Check out this video of Jamal Crawford’s spectacular assist to Matt Barnes

On top of everything else Jamal Crawford did in Monday’s 102-98 victory over the visiting Denver Nuggets – he scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter – Crawford made this spectacular assist to Matt Barnes as he was heading out of bounds. Barnes’ layup gave the Clippers a 96-94 lead with 1:24 to play in the game. Check it out:

 

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Denver coach Brian Shaw talks about Jamal Crawford’s 21 points in 4th

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Jamal Crawford scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter of Monday’s win over Denver/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Jamal Crawford had all of two points through three quarters Monday against the Denver Nuggets. He finished with 23 as the Clippers rallied for a 102-98 victory at Staples Center.

Denver coach Brian Shaw afterward talked about his team’s failed attempt to corral Crawford, the two-time Sixth-Man of the Year.

“In the fourth quarter I thought we fell asleep a few times when (Crawford) was off the ball and he was able to get some clean looks coming off of picks shooting the ball,” Shaw said. “We stunted at their lesser shooters a couple of times. We rotated over to Matt Barnes, so instead of making him be the one to shoot the ball and finish, he was able to swing it to Crawford a couple of times. That was one of the points of emphasis for us, to try and control Crawford coming off the bench.”

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Clippers lead Brooklyn Nets by 33 points at halftime; Blake Griffin has 22

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Blake Griffin had 22 points in the first half Thursday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers shot 65.9 percent from the field in the first half and lead the Brooklyn Nets 70-37 at the break.

Blake Griffin scored 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting and DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford each scored 12; Jordan also had 11 rebounds.

Chris Paul had just four points, but he doled out 12 assists in the half.

Mason Plumlee led Brooklyn (18-24) with 13 points. The Nets shot just 38.1 percent.

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Jamal Crawford has 12 points at halftime as Clippers lead Celtics 47-37

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Jamal Crawford had 12 points in the first half Monday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 12 first-half points and they led the visiting Boston Celtics 47-37 at halftime of a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Staples Center.

Crawford made a 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds to play for the final points of the half.

DeAndre Jordan had 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks in the half and J.J. Redick scored seven points.

The Celtics (13-25) shot just 29.2 percent from the field in the half. They got nine points from Jared Sullinger.

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Jamal Crawford says team will welcome any newcomers with open arms

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Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

It was late Wednesday night, less than 24 hours before the Clippers would announce they shipped off Chris Douglas-Roberts and Reggie Bullock to get Austin Rivers – son of Doc Rivers – in a three-team deal Thursday afternoon. The Clippers had just beaten the Portland Trail Blazers, thanks in part to 25 points off the bench from Jamal Crawford.

Clippers players knew there were deals in the works if for no other reason than the rumors were everywhere. Crawford, ever the pro, was asked about not knowing who was coming or going, and he gave that perfect  answer.

“You just go to worry about the stuff we can control,” he said. “Whoever comes in here, we have to welcome with open arms and continue to be professional.”

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Five things to take from Clippers’ impressive 100-94 victory at Portland

DeAndre Jordan’s double-double helps Clippers beat Portland

DeAndre Jordan had 17 points while shooting 8 of 8 and grabbed 18 rebounds Wednesday night in Portland/Photo by Associated Press

 

- Jamal Crawford’s team-leading 25 points were big. They played a large role in getting the Clippers the victory, but he also once again showed the ability to come back from an off game, such as Sunday’s when he shot just 1 of 9 from the field and scored only four points in the Clippers’ loss to the Miami Heat.

- That the Clippers won this game on the road against a terrific home team – the Trail Blazers were 18-3 at Moda Center going in – makes this one of the best victories of the season for Los Angeles. Portland – now 30-9 – resides in second place in the Western Conference standings, 2 1/2 games behind first-place Golden State (31-5). The Clippers (26-13) are still sixth, but just a half-game behind Dallas (27-13).

- One of the keys in this victory was holding Portland point guard Damian Lillard to below his seasons averages in points and assists. He entered averaging 22.2 points and 6.3 assists. The Clippers held him to 15 points on just 6 of 15 shooting and four assists in 37 minutes.

