Game #17 | November 29, 2013
Sleep Train Arena | Sacramento, CA

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SACRAMENTO – Before the game the Clippers already knew they would be without superstar point guard Chris Paul. But they didn’t plan for a second half without J.J. Redick as well.

Missing their usual starting backcourt, the Clippers got career level performances from Jamal Crawford and DeAndre Jordan and defeated the Sacramento Kings for the third time in the month of November, 104-98, in overtime Friday at Sleep Train Arena.

Crawford scored a season-high 31 points with 11 assists and seven rebounds. It was his first points-assists double-double since 2007 and best all-around game in his two seasons with the Clippers (12-5). Jordan flirted with his first-career triple-double, tallying 10 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high nine blocked shots, one shy of the franchise record.

Paul, the NBA’s assist leader, sat out with a strained right hamstring that he suffered Wednesday and Redick was lost due to a sprained right wrist after a hard fall in the second quarter.

“I just believe we can win,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “And I want our guys to believe that. I told them that before game, ‘This is not some trial or let’s feel sorry for us, we’re going into this game to win the game. That’s the only goal.’”

The Clippers felt the loss of both Redick and Paul, especially after Redick scored 13 first-half points. Crawford and Darren Collison, typically the first guards off the bench, each played more than 37 minutes.

Collison had 15 points and two assists and pressured Sacramento’s guards defensively. But it seemed every time the Clippers needed a play, be it an assist or a basket, Crawford had the ball in his hands.

He had a chance to win it in regulation, after Kings rookie Ben McLemore tied the game at 94 with a pair of free throws, but Crawford dribbled down the clock from 17 seconds and missed a long jumper at the buzzer. He scored or assisted on eight of the Clippers’ 10 overtime points.

In the extra frame, Blake Griffin, whose 21 points and 12 rebounds seemed almost pedestrian, knocked down a jumper from the top of the key, Jordan flipped in a layup off an offensive rebound, Griffin gave the Clippers their first lead of overtime with a furious right-handed dunk and Crawford nailed a flat-footed jumper when it looked like a possession was lost.

The team also responded defensively in overtime, closing the game on a 10-0 and holding the Kings (4-10) without a basket for 3:55 after Patrick Patterson converted baskets inside on two straight possessions.

“They make runs just like any team in this league and their crowd gets into and they feed off of their crowd,” Jordan said. “We had to weather the storm and come out and get stops and we did in overtime, which is why we won the game.”

It was arguably the grittiest performances by the team this season. They were missing three top of the rotation players, playing in front a hostile crowd, against a team that has a good deal of animosity towards them.

It helped that they committed just 12 turnovers in 53 minutes and shot 24-of-37 from the foul line, compared to Sacramento’s eight makes in 10 attempts. But they also survived several seemingly back-breaking rallies by the Kings. With the crowd in full-throat, Crawford would nail a 3-pointer, Griffin would score inside or they would find a way to get to the line to slow the game down. They also made timely stops.

Collison said, “D.J. did a great job defensively. I thought he was our horse in the back. I was just trying to pressure them as much as I could and I thought we did a good job playing team defense.”

The Clippers entered the game without Paul and Matt Barnes (left eye surgery) and lost Redick to a sprained right wrist midway through the second quarter after he crashed to floor. Redick leapt to grab an offensive rebound and was undercut by DeMarcus Cousins. Redick landed on his back and appeared to injure his wrists as he attempted to catch himself. He did not return to the game after leaving at the 4:47 mark of the second quarter. X-rays on Redick’s wrist taken at Sleep Train Arena came up negative.

The loss of Paul and Redick, both of whom are unsure if they will play Sunday versus the Pacers, forced players onto the floor that have not played much together.

“We had some quirky lineup out on the floor, makeshift offense,” Rivers said, “but I thought the execution out of timeouts defensively were phenomenal most of the night.”

