Game #61 | March 1, 2014
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

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LOS ANGELES – Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan got their work in early against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. Then they rested the final 12 minutes.

The Clippers dispatched the New Orleans Pelicans, 108-76, at Staples Center.

It was the fourth win in a row for the Clippers (41-20) and the largest margin of victory over New Orleans (23-36) in franchise history, marking the third time this season L.A. has earned their widest-ever victory margin against an opponent.

And they did it with defense.

“I thought our team was fantastic early on defense,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “As good as our offense has been, if we can defend, and the better we defend, with the offense that we have, it makes us really good. That’s the message that our guys are starting to get. I think they’re starting to understand that if you can set the tone early in a game defensively then you can be really good.”

Paul had a team-high 21 points with eight assists and two steals. Jordan added seven points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. And Griffin scored 20 points on 8-for-17 shooting. He’s had 20 or more in 19 consecutive games, tying Dominique Wilkins for the most such games since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles.

The Clippers played without J.J. Redick (back) for the tenth game in a row. Jamal Crawford (calf) also missed his first game of the season. Darren Collison started in Crawford’s place, scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting. He’s scored 32 points in the last game and a half since Crawford was lost to a calf injury seconds before halftime Wednesday.

“When you’re playing with C.P. and B.G. you’ve got to pick your spots,” Collison said. “But the guys have been on me about just staying aggressive. I was just being aggressive for the past two months. When I’m not aggressive I hear it from the coaches.”

After a grinding victory over the Rockets two days ago, the Clippers held New Orleans, on the second night of a back-to-back, to 32.9 percent shooting, including 3-for-22 from 3-point range, and forced 22 turnovers leading to 33 points. They opened up a 22-6 lead in the first quarter and the Pelicans never drew closer than eight points and led by as many as 35.

“There were times tonight when it seemed like guys were just flying around,” Griffin said. “The best part about it was we were up 10 or up 15 and I thought our defense stayed pretty solid for the most part.”

Matt Barnes played a hand in that. The Clippers used him as a roving defender sinking to double-team All-Star Anthony Davis, who picked up two fouls in 1:51 and was plagued by foul trouble for most of the night. A frustrated Davis finished with eight points going 1-for-6 from the field.

“I told D.J. on the bench in fourth quarter, ‘I don’t know what the percentage is. I don’t know our other games throughout the season, but it just felt like this was our best defensive game,’” Paul said. “Even when they made shots, we were where we were supposed to be.”

NOTES

The Clippers are 3-0 this season against the Pelicans and have won six in a row versus New Orleans overall… Danny Granger was inactive due to clerical error on the game’s official active/inactive roster sheet… New Orleans shot 30.6 percent in the first half… Griffin scored 12 points in the first period, marking the 16th time he’s exceeded 10 points or more in the opening quarter… After making 16 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Monday, the Clippers were 9-for-25 on Saturday… They are 26-0 when making at least nine 3-pointers in a game… Rookie Reggie Bullock scored 11 points off the bench, setting a new career high…

QUOTES

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Danny Granger listed as inactive

 

“The [Danny] Granger thing was on me. My job is to check it so I’m going to have to pay a silly fine; our team is instituted a silly fine. I don’t know what the amount will be, probably dinner. Fortunately we didn’t need him tonight and that’s good. Other than that, I thought team-wise, it was good. The team was fantastic early on the defense. You can see us making strides. In the Houston game I thought our defense was great and I thought again tonight with our pull-ins and helps we’re getting better.”

 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Putting together back-to-back defensive games

 

“It’s nice. You can see them buying in to a lot of the stuff. Matt [Barnes] has been fantastic for the last week on the defensive end. The offensive end, he’s obviously good there too. Defensively, I just think some of the things he did tonight were just being in the right place which disrupts the other team.”

 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Play of Blake Griffin

 

“He’s been awesome. We get on our bigs more than anybody because honestly they have the most responsibilities on our defense, you know, showing when the pick-and-rolls and then the effort of sprinting back. I thought he was great.”

 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Campaigning DeAndre Jordan for Defensive Player of the Year

 

“I’ve been saying it all year. When you just look at him and look at how disruptive he is. Think about the times that our guys have gotten beat of the dribble and then they had to change shots. DJ [DeAndre Jordan] doesn’t get the block, but there should be a shot-change stat and he would lead the league in it. He’s there every night. It’s just been good and I’m happy for him. He’ll be on something for sure.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Team’s defensive play

 

“Guys were playing great defense, I mean Matt [Barnes] was all over the place, Darren Collison, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Willie Green came in and gave us great defensive minutes. Guys were just on it tonight, and that’s what it takes. It doesn’t matter who you play. It could be a marquee matchup game, it could be a game like today where it was a little bit slower, we just have to have that defensive pressure.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Team chemistry peaking

 

“I think our chemistry is at a great place right now, and the great thing about that is we don’t have J.J. Redick or Jamal [Crawford] right now—you know it’s Jamal [Crawford]’s first game (out) but to have that kind of chemistry hopefully it’s a little bit contagious when we finally add Danny [Granger] and Big Baby [Glen Davis] start to play more and get more and more into rotation. Hopefully it’s just one of those things where they can step into it.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Addition of Danny Granger

