Game #70 | March 22, 2014
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

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POINTS REBOUNDS ASSISTS STEALS BLOCKS
28 12 15 6 5
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26

29

15

33

103

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36

20

24

32

112


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LOS ANGELES – Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combined for arguably their most efficient game of the season, leading the Clippers past the Detroit Pistons, 112-103, on Saturday night at Staples Center, extending their home winning streak to seven games.

On a night when he reached his 6,000th career assist, Paul, who was nursing a variety of nagging injuries heading into the a four-day break in the schedule, scored a game-high 28 points with 15 assists, four rebounds and six steals. It was the first time a player has had such all-around stats in a game since Gary Payton on Mar. 31, 2000.

“It wasn’t just focus from me,” Paul said. “I think it was our team. After having four or five days off we just knew that we needed to come back in and try to get another streak started.”

Griffin added 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. He went 12-for-17 from the field, a game after missing 18 shots in Denver. Matt Barnes had 14 points, Darren Collison scored 11 and Danny Granger scored 14 on 5-of-9 shooting off the bench.

The break paid off for the Clippers (49-21). They not only won for the 12th time in 13 games, following a 10-point loss in Denver Monday, but also got Collison and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Jamal Crawford back.

Crawford made his return to the lineup after missing eight of the last nine games with a strained left calf. He played 33 minutes off the bench and finished with nine points, four assists and four rebounds.

“I was rusty, obviously,” Crawford said. “I missed almost a month, but it was just good to be back out there. I think the more I’m out there the more the rust will come off. I missed shots I normally make.”

Crawford went 4-for-13 from the field. However, the Clippers overall shot 54.2 percent and connected on 11 of their 29 3-pointers, led by Paul and Granger, who made three apiece.

After the Clippers rolled off 36 first-quarter points to earn a lead as large as 13, the Pistons scored 23 of the first 32 points of the second. But after taking a one-point lead into the locker room, the Clippers responded.

The defense, which allowed the Pistons to shoot 50.0 percent in the second quarter, pitched a shutout over the first 4:57 of the third. And Detroit made just three field goals over a nine-minute span. The stretch was epitomized by two consecutive possessions that ended in blocked shots, one in which the Pistons used a majority of the shot clock and Barnes swatted away a 3-point attempt by Josh Smith and followed by Griffin knocking away a layup attempt by Brandon Jennings in transition a play later.

Detroit shot 22.7 percent in the third quarter overall, and were outscored, 24-15. After earning 32 points in the paint in the first half, the league’s best team in points in the paint per game did not score on the interior in the third.

“The third quarter I thought [the defense] was phenomenal,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought we turned it on. I was worried about this game because you take four days off you’re going to be sloppy and late on a lot of stuff. I thought we were that. I thought we were tired a lot because you’re not in game condition any more when you have that many days off.

“I liked the way we came out and kind of imposed our defensive will in the third quarter. That got us the lead and we were good from there.”

NOTES

The Clippers are 30-5 at home, best in the Western Conference… They have won five in a row overall against Detroit… DeAndre Jordan had nine points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots… The Clippers blocked 10 shots and had 13 steals. They scored 30 points off turnovers… Jonas Jerebko led the Pistons with 22 points off the bench… The Clippers have had a double-digit rebounder in a franchise record 46 straight games… Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Jim Carey, Olympic Gold Medalist Rafer Johnson and Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas were among those in attendance…

QUOTES

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Thoughts on point guard, Chris Paul 

“Chris [Paul] is an amazing point guard, one of the best of all time. He played in front of one of the best of all time tonight in Isaiah [Thomas]. Very similar in a lot of ways, the ball handling. I think Chris, Isaiah, Kyrie [Irving], as far as just unbelievable pure ball handling. There are not a lot of guys in that; they have their own little area. That’s good; I didn’t know that about the assists [Chris Paul’s 6000 career-assists]. It doesn’t surprise me especially when you think about that number at his age, that’s pretty impressive.” 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Team defense 

