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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Jamal Crawford: Three road games in four nights is no excuse for lousy defense against Bucks in 111-106 loss

Blake Griffin scored just 10 points on 4 of 12 shooting in the Clippers’ 111-106 loss Saturday at Milwaukee/Photo by Associated Press

 

It was Saturday night in Milwaukee. The Clippers had just been defeated for the second night in a row, this time by the Bucks 111-106 at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

It was the Clippers’ third road game in four nights, and a reporter wanted to know if that might have contributed to a Clippers defense that allowed Milwaukee to shoot 56.6 percent from the field, a whopping 63.6 percent (7 of 11) from 3-point range.

Sixth-man Jamal Crawford wasn’t having any of that.

“I don’t want to make excuses,” Crawford said. “I tip my hat. The thing about the NBA is if you’re not ready, you can lose on any given night. You see it all around the league. For us, coach (Doc Rivers) had us prepared. But as players, we didn’t do what we were supposed to do and we have to get better.”

The Bucks are 12-12.

The Clippers began their three-game trip Wednesday with a 103-96 victory over a struggling Indiana team. The Clippers (16-7) then had their nine-game winning streak snapped when they lost 104-96 Friday at Washington.

The Detroit Pistons (5-19) are next for the Clippers. The teams will square off Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center.

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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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Clippers hold off Pacers, thanks to two big baskets by Jamal Crawford

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Jamal Crawford hit two big shots down the stretch Wednesday night at Indiana/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

It wasn’t easy, but the Clippers on Wednesday night staved off the Indiana Pacers and came away with a 103-96 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Clippers (16-5) have now won nine consecutive games and 11 of 12.

The Clippers led by 17 points at 82-65 after three quarters.

Two big baskets down the stretch by Jamal Crawford played a big hand in the victory. With the Pacers having closed within three points at 95-92, Crawford buried a 3-pointer with 2:46 left to play for a 98-92 Los Angeles lead.

Indiana (7-15) scored the next four points to cut its deficit to just 98-96 and Crawford made a 20-footer for a 100-96 cushion with 1:50 left.

Crawford led the Clippers with 18 points off the bench. Chris Paul scored 17 points and also doled out 15 assists, grabbed eight rebounds and made three steals. Blake Griffin contributed 17 points, J.J. Redick had 16 and DeAndre Jordan came through with 12 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks. Matt Barnes scored 11 points.

C.J. Miles of Indiana led everyone with 30 points; he was 7 of 14 from 3-point range. The Pacers have lost six in a row.

The Clippers next play Friday at Washington.

 

 

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Clippers lead 54-49 at halftime at Indiana after leading by 15 in first quarter

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J.J. Redick had 12 points in the first half at Indiana/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Wednesday night at Indiana led by as many as 15 points (28-13) with 3:36 left in the first quarter, but the Pacers rallied and the Clippers settled for a 54-49 halftime lead.

J.J. Redick led the Clippers (15-5) in scoring with 12 points. Jamal Crawford scored 11 off the bench; DeAndre Jordan had 10 points, nine rebounds and a block; and Blake Griffin had 10 points.

The Clippers have won eight  consecutive games and 10 of 11.

Indiana (7-14) was led in the first half by 16 points off the bench from C.J. Miles.

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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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Big games from Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford lead to victory at Utah

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Blake Griffin scored 28 points in Saturday’s victory at Utah/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

When the Clippers embarked on their seven-game road trip, it didn’t seem like the best time because they were struggling and coming off a 105-89 loss at home to Chicago on Nov. 17.

But many of the Clippers said ahead of the road trip it could be a good thing because it could bring the team together. Perhaps, they were right.

The Clippers on Saturday night completed their road trip with a 112-96 victory at Utah. That gave the Clippers a 6-1 record on the trip, the lone loss coming at Memphis – the team with the NBA’s best record.

Blake Griffin scored 28 points on 13 of 18 shooting and sixth-man Jamal Crawford scored 22 on 8 of 17 from the field. Crawford was 4 of 9 from 3-point range as the Clippers shot 39.3 (11 of 28) from beyond the arc. They shot 56.3 percent overall.

Also, Chris Paul scored 17 points and doled out 10 assists, J.J. Redick scored 13, backup point guard Jordan Farmar scored 10 points and had two assists, DeAndre Jordan had eight points and 12 rebounds and Matt Barnes scored eight.

Utah’s Gordon Hayward led everyone with 30 points. The Jazz are 5-12.

The Clippers left 5-4 and will come home 11-5.

Among the six victories, none would qualify as really terrific because the best team in there – Houston – was missing three starters. Of the remaining five wins, four came against teams that will be hard-pressed to make the playoffs.

Still, the Clippers are looking smooth.

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Doc Rivers praises team’s defensive effort after 102-85 victory at Houston

Blake Griffin leads Los Angeles Clippers past Houston Rockets

Blake Griffin is defended by James Harden of the Rockets on Friday in Houston/Photo courtesy of Associated Press

 

Doc Rivers had nothing but positive things to say following his team’s 102-85 victory at Houston on Friday night. The victory gave the Clippers a 5-1 record on the seven-game road trip, which ends tonight (Saturday) at 6 at Utah (on Prime Ticket).

“It was a good win,” Rivers said. “Obviously, it’s a long trip and we want to win one at a time. I thought our guys came out with great focus. I thought our defense was terrific. We just pulled together the entire game and we wanted them to make extra passes and try to run them off from the 3s. I thought overall we did a really good job of that.”

Rivers said his favorite part of the game was when his team did not scored 10 consecutive possessions, yet the score did not change because of his team’s defense.

“That is really great for your team when you don’t score and they can’t score,” he said. “I thought our guys did that tonight.”

 

Houston (12-4) was missing three starters, including post Dwight Howard. The Clippers held the Rockets to 39 percent shooting.

For the Clippers (10-5), Blake Griffin scored 30 points on 11 of 20 shooting and Jamal Crawford scored 21 points.

 

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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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