Game #78 | April 6, 2014
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

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LOS ANGELES – Even after a something of a bumpy start Sunday afternoon, things could not have gone much better for the Pacific Division champion Clippers.

They showcased their stars for three quarters, got J.J. Redick 24 minutes back with the starting lineup, and hammered the Lakers at Staples Center for a third-straight time in the season series, 120-97.

The win moved the Clippers (55-24) closer to clinching at least the third best record in the Western Conference. They are any combination of two wins or two losses by the Houston Rockets, who host Denver Sunday night, away from guaranteeing a No. 3 seed and hosting Games 1 and 2 of their opening round Playoff series in two weeks.

“It’s just every game’s important as far as I’m concerned,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “You just want to keep winning and you just want to do that. It’s nice to win and guys have relatively low minutes, so that was good.”

While games between Los Angeles’ two Staples Center tenants usually have been about a so-called rivalry or changing of the guard or a reversal of fortune, Sunday had none of that. Even after the Clippers trailed by two for a flicker of time in the second quarter, the rout seemed inevitable.

The Clippers rattled off a 15-3 run the second quarter and then outscored the Lakers (25-52) by 14 in the third, including scoring the first eight points of the period. The starters played a combined two minutes in the final 12 minutes, and that was only to get Redick, who had 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting, a little extra time after he returned from a 25-game absence on Thursday.

It was the third straight victory by more than 20 points against the Lakers, all but erasing the Clippers’ 13-point opening-night loss.

“I’m sure there are other teams we went 3-1 against,” Chris Paul said. “That team has been facing injuries all season long things like that and they still play hard. They beat us the first game and we just won the next ones.”

Blake Griffin, who had his fourth career triple-double on Thursday, had 23 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Paul continued his brilliant shooting over the past six games, going 8-for-10 (4-for-4 from 3-point range) and finishing with 23 points, six assists and three steals. Paul’s made 20 of his last 40 3-pointers and is averaging better than 24 points per game in that span. DeAndre Jordan added 11 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots, giving him a career-best 40 double-doubles on the year.

All three Clippers stars did not play more than 31 minutes.

And despite committing 17 turnovers, the Clippers shot 56.6 percent, made 10 3-pointers, out-rebounded the Lakers by 14, had 27 fast-break points and turned a close game for a quarter and a half into an ample tune up for the postseason.

“We go into every game and our whole message is to worry about ourselves and it’s about and how we execute and how we compete,” Griffin said. “At this point, even with it being kind of tight in the Western Conference, like the Playoff race and all that everybody kind of knows where they’ll be at and everybody kind of knows who they are. I think we know who we are. We just want to really sharpen the things we do.”

NOTES

The Clippers won the season series against the Lakers for the second time in a row and the fourth time in franchise history… They have won eight of 11 games over the Lakers since Paul joined the team in 2011-12. They have an average margin of victory of 35.7 points per game in the last three wins… Music legend Paul McCartney and boxer Manny Pacquiao were among those in attendance… The Clippers went 6-1 and averaged 116.0 points per game in seven regular-season games wearing their “Back in Blue” uniforms… Lakers forward Kent Bazemore left the game in the first quarter with a sprained right foot and did not return… Former Clipper Nick Young had 18 points on 5-of-15 shooting off the bench… The Clippers’ bench 39 points, including 10 from Hedo Turkoglu in the fourth quarter…

QUOTES

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game.

“When you looked at the numbers, we’re shooting 60% but we turned the ball over 12 times, so other than that I liked the way were playing. I just thought we were trying to do just a little too much with the ball as a group, but once we took that over, I think in the second or third quarter, we had two turnovers and all of a sudden we had a bigger lead. I don’t think that was a coincidence. So it was a good win for us.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Importance of today’s win closing in on the playoffs

“Every game is important as far as our concern; I don’t even look at that. But if you just want to keep winning it’s nice to do that—it’s nice to win when guys have relatively low minutes as well, so that was good. And other guys got to play well, it’s good to see Turk [Hedo Turkoglu], it was good to see him out there for an extended period. I keep saying he’s going to help us at some point, in some game. So anytime he can play minutes like that, that’s good. I think [Glen] Davis is getting in better shape. You can see it. He’s working his butt off. And that’s important for us.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Chris Paul’s three-point shooting

