Five things to take from Clippers’ 113-92 victory over Charlotte Hornets

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Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin had 22 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in Monday’s victory at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- It was good to see Blake Griffin come back with a terrific game after stinking up the joint a night earlier in Memphis when he scored just 12 points on 5 of 17 shooting and grabbed just four rebounds. Against Charlotte, he came back with 22 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and nine assists. He was nearly the ferocious player Clippers fans have come to know.

- Good shooting is contagious, and vice versa. The Clippers shot 51.1 percent (45 of 88) from the field overall, 46.9 percent (15 of 32) from 3-point range. To top it off, the Clippers were 8 of 10 from the free-throw line, an 80-percent clip.

- What do you know? The Clippers won the battle of the boards, too. They had 43 rebounds to just 33 for Charlotte. Even with that, the Clippers ranked 29th in the league in  rebounding at 37.4 per game. Only Miami (36.4) is worse.

- We don’t want to take anything away from this victory. But just to be real, the Hornets (4-11) have now lost six consecutive games, so a victory over them was expected as much as anything. The same can be said for Wednesday’s game at Detroit (3-10). Of the three games the Clippers have won on this trip – Orlando, Miami and Charlotte – chances are only Miami (8-6) will make the playoffs. The one loss so far on the seven-game trip was to Western Conference-leading Memphis (12-2).

- Jamal Crawford continues to be that ultimate weapon off the bench. The two-time Sixth Man of the Year scored 21 points. He made 8 of 13 from the field, 5 of 8 from 3-point range as he moved into 10th-place all-time in made 3-pointers with 1,723. Crawford is averaging 17.6 points, third on the team behind Griffin (22.2) and Chris Paul (18.6).

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Jamal Crawford impressed with Blake Griffin’s play Monday in Charlotte

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Blake Griffin playing hard in the paint Monday at Charlotte/Photo by Associated Press

 

When Blake Griffin took the floor Monday to help his team take on the struggling Charlotte Hornets, he was coming off a rather poor effort a day earlier in a 107-91 loss at Memphis. In that one, Griffin had just 12 points on 5 of 17 shooting and the 6-foot-10 power forward grabbed a measly four rebounds; he also had four of the team’s 10 turnovers.

Monday was a different story. Griffin scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and doled out nine assists in a 113-92 victory at Charlotte. Griffin still struggled a bit with his shot, making 10 of 23. But the back-to-back performances were night and day. Teammate Jamal Crawford noticed.

“Tonight he was forceful and dominant,” Crawford, who had 21 points of his own and moved into 10th-place on the all-time list for made 3-pointers, said post-game. “Inside his energy was that he came out on a mission, and we just followed him.”

Crawford now has 1,723 3-point baskets. He surpassed the 1,719 made by Dale Ellis, who played six-plus of his 17 NBA seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics. Crawford, a Seattle native, recalled taking in a game in which Ellis was terrific.

“I was at a game in Seattle when he hit nine 3s,” said Crawford, in his 15th season. “To me, I’m not in that level of shooting. So to hear those names, its unbelievable. Last year I passed Steve Nash.”

The Lakers’ Nash is 12th all-time with 1,685 3-point baskets.

Crawford’s career shooting percentage from 3-point range is 35.1, Ellis’ was 40.3

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Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes give their feelings on Ferguson via social media

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With the turmoil in Ferguson, Mo. resulting from the grand jury decision Monday not to prosecute a white police officer – Darren Wilson – for shooting and killing Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American, on Aug. 9, we are keeping an eye out for Clippers players tweeting out their thoughts on the matter.

Sixth-man Jamal Crawford had this tweet:

“In life we have to remember what’s really important, thoughts and prayers with Ferguson …”

Here’s another from forward Matt Barnes:

“So it’s okay to kill people……….? As long as the person being killed is of color & the person…”

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Dynamic duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin was quite impressive Monday

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Blake Griffin goes up for a shot in Monday’s victory at Charlotte/Photo by Associated Press

 

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were quite the dynamic duo in Monday’s 113-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Griffin scored 22 points with a season-high 16 rebounds and nine assists. Paul had 22 points, a season-high 15 assists and five rebounds. Paul shot 10 of 16 from the field and passed Lakers great Jerry West on the all-time assists list. Paul is now 25th with 6,241.

“We had good shooting and made open shots,” coach Doc Rivers said. “Blake and Chris set the tone for us on both ends of the court.”

The Clippers – now 3-1 on this seven-game road trip – shot 51.1 percent from the field, 46.9 (15 of 32) from 3-point range.

Next up, Wednesday at Detroit at 4:30 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

 

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Chris Paul, Blake Griffin lead Clippers to 113-92 victory at Charlotte

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Chris Paul had 22 points and 15 assists Monday at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Monday night led host Charlotte by just eight points after three quarters, but the Clippers out-scored the Hornets 35-22 in the fourth to emerge with a 113-92 victory at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Clippers (8-5) are now 3-1 on this seven-game road trip. Charlotte falls to 4-11.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 22 points apiece. Griffin also grabbed 16 rebounds and doled out nine assists and Paul had 15 assists. Jamal Crawford contributed 21 points off the bench, J.J. Redick scored 17 points, DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Hedo Turkoglu scored 10 points off the bench.