NOTES

It was the first game this season that Paul, Redick, Dudley, Griffin and Jordan did not start together… The Clippers were outscored in the paint, 54-34… It is the third straight game the Clippers have held an opponent to fewer than 100 points… Crawford had 11 of the Clippers’ 20 assists and made three of their six 3-pointers… The Clippers have won four games in a row and five of their last six. Their 12-5 record matches the 2005-06 team for the best start since the team moved to Los Angeles… Cousins had 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists… Crawford became the first reserve in 30 years to top at least 30 points, 11 assists and seven boards…

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Doc Rivers

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers on his team not allowing negative plays to affect them:

“Get past mad, that’s what I always say. Get past mad, everybody. Listen, it was a hard game tonight. Both teams were really physical. I mean, I couldn’t tell what was a foul and what wasn’t a foul. At halftime, I just told them, ‘You’ve got to get past mad. The refs are doing their best. We’ve got to do our best. The Kings are going to do their best. Let’s keep our composure.”

 

Clippers guard Chris Paul on his status for Sunday’s game versus Indiana:

“I want to play. If I can play, I will. If not, I’ll rest it.”

 

 

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on how the team played in overtime:

“Jamal was on fire tonight, so he was definitely leading our team offensively in the overtime. We were playing through him, but we knew ultimately we had to get some stops. We ran off a couple of stops in a row there at the end, which was really important, and that kind of sealed the deal for us.”

 

 

Kings head coach Michael Malone on Jamal Crawford’s play:

“I knew that with Chris Paul not playing that was going to give Jamal the green light to take over the game. Our guys played so hard, I put this loss on me. I have to do a better job of not allowing one player like Jamal Crawford to win the game for them.”

 

 

Clippers guard Darren Collison on the team only turning the ball over 12 times in 53 minutes:

“That’s good. In an environment like that, that’s what you’re going to need. It kind of reminded me of a Playoff-atmosphere. The crowd was in it, they’re making their run and they make some big plays, you kind of have to stay calm and remain composed.”


 

PREVIEW

By: Eric Patten | Follow @EricPatten




SACRAMENTO – The Clippers take on the Sacramento Kings. We’ve said that a lot lately.

When the two California rivals matchup Friday night at Sleep Train Arena, it will be the fifth meeting between the two teams since Oct. 14. The Clippers have won both regular-season meetings, including a nine-point victory in the state capital on Nov. 1.

“It feels like we’ve played them a lot,” said point guard Chris Paul, who is nursing a strained right hamstring. “You’ve got to play to win, regardless of how many times you play in the preseason or the regular season. They’re going to know what we do and we know what they do. It’s almost sort of like the Playoffs right now.”

If it were the Playoffs, the schedule would be somewhat unbalanced. The Clippers (11-5) are coming off a five-game week , while the Kings (4-9) have not played since their Los Angeles double-header concluded Sunday with a loss to the Lakers. The Clippers came from five points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Kings the day before, when DeMarcus Cousins missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer.

Friday could be even more intriguing. Both teams are concluding their November schedule the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers thinks that could make things more difficult.

“It’s going to be a hard game,” Rivers posited. “We’re coming off Thanksgiving. They’re coming off Thanksgiving. It may be a battle of who eats the least.”

Asked what it means to have faced each other so many times in the early stages of the season, Rivers said, “It just adds more tension to the game. They had a chance to beat us here and we had to come back at the end, so we have to be ready to play.”

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP

Blake Griffin vs. Jason Thompson

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Griffin has been on a rebounding tear of late. He’s submitted a points-rebounds double-double in his last nine games, the longest active streak in the NBA. The streak did not include his best game on the boards this season, which came in Sacramento on Nov. 1 when pulled down 17 rebounds, which was increasingly necessary with DeAndre Jordan saddled with foul trouble for most of the second half. While Griffin had a 20-point, 17-rebound game in the first game against the Kings, he had one of his least productive double-doubles of the year on Saturday, going for 16 points and 10 boards and shooting 3-for-10 from the floor.