“He can do that, he just chooses not to do that. So when you watch him shoot in practice with J.J. [Redick] and those guys, he’s right there with them. He gets in the game and he usually is so busy being a point guard, and he forgets that he’s a shooter. And a lot of his shots are second thought shots, which are very difficult to make. I thought he had a stretch in the third where he was looking for a shot, and I enjoy when he plays that way.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Play of J.J. Redick

“He looked good. He’s still going a little too fast, tried to do too much a couple times and turned the ball over, but other than that he’s getting better. I think each time he plays its good.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Preparing for the playoffs

“Like we’ve been saying for a while now, it’s about us. Doc [Rivers] told us going into this game that it’s about competing. Right now, different sets that we run, our defense… you just want to make it to where when you get into the playoffs, it’s like clockwork and you don’t have to think about it. I think those are the teams that are usually at their best. That’s why the Spurs are so successful and [why] the Heat are two-time defending champs. You just rely on your defense night in and night out.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Season series against the Lakers

“I’m sure there are other teams that we went three and one against, but that team has been facing injuries all season long, and things like that. They still play hard and they beat us the first game; we just won the other ones.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Getting healthy as a team

“It’s huge, and this is the time that you have to start doing that, because J.J. [Redick] went down, and I went down. Me and DC [Darren Collison] started for a while, and now, J.J. is back. So, we’re just trying to get everybody in the right rhythm, because it’s tough to just get going right when the playoffs start.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Recent play of Glen Davis

“Baby [Glen Davis]’s energy is contagious. He just knows how to play offensively and defensively. I think he’s getting in better shape because we play pretty fast, and he’s just a guy that really keeps that second unit together.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Upcoming game against the Oklahoma City Thunder

“It’s a big game; big for us. I’m not sure where we are as far as seeding, and stuff like that; but, what is it two to one right now us [in the season series against Oklahoma City]? Yeah, so if it does come down to something like that, we’d love to have the tiebreaker.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Playing with J.J. Redick

“It’s great. But really, having him back, it spreads the floor out so much. People know how great of a shooter he is, but the way he comes off of screens, the way he’s constantly in motion, it would be a nightmare to have to guard that. It just puts pressure on teams, and it opens up everything for everybody else. Whether he’s even hitting shots or not, just the fact that he’s out there makes it easier for us.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Darren Collison’s return to the bench

“It gives us a point guard, another scorer off the bench when Jamal [Crawford] comes back, when Danny [Granger comes back]. Now you have a guy that can score at the point, two, and the three. Then we have bigs that can finish down low and defend. So once we get our whole group back it completely changes everything, but getting Darren [Collison] back to the bench is really good for us.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Focus as playoffs arise

“We go into every game and our whole message is to worry about ourselves. It’s about us, how we execute, how we compete. At this point, even being kind of tight in the Western Conference, everybody kind of knows where they’re going to be at, everybody knows who they are. And I think we know who we are, we just want to really sharpen the things we do and really be good at hitting on all cylinders come playoffs.”

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK

RE: Personal health

“This injury has been very interesting in terms of the number of weeks where I felt like I wasn’t making any improvement; and then in the last two weeks, it seems like every day I’ve gotten better and better. Having Friday off and then getting a good practice in yesterday was big. So I’m making progress, just in

the last three days. I feel better physically, [and] mentally I felt a little sharper tonight, too. So, I feel like the rhythm is getting better.”

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK

RE: Areas where team needs improvement

“I think our two biggest weaknesses are offensive rebounds… that has been a big thing all season. So continue to clean that up. A lot of that is, we’re one of the better defensive teams in the league. We’ve had some stretches of games where we’ve been really good defensively. When teams miss shots, they’re going to get some offensive rebounds. Second part is just the mental side of it. I think just really locking in, focusing, and getting serious about what are goals are and what we want to accomplish.”

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK

RE: Personal progress

“I think it’s an ongoing process. I think you do get better, just as a player, as the season goes on. That should be a goal. You get better in the offseason, but you also get better during the season. For anybody, that’s true. So I took two months off during the season, and I’m looking to get better every game, and hoping to be playing at a high level once the playoffs start.”

