Game #60 | February 26, 2014
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

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LOS ANGELES – With the team’s second-leading scorer Jamal Crawford in the locker room with a strained left calf in the second half, the man asked to replace him put the Rockets away.

Darren Collison scored on three consecutive possessions down the stretch, helping the Clippers put away the Houston Rockets, 101-93, Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Collison finished with 19 points, including 17 in the second half, and five assists off the bench as the Clippers (40-20) dispatched the Rockets (39-19) for the third time this season and moved within percentage points of Houston for third place in the Western Conference standings with 22 games remaining.

“This was one of those games where you’re sitting on the bench and saying, ‘Just win the game. Just win the game’ when you lose [Crawford] and stuff like that,” said Chris Paul, who had 14 points, nine assists and two steals. “In this league, it’s all about how you’re playing and we want to play the right way. But you’re just trying to pile up wins to make sure you have home court.”

It was the third win in a row for the Clippers, but had a much different feel than the previous two. After averaging 124 points in road wins over Oklahoma City and New Orleans, the Clippers struggled to reach 100 on Wednesday. They held Houston, a team that had won nine of its last 10, to just 44.2 percent shooting and prevented three of the Rockets’ five starters from reaching double figures.

DeAndre Jordan played a role in that, registering 13 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, and four blocks. With the Clippers up just three in the fourth, Collison nailed a pull-up jumper and Jordan swiped away an entry pass intended for Dwight Howard and found Matt Barnes for a dunk going the other way. The play put L.A. up 90-83 and they rode Collison the rest of the way.

“I think [Collison] was the player of the game,” Jared Dudley said. “Especially, the x-factor.”

Crawford left the game near the end of the first half and did not return. He had just eight points on 2-of-10 shooting when he walked to the locker room in the final minute of the second quarter. He had scored 19 or more points in all but one game since Jan. 17 and made 12 3-pointers in the previous two games.

“Personally, I’m a little concerned because nobody was around,” Rivers said of Crawford’s injury. “And when guys get injured when nobody is around that always scares me. But we’ll know more tomorrow and he said he felt better so I think he’ll be okay.”

Blake Griffin scored a team-high 23 points and added 16 rebounds and three assists.

On the second night of a back-to-back, the Rockets got production from Howard (23 points) and James Harden, who had 18 points a night after scoring 43 in three quarters, but not much else. The other three starters shot just 6-for-19. Their shooting woes were particularly evident early when the Clippers scored the first 10 points of the game and led 17-4 after Rockets head coach Kevin McHale called his second timeout in less than five minutes.

Houston battled back, though, and took a six-point lead in the second quarter, going on an extended run.

“We lost our way after the first seven minutes,” Rivers said. “We had a great rhythm and then we just kind of lost it and never got it back.”

But the Clippers, the highest scoring team in the league at home, found a way to win.

“We got stops when we needed to,” Griffin said. “I just always feel like when we get stops it gives us that momentum.”

And the Clippers carried to a victory at a time in a hotly contested West that every win is meaningful.

REDICK UPDATE

Prior to the game Rivers gave an update on J.J. Redick, who has missed the past nine games with a bulging disc in his lower back.

“I think he’s feeling better. But I just don’t know if the date they [said] he is coming back has changed. Is he closer? I don’t know the answer.”

NOTES

The Clippers were 8-for-25 from 3-point range after converting 29 in the past two games… Jordan is the first Clipper since Elton Brand in 2007 to have at least 13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals and four blocks in a single game… The Clippers are 24-5 at home, which is best in the West and second in the NBA (Indiana, 27-3)… Houston committed 20 turnovers, leading to 30 points… The Clippers had a dozen steals for a league-high 37th time since 2011-12… Lil Wayne, Floyd Mayweather, Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde were among those in attendance on Wednesday night… Griffin has scored 20 points or more in 18 straight games, extending his career high…

QUOTES

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Jamal Crawford injury

“You know personally I'm a little concerned, because nobody was around. And guys get injured when nobody's around—that always scares me. We'll know more tomorrow, and he says he felt better, so I think he'll be okay. But I've been around the league a while, so that's my concern.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Rhythm and pace of the game

“It's funny, we lost our way after the first seven minutes, we had a great rhythm, and then we just kind of lost it and never got it back. They started going under and our guards stopped taking shots, and our guards usually take shots. And they kept doing it—I thought it almost became mental. They were daring our shooters to shoot. So it was great to see Darren Collision step up. That was big for us. I thought his defense was huge, too. We put him on James [Harden], and his pressure, getting up in him helped, so that was big.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Getting back rhythm

