Wes Johnson: Clippers need short memory after loss to Denver

Wesley Johnson

Wes Johnson/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers can’t afford to lose games they should win, especially at home. But that’s what happened to them Wednesday night when they were defeated 87-81 by the Denver Nuggets (23-35) at Staples Center.

The Clippers (37-20) took a franchise-record 46 3-point shot attempts and made just 13 for 28.3 percent. Wes Johnson shot just 1 of 7 from beyond the arc. He was bummed, but philosophic.

“We just have to have a short-term memory and move on to the next game,” he said. “The thing about the NBA is that we have to redeem ourselves in the next game.”

J.J. Redick: Saturday’s win over Hornets of ‘grind-it-out’ variety

Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, shoots Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Austin Rivers goes up for a shot while being defended by Charlotte’s Jeremy Lin/AP photo by Mark J. Terrill

 

The Clippers did not have a terrific day shooting the ball Saturday in their 97-83 victory over the visiting Charlotte Hornets. They even trailed 46-43 at halftime after a strong first quarter, after which they led 27-18.

Defense saved the day. The Hornets shot just 36.9 percent from the field, 30.4 percent (7 of 23) from 3-point range.

J.J. Redick, who scored 17 for the Clippers, afterward talked about the team’s stinginess.

“This was just going to be a grind-it-out game,” he said. “After that initial surge we had offensively, it seemed like the game really slowed down. It was a little slow, the pace was not great. Even when we were getting looks, they were not going down.

“Obviously, for us to win we had to embrace the defensive side of the ball and we did that. Three quarters for them under 20 points, is pretty phenomenal.”

The Clippers (24-13) have won eight in a row, the past seven without leading scorer Blake Griffin.

The Clippers shot 44 percent overall, just 25.8 percent (8 of 31) from 3-point range. Paul Pierce missed all eight of his 3-point attempts, Jamal Crawford (19 points) was 1 of 7 and Wes Johnson 1 of 5.

Chris Paul credits teammates for his 19 assists at Portland

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots the ball over Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) during the ...

Chris Paul doled out 19 assists in Wednesday’s victory at Portland. Here, he is playing defense against Portland’s Damian Lillard/AP photo by Steve Dykes

 

Chris Paul had a big night at Portland on Wednesday. Not only did he score 21 points in the Clippers’ seventh consecutive victory – 109-98 over the Trail Blazers – he doled out 19 assists. His career-high is 21 in a Nov. 6, 2007 game against the Lakers when he was with New Orleans/Oklahoma City.

Afterward, Paul gave most of the credit to the guys who actually sink the baskets.

“… I mean, I’ve got the easy part,” he said. “All I have to do is pass and the other guys have the hard part of making the shot. J.J. (Redick) made shots, D.J. (DeAndre Jordan), Paul (Pierce), Wes (Johsnson), all those guys.”

Redick scored 20, Pierce scored 17 and was 5 of 6 from 3-point range and Jordan had 14 points. Paul mentioned Johnson, but Johnson had a poor game, scoring five points on 1 of 7 shooting. Austin Rivers had a good game, with 16 points off the bench on 7 of 10 shooting.

The Clippers (23-13) next host Charlotte on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center.

 

Austin Rivers, DeAndre Jordan lead Clippers to 69-52 halftime cushion over Philadelphia 76ers

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Austin Rivers and DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points apiece and Jordan pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Clippers to a 69-52 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers after one half Saturday night at Staples center.

Chris Paul had 11 points and seven assists and Wes Johnson scored nine – all on 3-pointers. Johnson started in place of Paul Pierce, who is getting a day of rest.

The Clippers, who are 21-13 and have won five in a row, shot 60.5 percent from the field – 60 percent (6 of 10) from 3-point range.

The 76ers, who came in 3-32, got 14 points from Jahlil Okafor off the bench and 11 points and six rebounds from Nerlens Noel.

 

Another big night by J.J. Redick, DeAndre Jordan rebounding lift Clippers to win at New Orleans

Doc Rivers encourages the Clippers during the first half of their 95-89 victory New Years Eve at New Orleans/AP photo by Gerald Herbert

 

The Clippers on New Years Eve continued to play well without Blake Griffin, winning their fourth consecutive game sans their leading scorer with a 95-89 victory at New Orleans.

The Clippers (21-13) have won five in a row, overall.

The Clippers out-rebounded the Pelicans 47-42, with DeAndre Jordan pulling down 20. Jordan also had 11 points and three blocked shots.

J.J. Redick scored 26 points for the second consecutive night to lead the team in scoring. He made 9 of 15 from the field, 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

Chris Paul had a horrible night shooting, making just 3 of 18 from the field, and that was largely responsible for the team’s 38.9 percentage from the field. He did have 12 assists, five rebounds and two steals to go along with nine points.

The bench did its part, scoring 40 points. Jamal Crawford led that unit with 15 points and Austin Rivers scored nine on 3 of 9 shooting. Wes Johnson scored seven, but shot just 3 of 10 – 1 of 7 from beyond the arc.

Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson did not play.

Ryan Anderson led the Pelicans (10-22) with 17 points off the bench. Another reserve, Norris Cole, scored 15. Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans led the New Orleans starters with 14 points apiece. Davis also had 15 rebounds and two blocks.

Chris Paul helps lead Clippers to 108-91 victory over host Wizards

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers and Wizards were without respective – and injured – leading scorers Blake Griffin and Bradley Beal on Monday night in Washington. Apparently, the Wizards missed Beal more than the Clippers missed Griffin because the Clippers emerged with an impressive 108-91 victory.

The Clippers (19-13) led by as many as 26 points (106-80) with 4:15 to play.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 23 points. He also had five rebounds and seven assists. Struggling Jamal Crawford came through with 21 points and shot 9 of 12 – 3 of 5 from 3-point range – off the bench. DeAndre Jordan scored 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. And reserves Wesley Johnson and Cole Aldrich scored 14 and 13, respectively, as the bench came through with 54 points, half of the overall total. With Griffin out, Paul Pierce started and scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds in 17 minutes.

The Clippers shot 52.6 percent, 30.4 percent (7 of 23) from 3-point range.

John Wall led Washington with 23 points and 11 assists. The Wizards (14-15) had won four in a row.

The Clippers have won three consecutive games.