Jamal Crawford on team’s recent play: ‘We’re just playing harder’

Blake Griffin goes up for two of his 26 points in Sunday’s victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves/Associated Press photo by Mark J. Terrill


It didn’t take Jamal Crawford long to answer when he was asked to talk about Sunday’s 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.

“I think we are just playing harder,” said Crawford, whose team has won three of its past four ahead of Monday night’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers. “We were also able to sustain the energy through two halves of the game, which enabled us to put ourselves in a pretty good position.”

Clippers snap 3-game losing streak with 111-94 win at Denver

DeAndre Jordan

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.

The Clippers had only seven turnovers.

Five things to take from Clippers’ 91-80 loss to Toronto Raptors

Doc Rivers is bugged about a call made during Sunday’s 91-80 loss to Toronto at Staples Center/Staff photo by Steve McCrank


– As good as Blake Griffin has been, he was bound to have a poor game and it came in this one. Early foul trouble limited him to just under 30 minutes and he took just 10 shots, making four and finishing with nine points. He grabbed six rebounds and doled out four assists, but also had six turnovers. Definitely, it was not his night. Griffin is averaging 24.8 points.

– Speaking of turnovers, the Clippers had 19 of them. That’s way too many. Chris Paul had three as the starters had 14 of the 19. The Raptors had 14 total.

– One interesting statistic came in the shooting percentages. The Clippers shot 39.2 percent, the Raptors just 37.2. The game was won at the free-throw line, where Toronto made an incredible 29 of 31 (93.5 percent) with the Clippers making 14 of 20 (75 percent).

DeAndre Jordan had a nice game, with 13 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. But he was the only starter who played up to par. Paul and J.J. Redick scored 13 and 17 points, respectively, but both shot just 5 of 13.

– It didn’t help that Jamal Crawford played 29 minutes off the bench, yet made just 1 of 9 from the field – he was 0 of 6 from 3-point range. Crawford is not shooting just 28.3 percent from beyond the arc. He has a career percentage of 34.9.

BONUS TAKE – It was Josh Smith who was involved in a shouting match with an unspecified assistant coach in the locker room after the game. Perhaps anger is what this team needs to start playing well.

Clippers again fall apart down the stretch, fall 102-91 at Portland

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points in Friday’s loss at Portland/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


Perhaps still hurting from Thursday’s  collapse against the Golden State Warriors, the Clippers on Friday again fell apart down the stretch, this time at Portland.

Down by just a point with 4:13 to play, the Trail Blazers outscored the Clippers 16-6 to emerge with a 102-91 victory at Portland.

The Clippers are now 6-6 after starting 4-0.

The Trail Blazers led 86-85 after a basket by the Clippers’ Blake Griffin. Portland embarked on a 14-2 run for a 100-87 lead with 1:46 to go.

The Clippers had turnovers by J.J. Redick and Griffin during that stretch. It was Redick’s first game after missing the previous three with back spasms. Redick scored seven points on 3 of 12 shooting.

Paul Pierce was rested and did not play. That gave the start to Lance Stephenson, who rode the pine against Golden State and the game before that played less than two minutes against the Detroit Pistons. Stephenson scored two points in 18 minutes.

Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points and Jamal Crawford scored 20 off the bench. DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Chris Paul had 11 points on 4 of 12 shooting, and eight assists.

Also off the bench, Josh Smith had eight rebounds and two blocks and Austin Rivers scored 10.

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 27 points, 11 in the fourth quarter – nine of those on 3-pointers.

Portland (5-9) entered having lost seven consecutive games.


DeAndre Jordan a fan of scoring machine that is Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford

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.

Blake Griffin likes the way team came through against Pistons

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


The Clippers on Saturday afternoon trailed the Detroit Pistons by 17 points midway through the second quarter at Staples Center. The Clippers were again without injured starting guards Chris Paul (groin strain) and J.J. Redick (back spasms), so things did not look good.

But the Clippers – behind the offense of Jamal Crawford (37 points) and Blake Griffin (34 points) and a vastly improved second-half defense – came back to defeat the Pistons 101-96.

Griffin liked the way his team hung in there.

“I was really proud of the way we talked to each other out there,” he said. “We stayed focused, our talk was positive and we executed down the stretch.”