Five things to take from Clippers’ 119-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

– Philadelphia coach Brett Brown utilized the rather disgusting hack-a-DJ in the last 1 1/2 minutes of the second quarter, during which time DeAndre Jordan made just 1 of 8 from the free-throw line on his way to making only 5 of 17. That is 29.4 percent. Jordan is making just 39.4 percent of his free throws on the season. Believe it or not, that is only the fourth worst percentage of his career. He shot 38.5 percent in 2008-09, 37.5 in 2009-10 and 38.6 in 2012-13.

Blake Griffin took only eight shots for the second consecutive game. Sure, he played fewer minutes in those two games – 29 and 27 – because both games were routs; the other game was Wednesday at New York, where the Clippers blasted the Knicks 111-80. But that doesn’t account for the disparity between taking 21 and 19 shots in the previous two games in 37 and 36 minutes, respectively. Griffin needs to stay aggressive. He’s averaging 17 shots per game on the season.

– Getting back to Jordan, he did pull down another 20 rebounds in this one. That means he has grabbed at least 14 in 20 of his past 21 games. He’s averaging 17.6 rebounds in 14 games this month, a league-leading 14.8 on the season.

Spencer Hawes, who has struggled mightily this season, had seven points and eight rebounds off the bench in 19 minutes. The rebounds were one more than the 7-foot-1 reserve had over the previous three games combined. That’s a good thing. Now, he needs to keep on doing it.

Matt Barnes had another solid game in what has been his best month of the season. He scored 15 points while pulling down four rebounds and making four steals with three assists. Barnes shot 4 of 8 – 3 of 7 from 3-point range. He’s averaging 10.1 points on the season, but 12.9 in March, during which he’s shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc.

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Philadelphia coach Brett Brown praises Clippers after they rout his team 119-98

Blake Griffin battles with several 76ers for the ball in Friday night’s 119-98 Clippers victory at Philadelphia/Photo by Matt Slocum, Associated Press

 

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown came away from his team’s 119-98 loss to the Clippers on Friday at Philadelphia very impressed by the Clippers, who also routed his team 127-91 on Jan. 3 at Staples Center.

“They’re one of those teams that are rare,” Brown said. “They can post Blake (Griffin), throw lobs to DeAndre (Jordan), they can bring (J.J.) Redick off the pin-down and they have the killer in pick-and-rolls with Chris Paul.

“So tonight was a great lesson and a great experience to play against a real team that is a few weeks away from going into the playoffs.”

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Clippers clinch playoff berth with 119-98 victory over Philadelphia 76ers

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

 

Chris Paul scored 25 points, J.J. Redick scored 19 and DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 20 rebounds as the Clippers (48-25)  clinched a playoff berth with a 119-98 victory at Philadelphia on Friday night. The Clippers have won six consecutive games.

Matt Barnes contributed 15 points and Austin Rivers had 13 off the bench. Blake Griffin scored just 10 points but had eight assists and five rebounds.

Nerlens Noel led the 76ers (18-55) with 30 points and 14 rebounds.

The Clippers complete this three-game road trip Sunday at Boston.

 

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Chris Paul scores 19 points in first half as Clippers lead 62-54 at Philadelphia

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Chris Paul scored 19 points in the first half Friday at Philadelphia and the Clippers led the 76ers 62-54 at the break.

The 76ers went to the awful hack-a-DJ tactic in the final minutes and DeAndre Jordan ended up making just 3 of 12 from the free-throw line.

J.J. Redick contributed 14 points for the Clippers (47-25), Matt Barnes scored 10 and Jordan had nine points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Blake Griffin had just two points on 1 of 3 shooting.

Nerlens Noel led Philadelphia (18-54) with 18 points and nine rebounds.

 

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DeAndre Jordan loves New York City, but he’s not yet pondering free agency

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DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Center DeAndre Jordan will be a free agent after this season. Apparently, Jordan has strong feelings for the Big Apple, but he didn’t say he wants to end up there.

“I love New York City – I love the city,” Jordan said after the Clippers routed the New York Knicks 111-80 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. “But right now I’m not thinking of free agency. I’m thinking about finishing our season off strong and focusing on the playoffs.”

Jordan, who is from Houston, is making $11,444,124 this season.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 111-80 victory over the New York Knicks

DeAndre Jordan throws down a dunk for Clippers in their rout of New York on Wednesday. Jordan had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks/Photo by Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

 

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul said ahead of this three-game roadie that this was a “business trip.” In other words, they’re playing two lousy teams and one mediocre team, so just go out and take care of business. They did that with the Knicks in this one, bolting to a 63-33 halftime lead and never looking back. The Knicks are now 14-58. Up next are the Philadelphia 76ers (18-54) on Friday and then the Boston Celtics (31-40) on Sunday.

– It was nice to see the play of the bench in this one. Austin Rivers led the team with 21 points on 9 of 10 shooting. That was big because Rivers had scored a grand total of 14 points in his previous five games. Spencer Hawes, who has really struggled, even got into the act with seven points on 3 of 6 shooting.

– It sounds like a broken record, but J.J. Redick had yet another fine game. He scored 17 points while making 7 of 11 from the field – 2 of 4 from 3-point range in just 22 minutes; the starters played fewer minutes than usual because of the lopsided nature of the game. Redick’s season scoring average is at a career-high 15.9. He is averaging 20.8 points in 13 games this month while shooting 48.8 percent overall, 41.9 from beyond the arc.