“You do everything, but sometimes that just doesn't work. You know what you tell them to do? Defend. If we are not going to get our rhythm, don't let them get their rhythm. That is basically two high scoring teams, [who] couldn't score tonight. It's just an amazing league that way—and that happens. But what again I'm most proud of is [that] we found a way to win, and that is a good thing. That bodes well for us in the future.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Player decisions

“If we're going to play Darren Collison and Chris [Paul], we are really small, but we are really fast. So we had to turn the game into a ball pressure game with those guys in. I thought what it did was shorten the clock for them, [Houston]. They were getting their stuff with 10 seconds left on the clock as opposed to 18 seconds. Even with Dwight [Howard] when they got it to him, he had to try to score quick. There wasn't enough time to do anything else, and I thought that helped us.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: What ultimately won the game

“I thought it was the ball pressure, I thought we were up into them most of the game. I thought the one thing we didn't do—we didn't trap at all on Dwight [Howard]. I felt for our bigs at times, and we just told them „you're on an island, good luck, have fun,' but we decided we are going to stay out with their three-point shooting and try and take that away. That was our philosophy going into the game.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Overall thoughts play of Glen Davis

“We needed a big in a bad way and he is definitely that. You know, somebody that has experience, you know, can guard fours and fives, who feeds well and obviously knows our whole coaching staff. So he is a great fit for us.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Overall thoughts on the Clippers defense

“We got stops when we needed to and then I just always feel like when we get stops, it just gives [us] that momentum and then we can get into transition, get some easy buckets and then a couple fall for you. So it really does start with defense for us. You know, just like the beginning of the game, we we're scoring but we were also getting stops.”

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Thoughts on tonight’s defense

“I take a lot of pride in my defense. Especially against a guy like James Harden, an All-Star player; he's capable of going for 40 like he did last night. You can't stop him; you have just got to make it tougher on him every shot, definitely on the defensive end.”

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Defensive approach

“Usually I'm coming in and picking up full court [and] trying to change the tempo. The second half was a little bit different [because] Coach said I was starting, so I knew I was going to take on the challenge of playing against James [Harden]. I knew that before the game. The coaches knew that I was going to take on that challenge and I was ready for it.”

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Impressiveness of the win after losing Jamal Crawford in the first half

“It's tough. I don't know what the situation is but I hope we get him back real soon. We've been going through this all season long. It just seems like whenever things are going well for us, our guys start dropping. The thing about us is that we are resilient. When somebody does go down, we find a way to win games.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: The effectiveness of playing with Darren Collison

“It's been great. I love playing with DC [Darren Collison]. He gives me a chance to get off the ball. He is aggressive defensively and he gives me a chance to sort of pick my spots. A lot of times on given nights, the opposing point guards and a thousand ball screens gives me a chance to, to tell you the truth, to rest a little. You know just about every night we play, the other point guard doesn't guard me. It gives us another dimension of a guy who can attack and DC [Darren Collison] can really play and I think we all have the ultimate confidence in him. We [have] just got to keep giving him the same confidence in himself.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Overall thoughts of Glen Davis joining the Clippers

“I am excited about Baby [Glen Davis] and his spirit and the passion that he plays with is contagious. I think that our second unit could use it. He is one of those guys that plays with a purpose, plays with the passion and a great, great mix and blend I think for what our team needs going forward.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES

RE: Slower pace after fast start to the game

“I just think it was more of a playoff game. I think there was a lot of energy and momentum at the beginning of the game, and both teams locked in on the defensive end. We were able to grind out a half-court game, and it was a big win for us.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES

RE: Finding rhythm over the past few weeks

“I just stay aggressive. The trade rumors and all that kind of stuff kind of got to me a little bit, but I realized that while I'm here I have to continue to play basketball and help this team anyway possible.”

CLIPPERS GUARD WILLIE GREEN

RE: Glen Davis addition

“It is going to give us more depth at the four position. He's a bruiser, banger, rebounder. He's just a unique type of player. For as big as he is, he moves well. He can play defense and he can shoot. He did a lot of little things that help winning teams get over the hump.”