The Clippers shot 51.1 percent from the field, 46.9 percent (15 of 32) from 3-point range.

Charlotte got 17 points from Cody Zeller off the bench, Al Jefferson scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds and Kemba Walker scored 15 points.

The Hornets shot 41.3 percent from the field, but just 10 percent (2 of 20) from beyond the arc.

The Clippers next play Wednesday at Detroit at 4:30 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

 

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Clippers lead Hornets 56-53 at halftime at Time Warner Cable Arena

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J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick had nine points – all on 3-pointers – for the Clippers in the first half at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin has 12 points, Chris Paul 10 and J.J. Redick nine and the Clippers lead the Charlotte Hornets (4-10) 56-53 at halftime at Charlotte.

The Clippers (7-5) led 31-23 after one quarter, but were out-scored 30-25 by the Hornets in the second.

Griffin also has eight rebounds and six assists and Paul has nine assists.

Cody Zeller leads Charlotte with 11 points off the bench and Al Jefferson has 10.

Los Angeles shot 50 percent in the half, 47.1 (8 of 17) from 3-point range. Charlotte shot 46.3 percent, just 12.5 percent (1 of 8) from beyond the arc.

The Clippers are trying to bounce back from a 107-91 loss at Memphis on Sunday.

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Clippers lead Hornets 31-23 after one quarter; Matt Barnes out with calf injury

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Blake Griffin had 10 points in the first quarter at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers (7-5) are looking good at Charlotte, leading the Hornets 31-23 after one quarter Monday.

Blake Griffin is leading the way for Los Angeles with 10 points. Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford have scored six points apiece.

The Clippers shot 52 percent in the quarter.

Charlotte (4-10) got six points from Al Jefferson.

The Clippers are playing without small forward Matt Barnes, out with a calf injury. Reggie Bullock started in his place.

 

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Chris Paul continues to prove he belongs among game’s elite players

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Chris Paul

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

No one can blame Chris Paul for his team’s 107-91 loss at Memphis on Sunday. He scored 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting, doled out five assists and made four steals. It was Paul’s 45th career game with at least 20 points, 50 percent shooting, five assists and four steals.

Paul ranks first in such games among active players and fifth all-time behind Michael Jordan (83), John Stockton (65), Alvin Robertson (50) and Clyde Drexler (48).

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Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins is Western Conference Player of Week

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DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento has been named Western Conference Player of the Week/Photo courtesy of Sacramento Kings, NBA.com

 

Clippers coach Doc Rivers has said it over and over again – the Western Conference is filled with an incredible amount of talent.

The Sacramento Kings are a good example. They have not made the playoffs since the 2005-06 season, yet they are now a force with which to be reckoned. And their best player, DeMarcus Cousins, on Monday was named Western Conference Player of the Week.

Cousins, a 6-foot-11, 270-pound post, averaged 25.7 points and 16.3 rebounds in leading the Kings to a 2-1 record in games played between Nov. 17 and Nov. 23. Cousins shot 57.7 percent from the field in the three games and also had five blocks. On Saturday, he had his sixth consecutive double-double with 31 points and 18 rebounds in a 113-101 victory over Minnesota.

Sacramento, which went just 28-54 each of the past two seasons, is currently 8-5 and sits in eighth place in the conference standings. The Clippers, at 7-5, are a half-game behind and tied for ninth with New Orleans.

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Doc Rivers says his bigs were not entirely to blame for loss at Memphis

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Zach Randolph of Memphis goes up for a shot during the Grizzlies’ 107-91 victory Sunday over the Clippers/Photo by Associated Press

 

Do the math. Memphis got 30 points and 12 rebounds from post Marc Gasol and 10 points and eight rebounds from power forward Zach Randolph in the Grizzlies’ 107-91 victory over the Clippers on Sunday in Memphis. That’s a combined 40 points and 20 rebounds; Gasol shot 13 of 18, Randolph 5 of 11.

The Clippers got 12 points and just four rebounds from power forward Blake Griffin; he shot just 5 of 17. They got a meager two points and three rebounds from post DeAndre Jordan, who took just two shots and made one. That’s a combined 14 points and seven rebounds.

Suffice to say, the Clippers were thrashed in the battle of the bigs. But coach Doc Rivers wouldn’t put it all on Griffin and Jordan.

“I don’t think it was their entire fault,” Rivers said afterward. “We had great looks that we didn’t make. I thought our guards had trouble in the paint. I thought our bigs had to help a lot tonight. When they have to help  that much, it is not good. I felt bad. It looked like the bigs had a breakdown, but it was really a team breakdown. I thought we got great looks and missed them. We never bounced back.

“Blake Griffin is fine. He has played great the last few games. I think Marc Gasol played great and our team was off. Maybe they took us out of it.”

The Grizzlies at 12-2 have the NBA’s best record.

“I told the guys at the beginning of the year, when you look at the Grizzlies’ record when they are healthy, they are a great team,” Rivers said.

Memphis is 8-0 at home, which is FedExForum.

 

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