Five things to take from Clippers’ 111-90 victory over Pelicans

J.J. Redick

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  • J.J. Redick had his best game in five since missing three games with back spasms. He scored 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting, 3 of 3 from 3-point range. Afterward, Redick admitted he had yet to find his wind after not doing a thing for eight days during the time he missed. The Clippers need Redick to be all he can be.
  • Josh Smith turned the ball over four times in nearly 22 minutes off the bench. But he made up for it by pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds.
  • Real nice game by reserve guard Austin Rivers. He had 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting with just one turnover in 23 minutes and 38 seconds.
  • Likewise, Lance Stephenson was yet another reserve who played well as the Clippers got it going with both their first and second units. Stephenson scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds, doled out four assists and provided tremendous energy.
  • The Clippers (8-8) were outrebounded 50-49 and still have not outrebounded an opponent this season.

J.J. Redick’s 15 points help lead Clippers to 21-point halftime lead

J.J. Redick

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J.J. Redick scored 15 points and Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 13 apiece to lead the Clippers to a 63-42 halftime lead over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night at Staples Center.

The Clippers, who entered having lost eight of 11 since starting 4-0, shot 54.3 percent from the field.

The Pelicans (4-11) got nine points apiece from Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. New Orleans shot 36.2 percent.


Former Clippers guard Eric Gordon lost a tooth Sunday against former team

Eric Gordon

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It was not the best of days for former Clippers guard Eric Gordon on Sunday. He did not start against the Clippers because he violated team rules. He came off the bench to score 23 points, but his New Orleans Pelicans lost 107-100 and he lost a tooth in the third quarter after apparently being tripped by the Clippers’ Matt Barnes at the 7:17 mark.

“I got tripped up,” Gordon said. “I don’t know exactly what happened. I thought I got fouled, but I just got tripped up, lost control and it was just weird to hit my face on the floor. It was painful, I had a bit of a headache. But I was still going to play, especially in a tough game like this.”

DeAndre Jordan says Clippers won a game Sunday they wouldn’t have two years ago

DeAndre Jordan

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The Clippers got off to a slow start Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans and trailed 13-2 early. Leading 50-43 late in the second quarter, they watched as the Pelicans finished the half on a 10-0 to lead 53-50 at intermission.

The Clippers ended up with a 107-100 victory. DeAndre Jordan noted that it was a good victory for one big reason.

“When we come out and play the way that we should play, we can beat anybody,” said Jordan, who had 12 points and 16 rebounds. “Tonight we came out flat. A couple of years ago, we wouldn’t have won this game. We kept fighting and then we turned it on. We were able to stay in the game mentally and gut out a game.”


OKC’s Kendrick Perkins suspended for Sunday’s game against Clippers

Kendrick Perkins

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The Clppers might have received a little help Saturday from the NBA when it announced it has suspended Oklahoma City’s Kendrick Perkins for Sunday’s game against the visiting Clippers (33-18) because he initiated and made head-to-head contact with New Orleans’ Tyreke Evans during the first quarter of their game Friday won 116-113 by the Pelicans.

Perkins is the backup center for OKC (25-25). He averages just 4.0 points, but 5.6 rebounds.

Five things to take from Clippers’ 108-103 loss Friday at New Orleans

Eric Gordon, guarded by J.J. Redick, puts up a shot. He scored 28 points in New Orleans’ victory over the Clippers on Friday/Photo by Associated Press


– The Clippers have been playing well, so it’s hard to take a shot at them. But to lose this one when New Orleans did not have forward Anthony Davis (groin injury) – one of the top players in the league – has to be tough for them to take. That was Davis cheering from the bench as his team was securing the victory. The Pelicans are 2 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, so they are very hungry.

– The setback cost the Clippers (32-15) in the Western Conference standings. They went from being tied for third with Houston and Portland to tied for fourth with Portland, now a game behind third-place Houston, 2 1/2 games behind second-place Memphis and 5 1/2 behind frontrunning Golden State.

– The Clippers did not guard the 3-point line as well as they could have. The Pelicans shot 52 percent (13 of 25) from beyond the arc and that is not going to cut it. Forward Ryan Anderson and guard Eric Gordon, in particular, torched the Clippers from there. Anderson made 5 of 11 from 3-point range and Gordon was 5 of 7 as he went for a game-high 28 points. The Clippers, on the other hand, made just 25 percent (7 of 28) from long-distance.

– One could also say the Pelicans won this game from the free-throw line. They shot 26 free throws and made 23 for a whopping 88.5 percent. The Clippers, one of the more inferior free-throw shooting teams in tne league, made 12 of 17 for 70.6 percent. DeAndre Jordan was 0 of 2.

– It’s difficult to take a lot of positives from a road loss against a middle-of-the-road team missing its best player. But Chris Paul had a terrific game. He scored a team-high 24 points with seven assists, eight rebounds and three steals while shooting 10 of 20.

BONUS TAKE: The Clippers were outrebouned 51-38 by a team that, again, was sans Davis, who averages a team-high 10.4 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan had 15, Blake Griffin only four. Remember, Paul had eight and at 6-foot he’s 10 inches shorter than Griffin.