 

“He’s a weapon offensively, he can score the ball several different ways, so that just gives us another guy, and body we need—somebody that can defend and do all those things for us. The great thing is, I don’t think we’re going to have to ask him to do too much too soon. Hopefully he can kind of work his way into it and hit his stride by the time playoffs come.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Post-injury play

 

“To tell you the truth my shoulder feels pretty good, it’s my thumb. I think tonight was about our defense. Me personally, I was honestly starting to feel a little bit better, but it’s not about me, Blake [Griffin], or DJ [DeAndre Jordan], it’s about our team.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Tonight’s defensive play

 

“Yeah, it’s pretty good, I told DeAndre [Jordan] on the bench in the third quarter, I don’t know what our percentage is, I don’t know for other games throughout the season, but it just felt like this was our best defensive game. Even when they made shots, we were where we’re supposed to be.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Offensive aggressiveness

 

“One of our assistant coaches JP Clark talked to me before the game about being more aggressive, looking for my shot, and I tried to do that, especially with [Jamal] Crawford out. I have to be more aggressive and out there on the court with [Darren Collison] things open up a little bit.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Thoughts on Danny Granger

 

“I think Danny [Granger] brings an edge, a confidence, and one thing about our league is you have to earn respect, and Danny has done that. So with him on the court every night, I don’t care what his percentage is or what’s happened in the game. He is respected and we were hoping he was going to get on the court with us tonight, but soon enough. I really like the way our team looks right now.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Effect of playing Darren Collison and Chris Paul at the same time

 

“It has made it easier on everybody. Everybody is more alert because when Chris [Paul] has the ball and when I have the ball, we can all make plays. So it just makes it easier for everybody, we can get down the court a lot faster. So it’s definitely a lot easier for everybody to play.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Making the right decisions on offense

 

“When you’re playing with CP [Chris Paul] and BG [Blake Griffin] you have to pick your spots. But at the same time, the guys have been on me about staying aggressive. I’ve been aggressive for the past two months, and when I’m not aggressive, I hear it from the coaches.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Aggressiveness on offense

 

“I think it’s better for the team. The more and more you are aggressive in this offense, it opens up everybody else. When you’re coming off the pick-and-roll, teams can’t stop everything. You have Blake [Griffin], one of the best players in the world, rolling, and you’re so worried about him. Then we have great shooters on the weak side, so anytime you can have that action it’s always good, but you have to be aggressive.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: What Danny Granger brings to the team

 

“Experience. He can shoot the ball extremely well; he’s one of the better scorers in the league when he’s playing a lot of minutes. Everything that he brings to the table is something that we need.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES

RE: Difference in defense the past couple of games

 

“Every team has a different game plan, and I pride myself on defense. To learn the game plan has taken me a while because I’ve been in and out. It’s that time of the season right now where we have to start building good habits, and I think as a team on the defensive end we’re doing a good job of that.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES

RE: Finding his own rhythm

 

“It’s starting to come along, I just have to be aggressive out there and play my game. I think there was a lot of outside distractions for a while that kind of had me mentally confused and frustrated. But all that’s out the way now and I’m just out there playing.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES

RE: Thoughts on next game at Phoenix Suns

 

“They kicked our butt last time here. I think they’re in the eighth spot right now, they’re playing really well. We’ll be ready for them. Going into Phoenix when they’re a good team, it’s a tough thing to do, so we’ll be ready.”

 

PELICANS HEAD COACH MONTY WILLIAMS

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

 

“We did not come ready to play. That is my responsibility but it is also the responsibility of our team especially the leaders of our team. Our starting unit was collectively not ready to go tonight. Tyreke [Evans] gave us a lot of juice but outside of that, we didn’t have much of anything tonight from our starting unit. We could blame it on foul trouble or the referees, but I thought they just physically pushed us around tonight and we just didn’t respond.”

 

PELICANS HEAD COACH MONTY WILLIAMS

RE: Responding to the Clippers energy

 

“We tried. We always do that. I thought Austin [Rivers] came in, it gave us some juice, Greg [Stiemsma] was pretty good. When they pick up fouls like that it takes his rhythm away. Our bench was better but we couldn’t throw it in the ocean. We shot 32 percent tonight, we missed I don’t know how many layups we missed tonight. We were 24 for 53 in the paint. We have a tough time winning games if you can’t just score around basket.”

 

PELICANS HEAD COACH MONTY WILLIAMS

RE: Team frustration

 

“Guys were frustrated obviously. The way we’ve lost, the last second plays and this is the worse lost we’ve had this year. So the character in the locker room is going to have to respond as oppose to just talking about.”

 

PELICANS GUARD AUSTIN RIVERS

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

 

“We just have to keep our heads up, just keep moving forward. I think we just got to hold each other accountable and just keep pushing each other. It’s never fun to lose like that. I think stuff like this has to hurt; it has to bother you. This can’t just be another game for us, like alright we’ve got another game in a couple days, I mean this has to stop. I don’t mind losing when you put everything out there but it’s a bad feeling when you lose and you just feel like your team didn’t give their best. That’s how I felt like it was tonight. I felt like we could have been a bit better.”