“In the first half I thought we were sketchy but in the third quarter, I thought it was phenomenal. I thought that we turned it on. I was worried about this game… When you take four days off, you’re going to be sloppy and late on a lot of stuff. I thought we were that. I thought we were tired a lot because you just are not in game-condition any more when you have that many days off. I saw a lot of that. I like the way we came out and kind of imposed our defense in the third quarter. That got us the lead and we were good from there.” 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Andre Drummond, DeAndre Jordan matchup 

“I thought DJ [DeAndre Jordan] was great. I don’t love matchup stuff because we ask DJ to do a lot of things. Even though he starts out on [Andre] Drummond, he’s up showing on pick-and-rolls, he’s rotating out to Josh Smith. There’s a great chance that if Drummond scores, it may not be on DJ, or even get a rebound. DJ was great.” 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Thoughts on second half

“We obviously had a poor second quarter. I felt like we can’t give up games like that or give up leads like that. I thought the coaches gave us the right talk in the locker room at halftime and we responded in the right way.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Doc Rivers’ halftime speech 

“Doc [Rivers] said we had a whole lot of unnecessary energy. I think their [coaches] point was just that when things started going bad, when they made a run, we just kind of had bad energy. We didn’t put our heads down and work harder we just kind of gave up, and that’s on me just as much as anybody. So I’m proud of how we responded.” 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Playing after a four day break

“We had two great practices, Thursday and Friday, and really got after it. So I don’t think it was because we didn’t prepare, but we’ll take the win no matter what.” 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Chris Paul’s 6,000 assist 

“It says a lot about him. That’s a great accomplishment, and obviously he still has a lot more left to do, but it’s fun playing with a guy that makes the game easier for you like that.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Comparisons to Isaiah Thomas 

“Isaiah [Thomas] is one of the greatest, one of the best ever to play the game. I’m not as quick or as fast as he ever was, or as crafty. I always have this burning image in my head of Isaiah Thomas, he was splitting a double team and he kept doing these little crossovers. He’s unreal. Zeke [Isaiah Thomas] won a championship though. I think the thing that I’ve always admired most about him and the guys like Allen Iverson is that they were like iron men. I’ll never forget that game when his ankle was hurt, and he was just running circles around everybody. It shows competitiveness.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: 6,000 assists 

“It’s cool, it’s an honor. But I think I’m one of those people who will always say what would it be if I wasn’t hurt all the time. So I think that’s the toughest part. But it’s cool. I think I’ll definitely look back on it later. I don’t know what it means in the grand scheme of things, I didn’t even know I had 6,000 tonight. I think I’m just so focused on winning games and not the individual achievements.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Overall thoughts on the game 

“We just knew that we needed to come back in and try to get another streak started. We didn’t want to come out flat, and I think we did alright.” 

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD

RE: Isaiah Thomas’ attendance 

“He said he was surprising me for my first game back. I played for him in New York, obviously. So it was really cool for him to come and surprise me like that.” 

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD

RE: Chris Paul’s comparison to Isaiah Thomas 

“I just think sometimes every generation you see players that are similar. Like I say, there’s only one Michael Jordan but I think Kobe [Bryant] is the closest player we’ll ever see to [Michael] Jordan. And I think there’s only one Isaiah Thomas, but for this generation I think Chris [Paul] is the closest player we’ll see to him. I think his moxie, his toughness, his leadership, how he can control the game, those are all things that Isaiah [Thomas] used to do. Being a little guy and winning championships like Isaiah [Thomas] did, I think that inspires Chris [Paul]. I’m sure that was one of his favorite players growing up, and he’s had a direct effect on him.” 

CLIPPERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER

RE: Playing after four day break 

“We’ve been playing every other day. So we’ve had a few days off and maybe that first half was a little bit of that but we still have to come out and play our own game from the beginning.” 

CLIPPERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER

RE: Home court advantage 

“It’s been fun not losing here and we haven’t lost since I’ve been here. I hope we can keep it that way but establishing home court is huge, especially when it comes to playoffs.” 

CLIPPERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER

RE: Growing comfortable with the Clippers 

“I’m still just adjusting but like I said, I’m having good stretches and I shot really well tonight. I have been shooting well lately. Still having some slips on the defensive end, but for the most part it’s going well.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“It started off a little sloppy and we’ve had a break, so we had to shake the rust off in the first half. I think we did a better job playing defense in the third quarter and playing at our tone and our pace.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD DENADRE JORDAN

RE: Matchup with Andre Drummond

“Having a young big out there that’s playing well and is going to be competition, I love that. I know that every night [Andre Drummond] is going to come and play hard and give me a challenge. I’m pretty sure I give him a challenge as well. So we’ll have some battles for years to come.” 

CLIPPERS FORWARD DENADRE JORDAN                        

RE: Record for most consecutive games with a player having double-digit rebounds

“We’ve have to keep building on it because that is what knocked us out last year. We gave up too many rebounds, too many offensive rebounds but now as a team we are getting better. We can’t get on run and score the way we can without controlling the glass.” 

PISTONS HEAD COACH JOHN LOYER

RE: Overall thoughts on the third quarter 

“[The Clippers] are a veteran team that I thought turned the pressure up defensively. It wasn’t so much what we did defensively. Our offense didn’t allow our defense to be in the game. We kind of just played scattered basketball for a three minute stretch. And that’s what good teams do – they turned up the pressure, they converted, they got easy baskets, and we didn’t stay disciplined enough in just a small stretch after being very disciplined for twenty-four minutes to withstand that type of pressure. It’s a credit to them. It’s something we have got to get better at.” 

PISTONS HEAD COACH JOHN LOYER

RE: Jonas Jerebko’s performance 

“Jonas [Jerebko] was very good. What Jonas can do, he’s a very good player. He shot the ball extremely well, he always plays with tremendous energy, and he moved the ball. When Jonas plays with what he’s very good at, he’s a good player.” 

PISTONS HEAD COACH JOHN LOYER

RE: Andre Drummond’s performance 

“I thought Andre [Drummond] was very solid. I thought he screened very well, shot at the rim very well. Of course he always shoots a very high percentage. He had a nice little jump hook going in the lane. Andre, for a young player, you pretty much know what you’re going to get every night.” 

PISTONS FORWARD JONAS JEREBKO

RE: His own performance 

“It’s tough to lose the game, so I can’t be too happy about it, but at least I saw the ball go through the rim a couple of times. It made the game come a lot easier to me.” 

PISTONS FORWARD JONAS JEREBKO

RE: His role on the team 

“I am just trying to stay ready when my name is called and trying to take care of my minutes. Today I was out there a little longer than usual, and I like to be out there. So I’m just trying to work as hard as I can in practice, and when the game comes just trying to stay ready.” 

PISTONS GUARD WILL BYNUM

RE: Overall thoughts on the game

“In that first half, we did a great job executing possessions and getting the ball to the right people. They just jumped out on us in the third quarter.”

PISTONS GUARD WILL BYNUM

RE: Overall thoughts on the third quarter 

“[The Clippers] jumped out in the third quarter, jumped out to a double-digit lead. From that point out, it’s such a good team, so we’re playing catch-up and it’s just hard to respond.” 

PISTONS GUARD WILL BYNUM

RE: Team struggles 

“We definitely need to share the ball a lot more. Defensively we have to be a whole lot better. For the size that we have, we have a lot of lapses on the defensive end on the court, and that’s critical to win.”

 

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PREVIEW

By: Eric Patten | Follow @EricPatten


With their 11-game winning streak in the books, the Clippers (48-21) are primed to start another one. They have won 13 of their last 16 games and have won six in a row at home, one shy of matching their season high.

On Saturday the Detroit Pistons (25-43) make their only visit to Staples Center. They enter eight of 10 games in March, including four in a row. They are in the midst of a four-game Western Conference road trip. 

