Game #53 | February 7, 2014
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

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LOS ANGELES – The Clippers are seemingly too good offensively to let much get in their way, whether it’s being undermanned for a second game in a row, opposing players nearing season highs in scoring or DeAndre Jordan being repeatedly intentionally fouled.

They withstood all three Friday night at Staples Center and still pulled out a 118-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Clippers (35-18). It’s the fourth time this season they have avoided losing three in a row.

Blake Griffin scored 36 points with eight rebounds despite being forced to sit for an extended period in the second half with five fouls. And while DeMar DeRozan matched Griffin’s point, and came four points shy of his career best, the Clippers countered with five starters reaching double figures in scoring, including 21 points, six rebounds and six assists from Jamal Crawford, who started for the second game in a row in place of J.J. Redick (hip).

The Clippers were also without forward Hedo Turkoglu (bruised right knee) and superstar Chris Paul (shoulder) for the 18th straight game.

It mattered little in the early going, when the Clippers raced out to a 67-point first half, scoring 25 fast-break points in less than 30 minutes of game time, and led by as many as 22 points in the third quarter. But that’s when things changed from a 100-meter dash to a half marathon.  

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey ordered intentional fouls o Jordan, who finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, on nine possessions, including seven in a row. Jordan made just five of his first 14 free throws in his parade to the line, but ended up going 10-for-22, setting a career high for free throws attempted.

The ploy briefly worked for the Raptors (26-24). They sucked the life out of a crowd, extending roughly two and half minutes of game clock to nearly 25 minutes of real time, and grounded the Clippers’ high-flying start.

“They kind of junked up the game, obviously,” Crawford said. “We have a lot of confidence in D.J. and I’m not sure they even gained points by what they were doing, but they kind of broke our rhythm a little bit.”

The Raptors (26-24) took just three points off of the Clippers’ lead at the time, but closed to within nine points after L.A. missed six consecutive shots following the last intentional foul on Jordan.

Jordan, a career 42.7 percent foul shooter, said he does not like the strategy, which has been used intermittently against him throughout the season, but understands why teams try it.

“I don’t like it, but if I’m going to go up there and practice my free throws then that’s fine, too,” Jordan said. “I feel like it’s boring for fans to watch, but I feel like it’s a good strategy. If you feel like a guy can’t make free throws and you feel like a team’s going to come down and score, then why not? But if I’m making one out of two or two out of two and coming down and getting stops then it’s good for us.”

Ultimately, it was only good for the Clippers after Willie Green scored 10 points in the first 4:18 of the fourth quarter and aided them in stretching the lead back to 107-92.

“Doc [Rivers] called a couple of plays for me,” Green said. “I made an easy layup that started it and got to the free throw line and hit a couple of threes, so my teammates were just looking for each other. [Toronto] did a good job of cutting the lead down to nine, but we continued to grind.”

The first half was hardly a grind. It resembled their opening half north of the border two weeks ago when they scored 71 points against the Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

On Friday, Griffin had 19 points in the first quarter. Crawford had 14 in the second. For the most part, even without Redick, the Clippers resembled the offensive juggernaut that has led them to a 21-4 record at home and the second most points per game in the league.

They moved the ball, were efficient inside, got to the foul line and made nine of their 24 3-pointers.

“I thought everybody played well offensively even though some of us didn’t shoot the ball well,” said Darren Collison, who had 11 points and seven assists.

NOTES

Griffin scored 35 points or more for the third consecutive game, becoming the first Clippers player since World B. Free in 1979 to do so… The Clippers are 8-0 when all five starters score in double digits… It was the fourth win a row over Toronto at Staples Center… Crawford went 12-for-12 from the foul line… Terrence Ross, who scored 51 points against the Clippers in Toronto, was held to nine points in 27:58 Friday… Green finished with 12 points… The Clippers went 37-of-54 (68.5 percent) from the free throw line overall. The Raptors committed 35 personal fouls, including a flagrant 1 by Amir Johnson in the third quarter... The Clippers are 13-6 in games Paul has missed this season…

QUOTES

LA CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS


RE: Intentional fouling
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You know what’s funny? I think they started it when they were down 18. When they stopped it, they were down 17. So it did do something—it changed the rhythm of the game. I will say that, because we had a great pace, and we never got back to that pace, so it did have that effect. But as far as the score stuff, it didn’t really change, and I was really happy for DeAndre [Jordan], because you miss a couple early, that’s tough. He hung in there, started making a couple. When you shoot 6, 8, 10, you start to get a pretty good rhythm at the line.”