CLIPPERS GUARD JARED DUDLEY

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s win

“It’s like another game for us. For them, being from LA, there was a rivalry, but obviously you guys are thinking about playoffs right now so we just needed to handle business. It’s a game that we expected to win and we got up, went out there and did a good job.”

CLIPPERS GUARD JARED DUDLEY

RE: Defending Kevin Durant in upcoming game

“We can’t stop him. He’s probably one of the best offensive players we have in our game, one of the best players in the league. Our goal is to keep his percentages down, if he shoots 30 times, you know, hopefully he won’t have 50 so lower his shooting percentage. So then it’s the rest of the guys you have to slow down, [Serge] Ibaka, Reggie Jackson and make it a half-court game for them and when we get the ball, we push it down the court.”

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Adapting to changing lineups

“It just shows that we have a lot of experience out there, no matter who’s down, no matter who’s hurt, it seems like another guy is coming in and stepping in and contributing the way he needs to contribute and you are going to need that. In playoffs, you can’t say that you are going to be healthy throughout the playoffs, you just never know but when you have a guy go down, another guy has to step up and I think we have been doing that all season long.”

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: More playing time with the bench

“I think so; you always want to have some continuity and chemistry with the bench. I think when we get Jamal [Crawford] back we have to find some continuity too, then we’re right there. We have really good players in the second unit and we’re right where we want to be.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN

RE: Overall thoughts on improvement in season

“I’ve been making great strides, I still have to continue to get better, all of us, but I feel like that goes with maturity with this being my sixth season but it’s been a great opportunity, that’s all.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN

RE: Areas of improvement for the team

“I feel like we need to do a better job on locking down our defense because I feel like that is what spreads our lead is our defense. It takes us awhile to figure it out because we go up and we think it’s a lot of offense but once we locked down our defense, we’re really good.”

LAKERS HEAD COACH MIKE D'ANTONI

RE: Overall thoughts on today’s game

“It was close at half; we were down eight; but they were bigger, talented, and they played better. They shot the ball extremely well, and we started off not all on the same game plan; but I thought our guys hung in there, they battled them, and it was what it was.”

LAKERS HEAD COACH MIKE D'ANTONI

RE: Chris Paul

“He [Chris Paul] is extremely talented. You could argue he’s the best point guard. He’s right there with anybody; he always has been. He’s always made his teams, better and he’s shooting the ball better now from threes and twos. There’s not a whole lot of defense against him. He’s just a good basketball player.”

LAKERS HEAD COACH MIKE D'ANTONI

RE: Kent Bazemore’s injury

“Kent Bazemore hurt his foot. It was bothering him a little bit before the game, and he felt a twinge or something and got a little scared on it. I think the x-ray came back negative; [we will] get him an MRI and make sure that it’s okay. Hopefully it’s not bad, and hopefully, he can get back Tuesday.”

LAKERS HEAD COACH MIKE D'ANTONI

RE: Nick Young’s injury

“[He is] just banged up. He’s just beat up. He will play Tuesday, I hope. But then we’ll get [Jordan] Farmar back, and [Steve] Nash will probably be hopefully ready.”

LAKERS GUARD KENT BAZEMORE

RE: Injury

“[My foot] had a little pop in it. I had a stress fracture going into my senior year of college, so the pop was pretty familiar. We came back and did x-rays. They were negative, so we’ll get the MRI tomorrow and see what happens.”

LAKERS FORWARD WESLEY JOHNSON

RE: If he has ever been on a team with this many injuries

“Never. I don’t think anybody on the team has. It’s one of those years. It’s tough to fight through it but with injuries, they’re definitely prone to us this year so it’s one of those things where everybody has got to come together and fight through.”

LAKERS FORWARD WESLEY JOHNSON

RE: Mindset for the remainder of the season

“Compete. I think [the mindset] is to compete and play hard. I know everybody has their own individual goals that they have in their minds, but as a team it’s really to just try and get the most out of these games.”

LAKERS GUARD NICK YOUNG

RE: Injury

“[I] just twisted my knee a little bit, felt kind of awkward.”

LAKERS GUARD NICK YOUNG

RE: Championship chances for the Los Angeles Clippers

“They’ve got a good chance. They’re loaded.”

