Game #25 | December 14, 2013
Verizon Center | Washington, DC

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WASHINGTON – The Clippers never let home distract them.

With the end of their marathon-like seven-game, 13-day road trip in sight, the Clippers put together one of their best offensive showings of the season, routing the Wizards, 113-97, in a wire-to-wire victory at Verizon Center.

Chris Paul was sublime. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were at their high-flying best. Jared Dudley burst out of a two-week shooting slump. And Jamal Crawford, starting for the first time in 101 regular-season games with the Clippers scored 17 points in 39 minutes.

“We wanted to turn this thing from an okay trip to a good trip,” Paul said. “We just wanted to win the game. That’s what we went in with the mentality of, win the game, because it’s a long flight back home and we’ve got a lot of sore losers on this team. We just wanted to come out and play the right way and I thought we did for the most part.”

The starters, led by Paul’s 38 points on just 14 shots, scored 102 of the Clippers’ 113 points and outran the Wizards (9-13) from the opening tap. The Clippers (16-9) never trailed, led by as many as 23 and shot 56.5 percent from the field.

Paul finished with 12 assists, three rebounds and three steals. He’s the only player to score at least 38 points with 12 assists and three steals since 2009. He’s done it twice this season, including a 42-point effort against Golden State in the Clippers’ home opener.

He helped send them back to Los Angeles with their fourth win in seven games, something he said they Clippers “must” do in order to ensure a successful trip at the team’s shootaround. He was unstoppable, outgunning speedster John Wall, who had 24 points and 12 assists in Washington’s fourth loss in a row.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers praised his team’s on-court performance, but was doubly impressed by Paul and Griffin not allowing any weariness or tired legs set in.

“Our guys, they were ready,” Rivers said. “You could hear them talking before the game. C.P. (Paul) was great. He was talking about it. Every timeout I thought Blake Griffin, in every timeout, kept saying, ‘Don’t let up. We’re the tired team. Let’s not think about it. Let’s keep playing.’ I thought those two guys just with their verbal leadership were phenomenal, before the game, during the game. It was good. It was a good win.”

Griffin had 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Jordan had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season, one shy of his career high. And Dudley, who was shooting just 34.9 percent on the trip before Saturday, went 7-for-10 from the field and scored 16 points. 

“It was a good pace and a good flow and it was continuous even with the second group,” Rivers said of the offense. “We want to keep the pace. My whole thing is, you never know, one guy from the other team may not go down the floor and you may get an easy basket.”

They got plenty of those against the Wizards, who were on the second game of a road-home back-to-back. Jordan and Griffin combined for eight dunks and Paul and Crawford sauntered their way to the hoop with ease on several occasions.

“This was the first game where we really got destroyed,” Wizards center Marcin Gortat said. “We had no chance to come back, but we tried.  Then they came back with two, three good shots and they built the lead again. I think this was the first game where we truly had no chance to win the game. They were just way better.”

The Clippers made nine of their first 12 shots of the game and led 34-28 at the end of the first quarter. It was their most points in the opening period since Nov. 4 when they took a 42-25 lead against the Rockets at Staples Center. They effectively put the game away with a 17-8 run in the third that included  a dunk by Griffin, back-to-back alley-oops to Jordan and was punctuated by one of Paul’s five 3-pointers to gain an 86-64 advantage and set the stage for a positive flight home.  

“It’s kind of a mindset,” Griffin said. “We don’t want to give this game up. We don’t want to give this away. We felt like we did that too many times this trip. It was important to close out. We kind of looked at it as a Game 7 for us, being on the road Game 7, you’ve got to win. I thought we responded well.”

NOTES

It is the first game this season that all five Clippers’ starters have scored 15 points or more… The Clippers are 6-1 against the Wizards since 2010-11… Crawford started for the first time since Apr. 9, 2012 when he was a member of the Trail Blazers… Rivers and Wizards head coach Randy Wittman were teammates on the Atlanta Hawks…. Nene (foot), Bradley Beal (leg), Matt Barnes (eye), J.J. Redick (wrist/hand) and Reggie Bullock (ankle) all missed the game… Kevin Seraphin scored 16 points off the bench for Washington… The Clippers are 9-1 when Dudley scores at least 10 points… The Clippers committed just 10 turnovers, one off their season low…

QUOTES

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Clippers head coach Doc Rivers on Chris Paul’s performance:

“It was spectacular. It was a great efficient night. To score 38 points and miss three shots and he had 12 assists. I don’t know if it gets much better.”

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Clippers forward Jared Dudley on how he got going after a prolonged shooting slump:

“With J.J. [Redick] not being in the lineup, we do a little bit less floppy. We did a little bit more floppies today, pindowns. Basically, the plays I scored [early] were J.J. plays really. Doc [Rivers] just ran them for me. I just think that it’s me moving off the ball. I threw it to Jamal [Crawford], went backdoor. There was a lot more movement.”

