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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Chris Paul to host sixth charity celebrity bowling tournament Jan. 8 in Torrance

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

 

Chris Paul on Jan. 8 will host his sixth annual CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Charity Bowling Tournament at AMF Bowl-O-Drome in Torrance. The proceeds will benefit Paul’s CP3 Foundation.

Paul, an avid bowler and owner of a team in the Professional Bowlers Association League, is expected to compete. As are former NFL star Terrell Owens and Pete Weber, a member of the PBA Hall of Fame, to name a few.

Tickets for the event may be purchased online at www.pba.com/tickets.

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Doc Rivers has high praise for effort of Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis on Monday

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Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis had a nice game Monday in a victory over Detroit/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Coach Doc Rivers had high praise for the effort of Glen “Big Baby” Davis in Monday night’s 113-91 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons.

Davis scored eight points on 4 of 5 shooting. He also had four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 19 minutes off the bench.

“Glen was great,” Rivers said. “We told him to play as hard as he could and when you get tired, give us a signal. He did it twice, which was great. I love when a player plays hard enough to come out of the game. That is always a good sign.”

 

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 113-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons

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Chris Paul had just one turnover in Monday night’s victory over Detroit/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- The Clippers are still having head-scratching lapses of focus. There they were, coming off two consecutive road losses and they were down by nine points to the lowly Pistons in the first quarter. Then they get tuned in and eveutally lead by as many as 27 points early in the fourth quarter. Kind of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team at times.

- Jamal Crawford was 0 of 6 from the field. But ever the consummate professional, Crawford made all five of his free throws, doled out seven assists and made a steal while committing just one tunover in nearly 28 minutes of action.

- Although Chris Paul did not have a terrific game from a scoring standpoing – he scored 11 points, well under his 17.4 average – he had only one turnover in 24 minutes. That was on the heels of him having six turnovers in each of his two previous games – losses at Washington and Milwaukee.

- Jordan Farmar picked a terrific time to have his best game as a member of the Clippers. He made his first five shots and scored 15 points with five assists in 23 minutes off the bench. This was key because backup post Spencer Hawes and his offense was out for the second consecutive game because of a bruised left knee, and because Crawford did not provide his usual offensive punch off the bench.

- The Clippers also got nice bench play from the likes of Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Hedo Turkoglu. They scored a combined 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Davis was 4 of 5 from the field for eight points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals.

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Chris Paul, actor Kevin Hart to host Toys ‘R’ Us holiday shopping spree

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

 

Chris Paul and actor/comedian Kevin Hart on Tuesday will spread some holiday cheer when they host an event at the Toys “R” Us in Torrance, where 100 Los Angeles-area children will be treated to a shopping spree, courtesy of Paul’s CP3 Foundation.

Each child in the mix will receive a $100 gift card to shop at Toys “R” Us beginning at 4 p.m.

 

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Documentary on Clippers will debut Wednesday on NBA TV

Clippers sign Doc Rivers to contract extension

Doc Rivers, left, and owner Steve Ballmer/Staff photo by David Crane

 

NBA TV’s “The Association: Los Angeles Clippers” will debut on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

The documentary – through practices, games and off-the-court – will provide an in-depth look at the Clippers as they try to contend with a tough Western Conference.

Coach Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan – among others – will appear in the episode, which is the second installment of this series that will study a variety of NBA teams.

 

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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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Matt Barnes fined $25,000; Clippers down 51-42 at halftime at Milwaukee

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Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Clippers small forward Matt Barnes on Saturday was fined $25,000 for kicking a water bottle into the stands and directing profane language toward fans with 2:09 left in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 104-96 loss at Washington on Friday, it was announced by Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations for the NBA.

Meanwhile, the Clippers (16-6) had a rather poor first half at Milwaukee (11-12) on Saturday and were behind 51-42 at halftime.

The Clippers are without backup post Spencer Hawes, who Saturday sustained a bruised knee.

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Washington snaps Clippers’ nine-game winning streak with 104-96 victory

The Washington Wizards halted the Clippers’ nine-game winning streak by defeating Los Angeles 104-96 at Verizon Center on Friday night in Washington D.C.

The Clippers (16-6) were held to 42.7 percent shooting by the Wizards (16-6), who themselves shot 48.8 percent.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Blake Griffin scored 14, but he had just two rebounds. Jamal Crawford contributed 12 points, but he shot just 2 of 13 from the field.

Bradley Beal led everyone with 29 points. John Wall had 10 points and 11 assists.

 

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