DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers on Tuesday night snapped their three-game losing streak with a 111-94 victory at Denver.
All five Clippers starters scored in double figures with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan leading the way with 18 points apiece. Jordan added 11 rebounds, four blocks and three assists and Griffin had 10 rebounds and four assists.
J.J. Redick scored 16, Chris Paul 15 and Wesley Johnson 11. It was Johnson’s first start of the season. Paul also had 10 assists and three steals.
Jamal Crawford scored 15 off the bench and Josh Smith scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds, doled out two assists, blocked a shot and made a steal in 18 minutes.
The Clippers (7-7), who have struggled from 3-point range this season, shot 40 percent (8 of 20).
Danilo Gallinari led Denver (6-9) with 20 points and 18 rebounds, Nikola Jokic scored 16 and Gary Harris had 14 points.
The Clippers helped hold the Nuggets to 39.7 percent shooting.
The Clippers, once again, were outrebounded – this time 48-43.
Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Blake Griffin was honest – he isn’t exactly sure what the problem is with his team after 13 games. The Clippers started 4-0 and have lost 7 of 9, including their past three, and are now 6-7 ahead of Tuesday’s game at Denver.
Among those losses was Sunday’s 91-80 setback to the Toronto Raptors. It was a game in which the Clippers trailed by 29 points at halftime on their home court.
“I think it’s one of those things where if you pinpoint it, then you know exactly what it is, then you resolve,” Griffin said afterward. “I think we need to find that, whether it is playing harder, whether it is having a sense of urgency, whatever the case may be.”
It’s collective, he said.
“It’s not just one person,” Griffin said. “Doc (Rivers) keeps saying it’s on him. It’s on all of us. It’s on our leaders – myself, CP (Chris Paul), DJ (DeAndre Jordan). We need to do a better job. I need to do a better job.”
Josh Smith of the Clippers fouls the Warriors’ Festus Ezeli during Thursday’s game/Staff photo by Hans Gutknecht
– It’s true the Clippers were playing a great team in the Warriors, so the problem wasn’t so much losing a 23-point second-quarter lead. Rather, it was being outscored 25-8 over the final 5:54. The Clippers were up 109-99 at that point and scored just eight more points. That can’t happen.
– In the amazing statistic department, the Warriors shot 56.7 from 3-point range, making 17 of 30. Moreover, they made 8 of 9 in the decisive fourth quarter. That’s 88.9 percent. Seriously?
– Except for shooting for a better free-throw percentage than usual – he was 5 of 8 – DeAndre Jordan was almost a non-factor in this one. He scored just nine points on four field-goal attempts, pulled down 10 rebounds and had zero blocks. He’s averaging 12.6 rebounds – down from 15.0 a season ago – and 2.7 blocks.
– When you shoot 50 percent from the field overall and 44.8 (13 of 29) like the Clippers did, you expect to win. The Clippers lost, and by now they might be wondering how the heck they are ever going to beat the Warriors. The Clippers led them by 10 in the fourth quarter at their place Nov. 4 and lost by four. The Clippers led them twice by 23 points in the second quarter of this one and, again, by 10 midway through the fourth – and lost both times.
– If we don’t take the time to tip our cap to Golden State’s Steph Curry, we wouldn’t be doing our job. Curry scored 40 points after scoring just three in the first quarter because he took two early fouls. He scored 13 of his points in the fourth. He also had three steals. To top it off, the 6-foot-3 guard led everyone with 11 rebounds. Yes, he had seven turnovers. So he’s not perfect.
DeAndre Jordan throwing down a dunk off a lob pass is done all the time. But every once in a while he likes to get himself in position for something a little more special. Check out this reverse slam, courtesy of a beautiful lob from Austin Rivers in the Clippers’ 102-96 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 2 at Staples Center:
Jamal Craword/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Count DeAndre Jordan among those who love to watch Jamal Crawford when he’s on a scoring tear. Crawford started Saturday’s game because starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick were again out with injuries.
Crawford came through with 37 points in the Clippers’ 101-96 come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center.
“It was fun – I’m a fan,” Jordan said post-game. “He (Crawford) had almost 40 points tonight. We ask so much of Jamal in that he starts some games and comes off the bench other games. I really commend him for being as old as he is and still being ready to play at all times and giving guys fits.”
Still explosive, still cat-like quick, the 35-year-old Crawford indeed did that. He also had six rebounds, eight assists and made all 10 of his free throws. The cherry on top, a blocked shot.
Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
After trailing by as many as 17 points, the Clippers did well to trail the Detroit Pistons by just nine (60-51) at halftime Saturday at Staples Center.
Playing without starting guards Chris Paul (groin strain) and J.J. Redick (back spasms), the Clippers were led in the half by Jamal Crawford’s 17 points. Blake Griffin scored 11 and DeAndre Jordan scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Reggie Jackson had 12 points for the Pistons, Ersan Ilyasova scored 11 and AndreDrummond had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Mater Dei High produced Stanley Johnson contributed nine points.