CLIPPERS GUARD WILLIE GREEN

RE: Pattern of free agents coming to the Clippers

“We know in the past, I don't think a lot of guys were choosing to come to this organization. It's a credit to Doc [Rivers], it's a credit to Gary Sacks, Gerald Madkins, Andy Roeser, the owner, CP [Chris Paul], Blake [Griffin]. It's a transformation happening here, we want to be a part of a winning organization, and we're starting that. It's good to be a part of the foundation, starting a team the way we are, and hoping becoming a championship-caliber team.”

CLIPPERS GUARD WILLIE GREEN

RE: Darren Collison’s performance tonight

“Just coming out big for us. Jamal [Crawford] went down, and collectively guys just had to step up, and Darren [Collison] did a great job offensively. Even on the defensive end, guarding hard, getting into them, and frustrating them. And we're going to need that from him. He has been big all season for us, tonight was no different. He stepped in, he was ready to play, and he was big for us.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD GLEN DAVIS

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight's game

“I was a little nervous at first, my heart was beating really fast. I haven't played in a couple of days, so I felt winded a little bit. It felt good, I was really nervous out there. I got the jitters out with my first shot and that kind of helped me a little bit. I got in the flow, got a couple blocks, got a couple of fouls. (I almost fouled out, right?) I'm glad I could contribute and do something to help.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD GLEN DAVIS

RE: Thoughts on playing with a new team

“I'll adjust. I'm just glad I'm just here playing for something bigger than myself, and that is to win an NBA championship, and that's a great thing.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD GLEN DAVIS

RE: Pattern of more players wanting to play for the Clippers

“You want to come here and play. Because of the weather, the atmosphere, and what they're trying to accomplish. But I'm playing for an NBA championship. I'm not here to do the Hollywood thing and be in movies and commercials. I don't want that, I want another ring. That's why I came here, that's why I chose to come here. You don't get any younger, you get older. And being my age, and being still in my prime, why not come here and play for something like that.”

ROCKETS HEAD COACH KEVIN MCHALE

RE: Overall thoughts on the fourth quarter

“They made a couple of big shots in transition, we miss a lay-up, took a bad shot on offense, missed a lay-up. We missed about five or six lay-ups down the stretch there. They made two big threes, got some separation on us, and we were never able to close the gap.”

ROCKETS HEAD COACH KEVIN MCHALE

RE: Team struggles

“They had 30 points off of our turnovers. 20 turnovers and they had 19 second-chance points. You give up 49 points, that's just too much. We did not play a very clean game today, didn't play a very smart game tonight, [we] didn't play a very good game tonight.”

ROCKETS GUARD JAMES HARDEN

RE: Overall thoughts on the game

“As a team we couldn't get it going in general. Our wings couldn't really make a shot and get to the paint. Jordan [Hamilton] was the only one that could knock down a consistent shot. This is a tough night for us. We've been playing so well and we've just got to bounce back.”

ROCKETS GUARD JAMES HARDEN

RE: Starting slow

“They always get off to great first quarters. We let it happen again. Coming out to 17-4, trying to fight our way back, we got back into the game, but if we play solid and not giving up so many easy points in transition, we make the game easier for ourselves.”

ROCKETS CENTER DWIGHT HOWARD

RE: Overall thoughts on the game

“We're going to have to see them down the road at some point. We understand that playing this team, we've got to get off to better starts. Three games that we've lost to this team, and come out slow. They were able to capitalize on that. That's when they got their energy going, and they were able to play off that. Even though we got back in the game, we've got to make sure we take care of the ball. They played some pretty good defense tonight, but we've got to get better on the offensive end.”

ROCKETS FORWARD CHANDLER PARSONS

RE: Losing three consecutive games to the Clippers

“With the Clippers, it's the third time in a row that they've beat us. So we just meet them one more time. It's a big game for us. We have to know we can beat them. We can't let them continue to get off to these starts like they've been getting off to against us.”

ROCKETS FORWARD CHANDLER PARSONS

RE: Personal performance

“Played terrible. Felt terrible, played terrible. Just didn't have any energy, didn't have any gas tonight. Definitely need to get some rest.”

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PREVIEW

By: Eric Patten | Follow @EricPatten


Two wins in a row and the Clippers come back home from their three-game road trip with a newfound confidence.