- The Clippers – known this season for being inconsistent – never had a real bad stretch. Their biggest deficit was six points in the fourth quarter and they overcame that. Portland led 2-0 and then did not take another lead until early in the fourth quarter at 76-74. This is a big deal because again, this was Portland at home.

- What was interesting about this victory is that the Clippers shot just 42 percent from the field with Blake Griffin (7 of 20), J.J. Redick (3 of 12) and Chris Paul (6 of 18) shooting a combined 16 of 50, which equates to 32 percent combined for those three. But the Clippers held the Trail Blazers to just 40.2 percent shooting, 23.1 percent (6 of 26) from 3-point range. Defense wins games, and championships.

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Jamal Crawford has big game in Clippers’ big 100-94 victory at Portland

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Jamal Crawford had 25 points in Wednesday’s win at Portland/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

One thing about Jamal Crawford, he doesn’t stay down very long. After shooting 1 of 9 from the field in Sunday’s loss to visiting Miami, Crawford scored 25 points on 10 of 22 – 4 of 11 from 3-point range – to lead the Clippers to an impressive 100-94 victory at Portland on Wednesday night.

The Trail Blazers (30-9) entered with a record of 18-3 at home.

With the Clippers (26-13) leading by just just three points, Crawford buried a 21-footer for a 94-89 Clippers advantage with 2:04 left in the game.

For a team that has been asked time and again about its inconsistencies and its inability to beat good teams more than good teams beat them, this was a huge victory to be sure.

Chris Paul scored 23 points and doled out 10 assists, but shot just 6 of 18 as the Clippers shot 42 percent from the field. DeAndre Jordan scored 17 points and 18 rebounds in another powerful effort and Blake Griffin had 18 points with Matt Barnes getting 10 points and seven rebounds.

LaMarcus Aldridge led everyone with 37 points on 14 of 28 shooting and 12 rebounds.

 

 

 

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Jamal Crawford has 15 points in first half and Clippers lead at Portland

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Jamal Crawford had 15 points in the first half Wednesday night in Portland

 

The Clippers hold a 50-49 halftime lead over the host Portland Trail Blazers at halftime at Moda Center in Portland, thanks in large part to Jamal Crawford and DeAndre Jordan. Crawford scored 15 points in the half and Jordan scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin each scored eight points and Paul doled out seven assists; Griffin had just two rebounds.

This is a very difficult place to play as Portland (30-8) is 18-3 at home, so this was a good half for the Clippers (25-13). The question is, can the Clippers sustain their play for another half?

Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 22 points in the half. Damian Lillard had just three points.

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Doc Rivers says his team’s four technical fouls Sunday were out of frustration

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Jamal Crawford received one of four technical fouls levied the Clippers on Sunday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Sunday received four technical fouls in their 104-90 loss to the visiting Miami Heat. DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul were T’d up in the first quarter, Matt Barnes in the third and Jamal Crawford not quite midway through the fourth quarter when the Clippers were down by 12 points.

Coach Doc Rivers, in so many words, admitted the four technicals might have been a result of his team being irritated by their struggles in the game.

“It was part of the frustration,” he said. “I don’t think the refs had anything to do with this game, that’s for sure. But when you’re tired, frustrated, that happens. I don’t like the techs, I thought they were quick techs; the first two, for sure. But it doesn’t matter, they were still techs.”

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Blake Griffin says Saturday’s win over Dallas a good one, but won’t rank it

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Blake Griffin scored 22 points to lead the Clippers on Saturday afternoon/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin’s Clippers on Saturday afternoon had just routed the Dallas Mavericks 120-100 after leading by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Since the Clippers have struggled against winning teams and were just 1-4 in their previous five such games heading in, Griffin was asked where this victory ranks this season.

“It is a good win,” he said. “I’m not really into ranking wins, but this is definitely a good win. Hopefully, we can build on it.”

Griffin scored 22 points to lead the Clippers, who had all five starters and sixth-man Jamal Crawford score in double figures.

Crawford scored 19, Matt Barnes had 18 points, Chris Paul had 17 points with 13 assists, J.J. Redick scored 16 and DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

The Clippers (25-12) next play host to the Miami Heat (15-21) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

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