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Clippers guard Chris Paul on starting alongside Jamal Crawford:

“It was great. I play with him all the time. It’s always been like that. Last year, we used to play the whole fourth quarter together.”

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Clippers Blake Griffin forward on playing San Antonio at home in two days:

“It’s a test, a good test. To be away for a long period of time and come home and play a top-notch team, a team that always executes and plays the right way, so that’s why I think it will be a good test for us.”

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Clippers guard Jamal Crawford on closing out the road trip:

“Every good team wants to go at least .500 on the road and we were there and I think we turned an okay trip into a good trip, going 4-3. I think that’s a good job.”

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By: Eric Patten | Follow @EricPatten



WASHINGTON – The end is near.

After two weeks and six games on the road, the Clippers (15-9) have finally reached the final game of their first of two lengthy road trips this season.

“Whenever you go on the road good teams want to go .500 on the road and we’re .500 now and we have a chance to go above that,” Jamal Crawford said. “So, this last game can really make or break our trip.”

Taking on the Washington Wizards (9-12) could be one of the more challenging games of their road trek. Despite losing their third game in a row on Friday in the front end of their road-home back-to-back against the Hawks, the Wizards have rebounded from their poor start to the season. They won seven of nine games between Nov. 19 and Dec. 2, a time frame that coincided with the emergence of John Wall.

For the Clippers, as Crawford alluded to, it’s about finishing the trip off strong before heading for a week of home games before the holidays. 

“We’ll go to Washington and rest up and get ready for our last game,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “Our guys know, it’d be a great trip if we can finish off with one more win.”

 “We can go above .500 or [below] .500 with one game,” Blake Griffin added. “So, we need this. Just like we needed the other games, but we need this.”

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP

Chris Paul vs. John Wall

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Paul represents point guards in their prime and Wall, perhaps, the point guards of the future. Both, however, are putting together stellar seasons. Paul is looking like an early MVP candidate and Wall as though he could play in his first All-Star game.

Through 24 games, Paul leads all guards in double-doubles with 18. He scored 20 points on Thursday in Brooklyn, but dished out just two assists. It was only the third time in his career Paul has reached that career low, and only the second time he’s done so without recording a steal. He is likely to bounce back. After his previous two games with two assists, he followed it up with at least seven assists and four steals.

Wall, who has scored 30 or more points five times in the last 11 games, has never beaten Paul. In five career games against the six-time All-Star Wall has scored 0.8 more points, had one less assist and 0.4 more rebounds, but has an 0-5 record. Wall’s only career win against the Clippers came when Paul was sidelined with a  bruised kneecap in February of last season.

THINGS TO WATCH

1. Similarities. The Wizards and Clippers score their points in very similar ways. They both rely on transition baskets and points off turnovers and have comparable numbers in terms of paint points. The Wizards average 16.4 points in transition, the Clippers average 15.9. The Wizards score 18.9 points off turnovers, the Clippers score 18.3. And the Wizards score 38.0 points in the paint, while the Clippers score 39.0. The real difference between the two teams comes from the bench. Washington has the worst bench statistically in the league, while the Clippers, despite underperforming in Brooklyn Thursday, own the third best bench in the league in terms of points per minute. They are No. 11 overall in bench scoring.

2. Something from the wing. With Bradley Beal (leg) expected to be out and Martell Webster recently back from an ankle injury, the Wizards are hobbled on the wing. But the Clippers are even more decimated at the position without J.J. Redick (hand/wrist), Matt Barnes (eye) and Reggie Bullock (ankle). They have also not gotten ideal performances from Willie Green or Jared Dudley in their stead. Dudley talked Thursday about being frustrated with his prolonged shooting slump, which has included going 5-for-26 from 3-point range in his last six games.

Griffin said he expects Dudley to start making shots eventually.

“We just need to try to keep getting him open shots,” Griffin said. “They’re going to fall. It’s not really something I’m particularly worried about because he can hit shots. He’s proven that over and over throughout his career. So, he’ll be fine.”

NOTES

Antawn Jamison played five-plus seasons for the Wizards, helping lead them to the Playoffs four times… Rookie Otto Porter, who was the No. 3 overall selection in the 2013 Draft, scored his first NBA points on Friday night. He appeared in three games this season since making his debut on Dec. 6… The Clippers are 5-1 against the Wizards since 2010-11…


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Clippers Leaders:
Pts: Paul 20
Reb: Jordan 12
Ast: Crawford/Griffin 3

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WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Wizards Leaders:

Pts: Booker 24
Reb: Booker 14
Ast: Wall 11

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