had some new medical bills,” he said. “So my wife started a preschool to help families with chronic or terminal illnesses.”

Stanford began to cry. He gathered himself and continued.

“And today, it’s one of the leading schools in the Culver City area,” he said. “And it’s just an amazing, amazing experience, what my wife created. And I can help her. And every day we can help families, is a gift.”

A story done by CBS in 2013 indicates that if a family can’t afford to pay for the cost of the preschool because of a chronic or terminal illness, the school – named Village Tree Preschool – pays it for the family.

Jamal Crawford, one of the players with whom Stanford spent a few minutes, said Stanford’s situation puts things in perspective.

“This is a game,” Crawford said. “Obviously, you care about wins and losses and everything, but there is so muuch more to life than basketball.”

For Stanford, at this point it’s all about family.

“Now I focus on my family and every day is a holiday, so we just love each other,” he said.

As Stanford spoke, his children were in the background, looking lovingly at their father.

 

 

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