VIDEO

PREVIEW

By: Ben Haber | Follow @haberben


The Clippers (54-23) had the last two days off to rest before taking on the Lakers Sunday. After another near fourth quarter comeback against the Mavericks Thursday, the Clippers lost, 113-107. Blake Griffin’s triple-double effort of 25 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds wasn’t enough.

The Lakers (25-51) fell short against the Mavericks the following evening, 107-95. Jodie Meeks lead the Lakers with 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Heading into the last edition of the hallway series, the Lakers have lost three straight games.

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP

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Collison

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APG

FG%

3P%

FT%

2013-14

75

11.4

2.3

3.6

.471

.393

.854

vs. LAL

13

13.5

2.1

4.3

.511

.393

.920

vs. Bazemore

7

12.6

1.9

4.3

.446

.563

.955

 

Bazemore

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APG

FG%

3P%

FT%

2013-14

66

6.1

1.7

1.3

.429

.339

.605

vs. LAC

7

3.1

0.4

1.3

.438

.143

.500

vs. Collison

7

3.0

0.3

1.6

.333

.125

.429

THREE THINGS TO WATCH ON PRIME TICKET

- The Clippers and Lakers not only share the same arena, they also belong together in the NBA hierarchy of assists per game. The Clippers average 24.5 assists, placing them No. 3, while the Lakers are only slightly behind at fourth with 24.1 assists. Each of these Los Angeles teams rose to the top of this category in different ways. Most of the crisp passes on the Clippers come from Chris Paul, who averages 10.8 assists. Kendall Marshall leads the Lakers with 8.9 assists per outing, but six other players also own three-plus assists. Conversely, the Clippers have three players tallying 3-plus assists, besides Paul.

- Throughout the season the Lakers’ struggles are mentioned often, overshadowing their productive bench. The Lakers reserves score 42.3 points per game, headlined by Nick Young’s 17.3. The Clippers bench is only 20th, but it would probably be significantly higher without numerous injuries. As for the starters, the Clippers are No. 4 in the league. The Lakers starters aren’t getting it done well enough, ranking No. 29.

- The Clippers have outscored the Lakers by a combined 84 points in their last two outings, including a 48-point victory on the Lakers’ home floor that doubled as the widest margin of victory in Clippers’ history and the worst defeat in Lakers’ history. A Clippers’ victory on Sunday would ensure the fourth series victory against the Lakers in franchise history.

NOTES

Matt Barnes averaged 10.3 points last season and 9.9 points during 2013-14, outdoing his Lakers tenure in 2010-12, scoring 6.7 points and 7.8 points… The Lakers have had three different players accumulate the most points in their three games against the Clippers…. On the Clippers home court, the Lakers are winless since Apr. 4, 2012… Meeks gets the starting nod more than any other Lakers player, earning 64 looks with the top squad…With a win, the Clippers would win the series over the Lakers for the second consecutive season, and take seven of the previous eight duals.

INJURY UPDATE

LAC: Jamal Crawford (calf) and Danny Granger (hamstring) are expected to be out.

LAL: Jordan Farmar (groin) is doubtful, per the Orange County Register. Chris Kaman (calf) will be a game-time decision. Xavier Henry (knee), Kobe Bryant (knee) and Pau Gasol (vertigo) are out. 

REGULAR SEASON HISTORY

All Time: 55-144 (Home: 32-64, Road: 19-80)

2013-14: 2-1

Current Overall Streak: Won 2

Home Streak: Won 3

Last Win: Jan. 10, 2014 (123-87)

Last Loss: Apr. 4, 2012 (106-113)

Largest Margin of Victory:

Home: 36 (123-87), Jan. 10, 2012

Largest Margin of Defeat:

Home: 46 (91-137), Nov. 13, 1979

SEASON SERIES

Oct. 29, 2013 at Lakers home: Lakers 116, Clippers 103

Jan. 10, 2014 at Clippers home: Clippers 123, Lakers 87

Mar. 6, 2014 at Lakers home: Clippers 142, Lakers 94

Apr. 6, 2014 at Clippers home

 

LAST TIME OUT


RECAP | BOX SCORE

Clippers Leaders:

Pts: Griffin 25
Reb: Jordan 15
Ast: Griffin 11

Last Time Out



113


107


LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Lakers Leaders:

Pts: Meeks 25
Reb: Johnson 11
Ast: Nash 7

 

BOX SCORE »


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