LA CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS


RE: Personal thoughts on intentional fouling
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It looks bad, there’s no doubt about it. The conventional wisdom is, if everybody worked and made them, you wouldn’t do it anymore. Maybe go to 3 and make 2, as a rule. But I don’t like that, so I don’t know.”

LA CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN


RE: Mentality without Chris Paul
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[The mentality is] being more aggressive, carrying a little bit more of the scoring load. But at the same time, also being a facilitator when I need to, kind of keeping the offense going smoothly.”

LA CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN


RE: Chris Paul returning soon
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We’re obviously excited to have him back. To miss however many games he did, and to go on the road and play as many games as we did without our leader and our point guard is tough. So, to have him back in the mix is going to be great. But [I] can’t say enough about the job DC [Darren Collison] did. He’s taken that role, stepped up and running the team the way he did has been amazing.”

LA CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN


RE: Intentional fouls on Deandre Jordan
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It’s part of the game, and it’s definitely not fun to be a part of every time you walk down the floor, unless you are the one shooting the free-throws, otherwise it’s kind of boring. I can’t see how you can really change that rule; it’s just part of it.”

LA CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN


RE: Free-throw shooting
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Well, just for me to be confident and comfortable up there. Jamal made a couple of jokes, which was good just to get my mind off it but honest I felt comfortable, I wasn’t nervous or thinking about it too much. I knew they were going to do it—I didn’t know it was going to last 45 minutes.”

LA CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN


RE: Toronto’s strategy
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I don’t really like it, but I’m going to go up there and practice my free throws and that fine too. I feel like it’s boring for the fans to watch, but it’s a good strategy if you feel like guys can’t make free throws and you feel like the teams going to come down and score, then why not, but if I’m making 1-2, 2-2, and then getting stops then it’s good for us.”

LA CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD


RE: Team’s mentality without Chris Paul
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In Dallas, in the first half, me and Blake [Griffin] kind of looked at each other and we understood what it meant. We didn’t know how long it would be at that time, but we understood what it meant. It’s been a total team effort. I think it’s a credit to the coaching staff. They always keep us prepared. We see how things went for him [Doc Rivers] in the past, losing [Rajon] Rondo, KG [Kevin Garnett] in and out of the lineup. He’s never made excuses.”

LA CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD


RE: Blake Griffin’s play over the last month
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This stretch has been what has taken him to another level. He’s been incredible. To see a young guy like that, he works so hard. I didn’t know that about him before I came here, but he’s our hardest worker. He wants to get better, he wants to be great. He wants to be an all-time great.”

LA CLIPPERS GUARD WILLIE GREEN


RE: Six players scoring in double-figures
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We just have to get better defensively. They tried to foul DJ [DeAndre Jordan]. He did a great job on making free-throws. They made a run in the third quarter and we were able to sustain it. Offensively, we’ve just got to move the ball a little bit better and knock down some shots.”

LA CLIPPERS GUARD WILLIE GREEN


RE: Making shots tonight
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It’s just a matter of getting in a rhythm; teammates are always looking for me. When the ball is swinging side-to-side, we’re a great team; so we’ve just got to continue to do that.”

LA CLIPPERS GUARD WILLIE GREEN


RE: Blake Griffin’s performance
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Man that guy [Blake Griffin] is amazing. He makes his mind up that he’s just going to be dominant and there’s nothing that anybody can do. [We] put a lot on his shoulders right now and he is really carrying us.”

LA CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON


RE: Overall thoughts on the third quarter
“It was fun. You know just to watch DeAndre [Jordan] shoot free-throws. He’s been working on his free- throws this whole year; so it was cool watching him.”

LA CLIPPERS FORWARD RYAN HOLLINS


RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game
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A win is always good and I feel like we got on a roll, and they [Raptors] did chuck the game up and I’m glad we were able to play through that. I also liked that DJ [DeAdnre Jordan] got the time on the free- throw line and thought he got into the zone and got comfortable out there, so that’s huge. That’s an obstacle we may see in the playoffs or at another point.”

LA CLIPPERS FORWARD RYAN HOLLINS


RE: Six players in double-digits
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That’s huge. We are learning how to play together and we’re comfortable. Even though when they [Raptors] jumped the game, it stopped us for a little bit, but they were able to play through it so that’s huge for all of our guys to come in and get comfortable and contribute in the game.”

 

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