– It was kind of a weird game for point guard Paul. In 28 minutes he scored 11 points with 16 assists and four steals. But he committed five turnovers. Paul is averaging 3.1 turnovers this month, the highest of any month this season. His best month was December, when he averaged just 1.6. He’s averaging 2.4 on the season.

– After taking 19 of 21 shots, respectively, in his past two games, Griffin took just eight shots in this one. He made three for 14 points. He also had six rebounds, three assists and a steal. He’s now averaging 18 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists in six games since his return from an elbow injury. He’s averaging 22.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.1 rebounds on the season.

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New York coach Derek Fisher praises Clippers after they rout his Knicks

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Austin Rivers scored a game-high 21 points in the Clippers’ victory Wednesday at New York/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Derek Fisher’s New York Knicks had just been thrashed 111-80 by the Clippers on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, when he doled out quite a compliment.

They are a good team,” said Fisher, in his first year at the New York helm. “They are athletic, fast and strong. You don’t understand the speed and force that these guys play with unless you are out there.”

Austin Rivers scored 21 points off the bench to lead Los Angeles (47-25); he shot 9 of 10 from the field. J.J. Redick contributed 17 points, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan had 14 apiece and Chris Paul and Matt Barnes each scored 11. Paul also had 16 assists. Jordan also blocked five shots and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Cleanthony Early led the Knicks (14-58) with 18 points off the bench.

The Clippers next play Friday at Philadelphia (18-54).

 

 

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DeAndre Jordan says Clippers won a game Sunday they wouldn’t have two years ago

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The Clippers got off to a slow start Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans and trailed 13-2 early. Leading 50-43 late in the second quarter, they watched as the Pelicans finished the half on a 10-0 to lead 53-50 at intermission.

The Clippers ended up with a 107-100 victory. DeAndre Jordan noted that it was a good victory for one big reason.

“When we come out and play the way that we should play, we can beat anybody,” said Jordan, who had 12 points and 16 rebounds. “Tonight we came out flat. A couple of years ago, we wouldn’t have won this game. We kept fighting and then we turned it on. We were able to stay in the game mentally and gut out a game.”

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Chris Paul’s 30 points help Clippers put away lowly Kings 116-105 at Sleep Train

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Chris Paul scored 30 points in the Clippers’ victory Wednesday night at Sacramento/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Once again minus Jamal Crawford (calf) and Matt Barnes (hamstring), it took the Clippers some time to put the lowly Sacramento Kings away. But Chris Paul’s 3-pointer with 3:44 to play was the dagger in their 116-105 victory Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

Paul’s basket gave him 30 points on the night, and it gave the Clippers a 13-point lead at 106-93. The Clippers – 44-25 – remained tied with Dallas for fifth-place in the Western Conference standings.

J.J. Redick contributed 27 points for the Clippers, Blake Griffin had 19 points in his third game back. He also had 10 rebounds and five assists. Hedo Turkoglu, starting for Barnes, came through with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting – 5 of 10 from 3-point range. DeAndre Jordan scored just six points, but he grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked four shots.

The Clippers shot 51.1 percent from the field, 45.9 (17 of 37) from 3-point range.

The Kings (22-45) got 23 points from Rudy Gay and 16 off the bench from Andre Miller. They were without center DeMarcus Cousins (calf) and guard Darren Collison, who has not played since early February because of a hip injury.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 99-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets

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Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

– The Clippers were missing Jamal Crawford (calf) and Matt Barnes (hamstring) as well as Jordan Hamilton, who was not re-signed after his second 10-day contract expired because he currently can’t play because of a high ankle sprain. But is that why they nearly blew a 22-point lead? They led 63-41 two minutes into the third quarter, only to see the Hornets come within a point early in the fourth. No, that’s not it. Bottom line is, it was still too early in the game to say the Clippers may have been tired because they were thin. They just stopped playing well, plain and simple, and they admitted that. It’s something we have seen many times this season, and it’s something that is going to bite them in the post-season if they don’t knock it off. By the way, Charlotte (29-37) was coming off a 28-point loss (94-66) a night earlier at Utah. The Hornets should have been the tired ones.

Blake Griffin was more aggressive offensively in his second game back after missing 15 with a staph infection in his right elbow. He scored 19 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Griffin scored 15 of his points in the first half, shooting 7 of 9. He finished 8 of 12 from the field, taking only three shots in the second half. There was a point in the second half where Griffin threw up a shot and missed, then bent at the knees as if in pain.

J.J. Redick continued his fine play. He scored 23 points on 10 of 17 shooting, though he did miss all four of his 3-point attempts. Still, he is now averaging 20.0 points in nine games this month. He’s averaging 15.4 on the season. He’s shooting a career-high 46.4 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from 3-point range – also a career best.

Nate Robinson celebrated the signing of his second 10-day contract with his best game since joining the Clippers. He scored 12 points off the bench on 4 of 10 shooting, 2 of 5 from 3-point range. He entered the game shooting just 24.1 percent in five previous games with the team.

– Charlotte turned to the old hack-a-DJ with 4:20 left in the game. Over the next minute and a half, DeAndre Jordan was fouled on purpose three times. He made three of those six free throws and finished 6 of 12 (50 percent) for the night. That might not seem like much, but when considering Jordan shoots only 40.4 percent from the free-throw for the season, it’s not bad. Also, consider that when the Hornets began their intentional fouling, they were down by four points. When they finished, they were still down by four, so their ploy went for naught.

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