“We’re rolling a little bit right now,” Darren Collison said, following their 123-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

The Clippers (39-20) have won five of their last seven games, including a thrilling eight-point victory against the West’s top team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, they meet up with arguably the hottest team in the NBA Wednesday at Staples Center.

The Houston Rockets (39-18) come in winners of nine of their last 10 games and looking to close out a five-game west coast trip that started in Los Angeles last week against the Lakers. They won that game by 26, a season high for margin of victory on the road, and matched it in Tuesday’s 129-103 win at Sacramento.

Wednesday will be the third meeting of the season between the Clippers and Rockets with the first two coming within days of one another in the first week of the season. The Clippers won both games by double figures, including scoring a season-high 137 points on Nov. 4 at Staples Center.

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP

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Jamal Crawford vs. James Harden

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2.5

3.1

1.0

.406

.402

.919

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11

16.6

1.8

2.8

1.0

.418

.443

.800 

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3.4

3.7

0.9

.340

.266

.843

vs. Crawford

11

16.3

3.1

3.4

1.0

.442

.286

.875

THREE THINGS TO WATCH TO WATCH ON PRIME TICKET

- Glen Davis is expected to make his Clippers’ debut on Wednesday, wearing jersey No. 0, and will likely be the first big man off the bench behind Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan. He is plenty familiar with Dwight Howard. The two were teammates in Orlando for a season, played in the postseason against one another twice when Davis was with the Celtics and are friends dating back to their AAU days. Howard leads the Rockets with 37 double-doubles, including seven in his last eight games.

- The Rockets have scored 69 points or more in the first half in eight of their last 10 games. The Clippers, who lead the NBA in points per game at home, have been nearly as deadly lately in the entirety of games. They have scored 112 points or more in all but three games in February. They also lead the NBA in games with 120 points or more (11).

- Griffin has scored 20 points or more in 17 consecutive games, a career high and second longest streak in the NBA this season. However, in 12 career games against the Rockets, Griffin has only managed 20 points or more five times and has never scored more than 24. The Clippers, though, are 7-1 against Houston when Griffin has 18 points or more.

NOTES

The Rockets and Clippers are two of six teams (Portland, Dallas, Indiana and Oklahoma City) who have avoided losing three games in a row this season… The Clippers are 23-5 at home, tied with Oklahoma City for the best home record in the West… Houston is 17-11 on the road… The Rockets are 17-0 since Jan. 1 when scoring at least 100 points… The Clippers have only lost one game at home against a Western Conference opponent since New Year’s Day (San Antonio)… The Rockets and Clippers are separated by one game in the standings. A victory by the Clippers would bring them into a virtual tie, but Houston would remain approximately .005 ahead of them…

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Doc Rivers: “I don’t look at the scoring numbers because we score quick and a lot of points, so clearly the other team is going to have a lot more opportunities. But I’m just looking for efficiency for us on defense.”

Dwight Howard: “[DeAndre Jordan] understands what they need for him to do, rebound, block shots, and dominate the paint as much as he can. And he’s been doing that. He’s been rebounding. He’s been blocking his shots. He’s been running the floor, and he’s been scoring that way. And I think at a young age, when you do that, it just makes you better because you learn how to play without the basketball. And as you get older, there will be opportunities to where you get the ball; you get your chance to score.”

INJURY UPDATE

LAC: J.J. Redick (bulging disc, lower back) will miss his ninth straight game.

HOU: Dwight Howard (leg) is day-to-day.

REGULAR SEASON SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: 67-112 (Home: 44-46. Road: 23-66)
2013-14: 2-0
Current Overall Streak: Won 2

Home Streak: Won 5
Last Win: Nov. 4, 2013 (137-118)
Last Loss: Dec. 22, 2010 (92-97)

Largest Margin of Victory:
Home: 31 (128-97), Dec. 21, 1983
Largest Margin of Defeat:
Home: 31 (97-128), Feb. 14, 2006

SEASON SERIES

Nov. 4, 2013 at Staples Center: Clippers 137, Rockets 118
Nov. 9, 2013 at Toyota Center: Clippers 107, Rockets 94
Feb. 26, 2014 at Staples Center
Mar. 29, 2014 at Toyota Center

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RECAP | BOX SCORE

Clippers Leaders:

Pts: Crawford 24
Reb: Jordan 16
Ast: Paul 13

 

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HOUSTON ROCKETS

Rockets Leaders:

Pts: Harden 43
Reb: Howard 11
Ast: Harden 8

 

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