Five things to take from Clippers’ 94-92 win over Grizzlies

  • J.J. Redick

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  • You have to like the backbone of Chris Paul. He had missed Saturday’s loss against Houston with a groin strain. In this game, he was both poked and smacked in the eye. He still found a way to score 14 points and dole out four assists in nearly 32 minutes. Paul did contribute to the 18 turnovers the team committed with four of his own.
  • J.J. Redick was Mr. Clutch. He was 1-for-5 from 3-point range when he buried one that put the Clippers ahead (87-86) for good 55.1 seconds to play. Then he made three consecutive free throws with 13.3 seconds left.
  • Another fine game by Blake Griffin. He played a team-high 37 minutes, 48 seconds and came away with 24 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. The sixth-year pro is now averaging 28.6 points and 10 rebounds. He’s also shooting 58.1 percent from the field.
  • DeAndre Jordan didn’t let the thought of playing in what is bound to be a very hostile Dallas crowd on Wednesday affect what he did in this victory. He scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked four shots. Remember how Jordan reneged on a verbal agreement to sign with Dallas to re-sign with the Clippers? Well, Jordan is really going to hear it when the teams square off at American Airlines Center.
  • Old friend Matt Barnes made his presence felt. He scored eight points, pulled down six rebounds, made two steals and blocked two shots in 26-plus minutes off the bench. He scored all of his points in the fourth quarter, when his team needed them most. Best of all, Barnes received a nice ovation from a Staples Center crowd appreciative of the previous three years he spent with the Clippers before he was traded during the off-season.

Clippers, Grizzlies tied 46-46 at halftime at Staples Center

Blake Griffin

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Two free throws by Jamal Crawford with 7.4 seconds left enabled the Clippers to go into halftime tied 46-46 with the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night at Staples Center.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 13 points five rebounds and DeAndre Jordan had nine points and four rebounds. Crawford contributed seven points off the bench.

Chris Paul, who missed Saturday’s game with a groin strain, started and scored three points while doling out two assists.

The Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph led everyone with 16 points.


These Clippers are not into moral victories, that’s for sure

J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


Considering they were down by 17 points in the second quarter to the defending-champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, where just two nights earlier the Warriors demolished Memphis by 50 points, one would think the L.A. Clippers might look at their eventual four-point loss (112-108) as a moral victory of sorts.

Not necessarily.

“It would have been encouraging if we won,” shooting guard J.J. Redick said post-game. “We are not the ‘Bad News Bears.’ We are a team that has championship aspirations and for us to do that, we have to win.”

Center DeAndre Jordan was asked if he was encouraged by the showing. He shot that down.

“No, we lost,” he said. “It still goes in the loss column. We learned a few things. We know we can get a lot better.”

Then again, sixth-man Jamal Crawford could not deny that there was some good that came out of the team’s first setback of the season.

“The fact that we fought back is encouraging,” said Crawford, whose team next plays host to Houston on Saturday night at Staples Center. “To get down 17 in this environment against the champs and still have resolve and still have the lead in the fourth quarter shows a lot of character on this team.”

Even Jordan had to go along with that.

“Yeah, I think we can compete with not just them, but anyone,” he said. “Like I said before, they are a great team with a lot of great guys who have been together for a while and so have we. They have probably one of the best crowds in the league and I’m proud of the way we came in.

“We have a lot of work to do, but we will be all right.”

The Clippers went up by 10 points at 97-87 on a basket by Crawford with 7:56 to play. They were outscored 25-11 down the stretch.

The Clippers are now 4-1, the Warriors 5-0.

The Clippers play host to the Houston Rockets on Saturday night at Staples Center.

Chris Paul scores 20, Clippers down by 7 at half at Golden State

Chris Paul

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The Clippers trailed by 17 points with 7:56 left in the second quarter Wednesday night at Golden State, but they trail by only seven (63-56) at the halftime break.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with a tremendous first half, scoring 20 points on 7 of 9 shooting. He also had six assists and two steals.

Blake Griffin had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists and DeAndre Jordan scored eight points and had six rebounds and two blocks.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 16 points. Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Festus Ezeli scored eight apiece.


We’ll find out just how ready Clippers are for the Warriors

The Clippers will be in deep waters when they travel to Golden State to take on the defending-champion Warriors on Wednesday/Staff photo by Michael Owen Baker


The Clippers and Golden State Warriors are both 4-0. But while the Clippers have struggled to put teams away, the Warriors have shown killer instinct in the form of a 50-point win (119-69) victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

While that was happening, the Clippers were losing all of a 14-point third-quarter lead to eventually win by six (102-96) over the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center.

Ready or not, the Clippers on Wednesday night will take on the defending NBA-champion Warriors at their wild and crazy Oracle Arena in Oakland (on Prime Ticket, ESPN).

“We have to go out there and compete,” point guard Chris Paul said following Monday’s win. “Obviously, they are the defending champions and a very tough team to beat at home, but we have to go in there with our game plan and be ready to play.”

Blake Griffin apparently had heard of Golden State handing Memphis its worst loss in franchise history when he spoke post-game Monday.

“Golden State is a good team,” the power forward said. “I have not seen any of their game (against Memphis) yet, but we know what they are. They are very confident and very lethal right now. So we’ll go over some things before Wednesday and be ready to go.”

The Warriors have terrific and passionate fans. The Clippers seem to bring out the best – or worst, depending on your point of view – in them. DeAndre Jordan can’t wait.

“I am looking forward to the competition,” Jordan said. “Two teams that want to beat up on each other.”

In more ways than one.

Five things to take from Clippers’ 102-96 win over Phoenix

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a win over the Suns on Nov. 2. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht // Daily News)

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a win over the Suns on Nov. 2. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht // Daily News)

Blake Griffin led all scorers with 22 points and he pulled down 10 rebounds in 34 minutes of work. He was 11-of-15 from the free throw line and 13-of-22 shooting from the field. In the waning minutes of the game when he was on the free throw line, Griffin was even serenaded with a smattering of “M-V-P” chants.

— After scoring just 15 points in the win against the Kings on Oct. 31, the Clippers bench “won the game” against the Suns, according to head coach Doc Rivers. Jamal Crawford led the team’s reserves with 11 points with Wesley Johnson finishing with nine. Paul Pierce, Josh Smith and Austin Rivers each had seven.

— Along with the production from the bench came a good rest for the starting unit. The team had 10 players with at least 14 minutes. It’s still early in the season, yes, but Chris Paul noted the importance of depth for a team with championship aspirations.

“You look at the teams that are most successful in our league, they have that depth,” Paul said. “They sit fourth quarters and stuff like that because the starters start it out and the bench lifts them up. I think our bench was amazing tonight and we need that.”

— This is the first 4-0 start for the Clippers since 2007-08 and only the fourth such start for the team ever.

“It’s good to start out the season like this,” DeAndre Jordan said. “But we have to keep it going and keep improving as the games come.”

— The Clippers go for the 5-0 start Wednesday when they face Golden State on the road. It’s a battle of the last two unbeaten teams in the Western Conference who also happen to have a healthy rivalry between them.

The Warriors pounded the Grizzlies on Monday, winning by 50. A reporter went to ask Jordan about the matchup, starting a question by noting “how well” the Warriors are playing. Before she could finish, Jordan responded, “so are we.”

“They’re the champs,” Rivers said. “They’re a really good basketball team. … That swagger is hard to knock off.”