 

PELICANS FORWARD TYREKE EVANS

RE: Overall thought’s on tonight’s game

 

“It’s tough man. They come out from the beginning, they hit us hard and we weren’t ready to play in the beginning. I say that they came out because [Chris] Paul pushed the ball and got it to Blake [Griffin]. I mean they were hitting ahead to their power forwards and that’s not good. We’ve got to get back and do a better job on that. It’s a tough loss for us but we’ve got to sit down. It’s going to hurt a few but we got to get back and be ready to play against that.”

VIDEO

PREVIEW

By: Eric Patten | Follow @EricPatten


Five days after playing in New Orleans, the Clippers (40-20) and Pelicans (23-35) meet again at Staples Center Saturday.
It is the third time the two teams have played this season, and second this week. Matching up again after such a brief turnaround, can help in preparation, according to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.  
“That’s always nice, but it helps them, too,” Rivers said. “I think it helps the coaches the most. I don’t players-wise. I don’t know how much it helps them, but it helps us both. Monty [Williams] and me because of our scouting, we just did it.”
The Clippers have won three games in a row, including Monday’s 123-110 win in New Orleans. The Pelicans come to Los Angeles on night two of a back-to-back. They have lost six in a row and are in the middle of five-game west coast road trip.

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP

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DeAndre Jordan vs. Greg  Stiemsma

Jordan

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PPG

ORPG

RPG

BPG

FG%

FT%

2013-14

60

10.2

4.1

14.0

2.4

.669

.447

vs. NOP

18

6.8

2.0

6.1

1.3

.733

.414

vs. Stiemsma

6

10.7

4.0

9.8

2.5

.622

.444

 

Stiemsma

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PPG

ORPG

RPG

BPG

FG%

FT%

2013-14

35

2.7

1.4

4.2

1.0

.600

.588

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6

2.7

0.8

3.7

0.5

.583

.500

vs. Jordan

6

2.7

0.8

3.7

0.5

.583

.500

THREE THINGS TO WATCH ON PRIME TICKET
- In the previous matchup with New Orleans on Monday the Clippers made 16 3-pointers, two shy of tying their franchise record. It should have come as little surprise that they would have offensive success against the Pelicans. While they are a middle of the road team in terms of 3-point defense, the Pelicans are 28th in defensive efficiency.  
- The Pelicans are 20-6 when they outshoot their opponent from the field this season. However, they have not been able to do so in either of their two previous games against the Clippers.
- Blake Griffin is 40 rebounds away from reaching 3,000 for his career. Once Griffin, 24, has amassed 3,000 boards, he will become just the third player in NBA history to top 6,000 points, 3,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists while also shooting 50.0% or better from the field before the end of his fourth season. Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Charles Barkley are the only other players to do so. Griffin will likely reach the milestone on Mar. 6 vs. the Lakers.
NOTES
Clippers forward and New Orleans native Danny Granger is expected to make his team debut on Saturday… The Pelicans are second in the NBA in 3-point shooting (38.5 percent)… Griffin can tie Dominique Wilkins for the most consecutive games (19) with 20 points or more if he reaches that number on Saturday… The Clippers are 24-5 at home, second in the NBA… They have won five in a row against the Pelicans overall and are 5-1 in their last six games against them at Staples Center…
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Chris Paul: “I hadn’t played for Doc in the past and Blake hadn’t either and I think we’re doing pretty good.”
Blake Griffin: “That’s how we’ve treated this entire season, every day we’re preparing ourselves for the Playoffs.”
INJURY UPDATE
LAC: Jamal Crawford (calf) is day-to-day. J.J. Redick (back) is expected to miss his tenth game in a row.
NOP: Jrue Holiday (shin), Jason Smith (knee), Ryan Anderson (neck) are out. 

REGULAR SEASON SERIES HISTORY

All Time: 26-40 (Home: 17-16, Road: 9-24)
2013-14: 2-0
Current Overall Streak: Won 5

Home Streak: Won 2
Last Win: Dec. 18, 2013 (108-95)
Last Loss: Nov. 26, 2012 (95-105)

Largest Margin of Victory:
Home: 29 (109-80), Dec. 15, 2003
Largest Margin of Defeat:
Home: 32 (83-115), Dec. 5, 1994

SEASON SERIES

Dec. 18, 2013 at Staples Center: Clippers 108, Pelicans 95
Feb. 24, 2014 at Smoothie King Center: Clippers 123, Pelicans 110
Mar. 1, 2014 at Staples Center
Mar. 26, 2014 at Smoothie King Center


 

LAST TIME OUT


RECAP | BOX SCORE

Clippers Leaders:

Pts: Grififn 23
Reb: Griffin 16
Ast: Paul 9

Last Time Out



101


93


NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

Pelicans Leaders:

Pts: Davis 32
Reb: Davis 9
Ast: 3 Players 4

 

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