With Paul potentially limited by his hamstring injury, the burden of the offense falls on Griffin Friday. He will start the game against Thompson, who was inserted into the starting lineup two weeks ago. When Rivers has talked about Sacramento in the past, he’s brought up their front-court size, and that’s not merely talking about Cousins. Thompson can cause problems because he’s 6-foot-11, has long arms and can pull Griffin away from the rim with a 15-19 foot jumper. He’s gone 10-for-20 from that distance on this season and has been predominantly a jump shooter with the emergence of Cousins next to him. Last season, 55.4 percent of Thompson’s field goal attempts were jumpers.  

THINGS TO WATCH

1. Chris Paul’s health. Paul walked out the locker room Wednesday after the Clippers beat the Knicks, 93-80, and insisted that he would be ready to play in Sacramento despite a strained right hamstring. But it remains to be seen if Paul will in fact play and how healthy he’ll be.

“We obviously need Chris,” Rivers said. “He’s extremely important to us, but if he can’t got I’m not going to push him.”

Asked what losing Paul, the league’s leader in assists (12.2 per game) does, Rivers replied: “It takes your point guard, the best point guard in the league, out of the game.  Obviously, there are major changes. But we’re just going to plug somebody in and somebody else will play and we’ll expect them to perform well.”

That someone is Darren Collison. In five NBA seasons, Collison has started 219 of his 312 career games, including 37 starts his rookie year in place of Paul in New Orleans. On Friday, even if Paul starts, Collison will likely spell the six-time All-Star for longer stretches. In the preseason, when Paul sat out as a healthy scratch in Sacramento, Collison went for 20 points and 10 assists.

2. Out with the new and in with the newer. In Saturday’s game, Luc Mbah a Moute played just his eighth game for the Kings and despite fouling out he was a bothersome defender against the Clippers, particularly using his length against Paul and J.J. Redick. Mbah a Moute is gone now, traded to Minnesota for former No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams. Friday will be Williams’ Sacramento debut, but it remains a mystery as to how he will be used. John Salmons will likely start at small forward.

3. Can’t we all just get along. Prior to the last game, Kings head coach Michael Malone said there is “no love lost” between Cousins and Griffin, referring to the contentious past in which Cousins accused Griffin of being a “baby” and the league giving the Clippers star preferential treatment. After the game on Saturday, Cousins was seen pulling high-scoring reserve guard Isaiah Thomas away from Paul to prevent the two from shaking hands after the game. On the floor, the Cousins versus the Clippers angle is always testy. He has received two costly technical fouls in the fourth quarter of both Kings losses to the Clippers that seemingly swung momentum in the Clippers’ favor.

Meanwhile, Cousins and Griffin are two of three players in the NBA averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. So, there’s that.

NOTES

The Clippers have defeated the Kings in 11 of their last 13 matchups. The two losses both occurred at Sleep Train Arena… Griffin is 12 points away from 5,000 for his career… Antawn Jamison is 25 points away from 20,000… Jamal Crawford has scored 17 or more points in four of his six games against Sacramento since joining the Clippers two summers ago. That includes his 18-point game on 7-of-10 shooting on Nov. 1. He is 18-of-33 (54.5 percent) from 3-point range in those six games… Isaiah Thomas set a Kings record with 12-straight games in double-figures off the bench to start the season. The streak ended Nov. 24 versus the Lakers… According to the team’s official website, they recalled rookie guard Ray McCallum from Reno in the NBA D-League… Sacramento is tied with the Knicks for No. 1 in the NBA in fewest turnovers (12.9). The Clippers are No. 15 (15.3)…

THEY SAID IT

Doc Rivers: “I think our team’s over if it’s not a guy’s night. Everybody’s fine. It’s all about the wins.”

SEASON SERIES

 

November 1st | Clippers 110, Kings 101

November 23rd | Clippers 103, Kings 102

November 29th | Clippers @ Kings

April 12th | Clippers vs Kings

LAST TIME OUT


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Clippers Leaders:
Pts: Redick/Paul/Griffin 15
Ast: Paul 7
Reb: Jordan/Griffin 13

Last Time Out


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SACRAMENTO KINGS

Kings Leaders:
Pts: Vasquez 20
Ast: Two Players Tied 7
Reb: Cousins 8

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