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP

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BLAKE GRIFFIN VS. GREG MONROE


Griffin

G

PPG

ORPG

RPG

APG

FG%

FT%

2013-14

69

24.3

2.5

9.7

3.7

.530

.705

vs. DET

6

20.2

2.3

10.5

3.2

.595

.512

vs. Monroe

6

20.2

2.3

10.5

3.2

.595

.512

 

Monroe

G

PPG

ORPG

RPG

APG

FG%

FT%

2013-14

68

14.9

3.0

9.2

2.1

.506

.659

vs. LAC

6

9.3

2.0

6.2

2.3

.469

.667

vs. Griffin

6

9.3

2.0

6.2

2.3

.469

.667

THREE THINGS TO WATCH ON PRIME TICKET

- Both teams are among the league’s best at converting turnovers into baskets. The Clippers are second in the league, averaging 19.6 points per game off turnovers, while Detroit is fourth (18.9). Part of that is predicated on each team having players who can create steals. For the Clippers it’s Chris Paul, the league’s leader in thefts. Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith account for more combined steals than Paul, which helps Detroit get into the open court.

- The Pistons average a league-leading 52.6 points per game in the paint. Only the Rockets score more than 50 points per game among the 29 teams behind Detroit. Their inside presence is their primary source of offense. They shoot just 44.8 percent from the field overall and are the league’s second poorest 3-point shooting team (31.3 percent). On the contrary, the Clippers allow 44.4 points per game in the paint (24th in the league).

- Paul is just four assists away from reaching 6,000 for his career. Once Paul hits the milestone, he will be the seventh player in NBA history to top 6,000 career assists before the end of his ninth season. Jason Kidd was the last player to accomplish the feat (2003). John Stockton, Magic Johnson, Norm Nixon, Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas are the others. Additionally, Paul will be the fourth player in league history to reach 6,000 assists before his 29th birthday, joining Johnson, Thomas and Stockton.

NOTES

Griffin, Jordan and Paul lead the league in double-doubles amongst a trio of teammates with 109. Drummond, Greg Monroe and Brandon Jennings are second with 90… The Clippers are 29-5 at home. They are three wins short of tying the 2012-13 team for the most home wins in franchise history… Detroit is 10-21 on the road… Entering Friday the Pistons were 1-5 in the second game of a road back-to-back this season… Griffin has scored 20 points or more 27 consecutive games… The Clippers have won four in a row overall against the Pistons…

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Glen Davis: “[Saturday’s] a good chance to pick up where we left off and get back on the winning side of things.”

Blake Griffin: “I feel great. I feel really good. Still got a bad taste in our mouth, but a couple days of good practice and a couple more games, we’re back at it.”

INJURY UPDATE

LAC: Jamal Crawford (calf) and Darren Collison (stomach virus) are both expected to play. J.J. Redick (back) will likely miss his 19th game in a row.

DET: Josh Harrellson (knee) and Chauncey Billups (knee) are out. Drummond (neck) is questionable.  

REGULAR SEASON SERIES HISTORY

All Time: 37-69 (Home: 24-29, Road: 13-40)
2013-14: 1-0
Current Overall Streak: Won 4

Home Streak: Won 2
Last Win: Mar. 10, 2013 (129-97)
Last Loss: Nov. 12, 2010 (107-113)

Largest Margin of Victory:
Home: 32 (129-97), Mar. 10, 2013

Largest Margin of Defeat:
Home: 30 (73-103), Mar. 1, 2008

SEASON SERIES

Jan. 20, 2013 at The Palace of Auburn Hills: Clippers 112, Pistons 103 
Mar. 22, 2014 at Staples Center

LAST TIME OUT


RECAP | BOX SCORE

Clippers Leaders:

Pts: Paul 29
Reb: Griffin 12
Ast: Paul 7

Last Time Out



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DETROIT PISTONS

Pistons Leaders:

Pts: Stuckey 23
Reb: Drummond 16
Ast: Bynum 9

 

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