Game #34 | January 1, 2014
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA
LOS ANGELES – For 24 minutes, the Clippers’ first game of 2014 looked a lot like their final two of the past calendar year: an opponent below them in the standings holding a second-quarter lead and the Clippers struggling to get stops.
But an overwhelming defensive second half, some deadeye shooting from Jared Dudley and double-doubles by superstars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin turned a tie game into a 112-85 rout over the Bobcats New Year’s Day at Staples Center.
It was their second win in the last five games, and helped wipe away their most lopsided loss of the season two nights earlier.
Dudley scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range, emerging from a three-game slump that somewhat mirrored the Clippers’ struggles. He burst out of it, though, when the Clippers (22-12) needed it Wednesday. Dudley made all four of his shots in the third quarter, scoring 11 points and helping the Clippers earn a 13-point lead after the scrappy Bobcats (14-19) hung around early.
Dudley’s hot streak coincided with a defensive effort from the Clippers that was as dominant as any this season. They held Charlotte to 29 points in the second half and just nine made field goals from the 52.6-second mark of the second quarter to the game’ final buzzer. Both numbers were season lows for a Clippers’ opponent.
“I thought the second half was the full standard that we want to play at where we score and get stops,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “We held them to 29. That’s who I want to be. The first half we were shooting 50-whatever percent but it was a tie game. I didn’t really enjoy that half, but the second half was fantastic.”
The Clippers made stops on seven of the first nine possessions of the third quarter and Griffin and Dudley scored a dozen of the Clippers’ points in their 19-6 run.
Griffin, who a year ago had a parade of dunks when Charlotte visited Staples Center, did most of his damage from the perimeter. He made four consecutive shots from outside in the fourth quarter and converted his seventh 3-pointer of the year a few possessions later. He finished with a game-high 31 points and 12 rebounds. It was the third game with 30 points or more in the last four outings for the two-time Western Conference Player of the Week.
“We have the utmost confidence in [Griffin],” Paul said. “It was great to see it all come together tonight because tonight that was unreal. [The Bobcats] didn’t know what to do.”
Paul added 17 points and 14 assists and Darren Collison had eight points and five assists off the bench.
The Clippers moved to 6-5 all-time on New Year’s Day and 4-2 since they moved to Los Angeles… Guard Maalik Wayns was active for the first time since tearing his meniscus on Oct. 14 during a preseason game in Sacramento… Jamal Crawford, who had 11 points, addressed crowd prior to the game. “Let’s have a blessed new year and make this year better than last year,” he said… The Clippers are 13-1 when Dudley scores at least 10 points… All five starters scored in double figures for Charlotte, led by Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker who had 14 apiece… The Clippers have defeated the Bobcats six consecutive times and are undefeated against them since the start of the 2010-11 season…
|Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on the game:
“It feels better because we know how we felt playing last game and that’s not the type of ball club we want to be. We try to accomplish our goal but I feel tonight it was a lot better. We still have more work to do, we still have a couple lapses here and there in this game, we just got to be able to pick those up.”
|Clippers guard Jamal Crawford on Blake Griffin’s performance:
“[Chris Paul] was feeding it to him in some great situations. Blake [Griffin] jumped up there and knocked them down. When he’s rolling like that, it’s fun to watch. Those two play so great together and we just feed off of it.”
|Clippers forward Jared Dudley on his mindset heading into Charlotte game:
“I think the ball movement, and for me personally I came in with the mindset of being aggressive. But we talked about in practice (we had a hard practice, and watched film) I think we were 20-for-59 on one side against the Phoenix Suns and 8-for-11 when the ball went side to side. So you’ve got to be aggressive, and obviously you’ve got to make shots. For me there are games where I’m 2-for-5 or 1-for-6, so for me it’s putting a couple down and having confidence in my teammates.”
|Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford on the Clippers:
“We played a championship-caliber team. They played a great second half. I thought we played well in the first half. Then they turned up the defense in the second half, our turnovers hurt us, and Blake Griffin shot the ball great. Sometimes against a team the caliber of this, they get it going. We’ll learn from it, watch the film, try to get better.”
|Clippers head coach Doc Rivers on whether or not the Clippers’ effort a reflection from Monday’s game:
“I think it’s the effort that we should play with. At the end, the other night was the other night. That’s gone, I don’t think about that anymore. You come out and play the next night? What if you have won by 15 the other night, do you not play the next night. We are trying to establish a standard of play and the other night was below the standard that we should play at. That’s the way I look at it.”
- Bobcats vs. ClippersBlake Griffin goes for 31 points and 12 rebounds in the Clippers 112-85 win over the Bobcats.
- DeAndre Jordan Postgame 1/1The Clippers turned up the defensive energy in the third quarter to secure a win over Charlotte.
- CP3 DimesWatch as Chris Paul hands out some of his 14 assists in the Clippers win over the Bobcats.
- Nightly Notable - Blake GriffinClippers' power forward Blake Griffin scores a season-high 40 pointsto lead the Clippers to victory.
- Jordan's BlockDeAndre Jordan rotates over on defense and picks up the block on the layup attempt.
- Dunk of the Night - DeAndre JordanJared Dudley drives baseline and makes the no-look pass feeding DeAndre Jordan in the lane for the nasty throwdown.
- Blake's Big NightBlake Griffin explodes for 31 points in the Clippers' win over the Bobcats.
- Blake Griffin Postgame - 1/1/14Blake Griffin addresses the media following the win over Charlotte.
- Doc Rivers Postgame - 1/1/14Doc Rivers addresses the media following the win over Charlotte.
- Chris Paul Postgame - 1/1/14Chris Paul addresses the media following the win over Charlotte.
- Amazing DunkJared Dudley drives and dishes to DeAndre Jordan for the power dunk.
- Bobcats vs. Clippers: First halfChris Paul has 17 points in the first half as the Bobcats and Clippers are tied at 56 at halftime.
- Pregame: Doc Rivers | 1/1/14Doc Rivers addresses the media before the Clippers take on the Bobcats tonight at 7:30 PM PST. Visit http://www.clippers.com and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel today!
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- DeAndre Jordan Dec 31DeAndre Jordan talks to media at Clippers practice Tuesday.
- Clippers Highlights vs SunsThe Clippers top plays vs the Suns
- DeAndre Jordan PostgameAfter a tough loss to the Suns, DeAndre Jordan says the Clippers have work to do.
- Collison Postgame vs PHXDarren Collison talks about the Clippers loss to Phoenix.
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By: Eric Patten | Follow @EricPatten