Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford combine for 51 points in victory at Houston

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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.

 

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Jamal Crawford has 25 points to lead Clippers to 104-98 victory at Detroit

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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.

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Dynamic duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin was quite impressive Monday

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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).

 

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Chris Paul, Blake Griffin lead Clippers to 113-92 victory at Charlotte

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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).

 

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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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Chris Paul continues to prove he belongs among game’s elite players

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

No one can blame Chris Paul for his team’s 107-91 loss at Memphis on Sunday. He scored 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting, doled out five assists and made four steals. It was Paul’s 45th career game with at least 20 points, 50 percent shooting, five assists and four steals.

Paul ranks first in such games among active players and fifth all-time behind Michael Jordan (83), John Stockton (65), Alvin Robertson (50) and Clyde Drexler (48).

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Chris Paul doles out high praise to Memphis Grizzlies’ post Marc Gasol

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Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies was the biggest reason why the Clippers lost to Memphis on Sunday/Photo courtesy of Memphis Grizzlies, NBA.com

 

To say Chris Paul was impressed with Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday would be putting it mildly. Gasol, a 7-foot-1, 265-pound post, scored 30 points on 13 of 18 shooting. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked two shots in Memphis’ 107-91 victory over the Clippers.

“I know he (Gasol) is a great, great man along with Zac Randolph, and clearly they know how to play the game,” Paul said. “You can’t let talented players like that get going. And if you do, it’s going to be a long night.”

Randolph, the Grizzlies’ 6-9, 260-pound power forward, had 10 points and eight rebounds in the game.

On the season, Gasol is averaging 19.9 points and 8.1 rebounds. Randolph is averaging 16.1 points and 11.8 rebounds. Memphis at 12-2 has the NBA’s best record.

The Clippers, now 7-5, play today (Monday) at 4 at Charlotte (4-10) (on Prime Ticket).

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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 have poor first-half shooting and trail Grizzlies 53-40 at the break

The Clippers shot just 35.1 percent (13 of 37) and 20 percent (2 of 10) from the field in the first half at Memphis and trail the Grizzlies 53-40 at intermission.

Chris Paul and Matt Barnes scored nine points apiece for the Clippers (7-4) , who were out-rebounded by a whopping 28-15 in the half.

Memphis (11-2) got 20 points and six rebounds from post Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies shot 50 percent (21 of 42) in the half.

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Chris Paul says it’s all about consistency, ‘We have to keep doing it’

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Griffin, Paul make it look easy as L.A. Clippers dominate Miami Heat

Chris Paul, far left, scored 26 points and doled out 12 assists in Thursday’s 110-93 victory at Miami/Photo by Associated Press

 

Guard Chris Paul late Thursday night was asked if he was concerned about his team when it wasn’t clicking. The question came after the Clippers had defeated the Miami Heat 110-93 for their second consecutive victory to start a seven-game road trip.

Paul wouldn’t quite go there.

“No, I don’t think we were worried,” he said, “but at the same time we are not trying to write ourselves off as the champions. That’s two games. This league is all about consistency. We have to keep doing it.”

The Clippers (7-4) have five games left on the trip, beginning with a big game Sunday at Memphis (10-2), which leads the Western Conference.

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