Game #48 | January 29, 2014
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

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LOS ANGELES – After seven consecutive games on the road, the Clippers likely hoped for more than a pit stop at Staples Center.

But given that they pulled out a 110-103 victory over the Washington Wizards Wednesday in their only home game before returning to the road, they’ll likely take the scheduling quirk.

It was the fourth win a row for the Clippers (33-15), who head to the Bay Area to play the Golden State Warriors a night later, and they improved to 19-3 at home.

“That was a good for us,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “We still think we’re on this road trip. Ad I just thought that was a really hard game for us.”

They made it a little harder than it may have needed to be. Despite leading by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, turnovers and an inability to get stops allowed the Wizards to close to as close as one. But 12 fourth-quarter points by J.J. Redick and a pair of huge series from DeAndre Jordan helped put the game away.

Jordan blocked two shots and forced a shot-clock violation on the same Wizards possession with 2:21 to go and then proceeded to make four consecutive free throws after Washington head coach Randy Wittman ordered intentional fouls with just over two minutes remaining.

Jordan went 6-for-10 from the line in the game, making six in a row after missing his first four.

“After I missed the first four I felt like they left my hand good,” Jordan said. “And my teammates kept telling me those are good misses, keep shooting it the way you’re shooting it. Once the strategy came from the other team [to intentionally foul] I just wanted to shoot it the same way and they fell for me.”

After Jordan’s free throws stretched the lead to 106-99, Jamal Crawford effectively ended the Wizards (22-23) chances to move above .500 for the first time this season with a pair of free throws and a jumper as he fell to the floor with 1:13 to go.

Crawford finished 21 points off the bench, Blake Griffin scored a game-high 29 with nine rebounds and four assists, Darren Collison had 16 points and nine assists and Jordan registered 14 points and 17 rebounds.

“It was a grind it out game,” Crawford said. “We withstood their run. We leaned on our defense and whenever we do that we have a good chance to win.”

Prior to the game, Rivers indicated there was a chance Wednesday’s matchup might be a grind. He said he was approaching their lone home game in this stretch of nine games in 14 days as if it were a nine-game road trip. And the Clippers, who had won the previous three before returning home, picked up where they left off back east.

That is until, a tip in by Kevin Seraphin cut the Clippers’ once 16-point lead to 100-99 with 3:00 minutes to go. Collison made a layup in traffic on the ensuing possession and Jordan saved the Clippers from there.

“Any time we have a double-digit lead we’re supposed to be able to maintain that and build from that,” said Jordan. “We can’t let teams back in the game, especially in the fourth quarter.”

They built the lead by scoring 30 and 32 points in each of the first two quarters, respectively. While they may have been more turnover prone than usual, committing 19 that led to 22 Wizards points in the game, they also played with the kind of burst that has propelled them to one of the league’s best home records. Four players scored in double figures in the first half, including Griffin leading all scorers with 16 and Jordan reaching his 22nd double-double with an emphatic dunk off a lob from Griffin with three seconds to play in the second.

Griffin and Jordan connected on seven combined dunks in the first half, two off lobs from Collison, who scored 10 of the Clippers’ first 18 points.

“I wanted to make sure we got off to a good start,” Collison said. “Coming off a long road trip, you tend mentally to not get it going from the start. So, I wanted to make sure we got off to a good start and it worked out for us.”

NOTES

The Clippers have scored 109 points or more in each of their last nine victories… They are 11-3 this season without Chris Paul, including 10-3 since he went out with a separated shoulder on Jan. 3… John Wall had 19 points and Bradley Beal had 20 for the Wizards. They combined to shoot 15-for-27… The Clippers entered the game as the No. 1 3-point defense in the league and held Washington to 3-for-22 from distance… The Wizards outscored the Clippers, 62-42, in the paint… The Clippers made 32 of their 42 free throws, including a season-high 11-for-12 from Crawford, who was fouled on two 3-point shot attempts by Garrett Temple. Temple committed five fouls in the game, three of which occurred on 3-pointers. The Clippers went 8-for-9 on those foul shots…

QUOTES

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“That was a good win for us. That was a hard game in my opinion. We still think that we are on this road trip. I just thought that was a really hard game for us, but we played really well. I didn’t think we started off the game very well. The second unit again kind of got us back into our rhythm. That one stretch with Turk [Hedo Turkoglu]; that is as hard as I’ve seen him [play] and that was good for us. Then, I thought the third quarter was the only negative of the game. We let our guard down and they got back into the game, and that’s dangerous.”


CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Thoughts on tomorrow’s back-to-back

“We’re coming to play. When stuff happens, it happens, and we have to just play through it; but that’s going to happen in the playoffs. You can’t go in waiting for stuff to happen; you’ve got to go into the game ready to play basketball, maybe a hockey game will break out.”

 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Thoughts on David Stern

“He’s been great for this league; he’s been great for me. I think the public sees the mean side of David Stern, so much they don’t see the real side. He calls, and when I got fired, he was one of the first calls in Orlando. He cares about the league, so we’ll miss him and that will be a fact. We will miss him and Adam [Silver] will be great, but David Stern, he gets all the heat and then gets enough of the good stuff. It’s amazing, he’s done this great job of making sure the players are the stars, are the stars, are the stars; and yet behind the scenes, he’s been a super star and almost no one has noticed. That’s probably the way he wanted it. So he’s going to leave the league better than when he started and that’s a great thing. We’re going to miss him.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Play of DeAndre Jordan

“He did a good job tonight. When he goes to the line in those situations, he needs to be confident, and do what you do in practice. Obviously easier said than done, but he was big tonight.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“Yeah I thought we just did a poor job in the third quarter. We just let up; took our foot off the gas and got careless. I got careless and it starts with me. We need to do a better job with that, but we’ll take the win any way we can. Guys stepped up when we needed them to.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: DeAndre Jordan as a potential All-Star

“Yeah, I don’t know what more you want him to do. He [DeAndre Jordan]’s leading the league in rebounding. [He’s] an anchor for us defensively, blocking shots, but having said that there’s a lot of guys that deserve to play in the All- Star Game. Every year, there [are] guys that get snubbed. I mean last year if you look at Stephen [Curry] just off the top of my head; that’s a huge one right there… I feel like he deserved it. So for DeAndre, I think he has had an All- Star year, but by no means does All-Star define what you do for the season.”

 

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN

RE: Four late fourth quarter free throws

“My teammates just gave me a lot of confidence when I was going up there. I’m probably going to ask Doc [Rivers] if I can shoot the techs [technical foul shots] from now on. But honestly, after I missed the first four, I felt like they left my hand good. My teammates just kept telling me, „those are good misses, those are good misses, just keep shooting it the way you’re shooting it.’ Once the strategy came from the other team, I just wanted to keep shooting the same way, and they fell for me.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD JJ REDICK

RE: Clutch shooting

“I was listening to Doc [Rivers] a little bit when he was talking, and we did let our guard down. There were some execution errors, stuff that we haven’t really done, you know specifically the turnovers. I don’t think we screened well for a lot of the game. I don’t think our timing was right on a lot of our plays, but we were still scoring and got lulled into a false sense of security, and they turned it on and we weren’t ready for that. So in the 4th Quarter, I think we executed better, we ran some good stuff. The play with me and Jamal [Crawford] up top, you know we were kind of just playing basketball and reading things; and that got me open couple of times, got Jamal loose, so that’s been a good play for us.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD JJ REDICK

RE: Chemistry with Jamal Crawford

“Well I think it’s the first time we’ve been playing together. Early in the season before Chris [Paul] got hurt and I got hurt, there was a lot of splitting time and depending on lineups down the stretch, you may be playing four-five minutes with a guy. And at that point, Chris and Blake [Griffin] were pretty much controlling the ball in those scenarios, so it’s out of necessity that we’ve been playing more together in the last few weeks since I’ve been back from my injury. It’s been easy too, Jamal’s a great player, he plays basketball and he makes basketball plays, and it’s been easy.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“I was really surprised by the start that we had. We were able to get out to that lead. We’ve got to do a better job of keeping that lead. I think we started to settle later in the third and fourth quarter, but we were able to get our focus back and we were able to close it out with a win.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Chris Paul’s role on the team while injured

“[Chris Paul] has always been helpful; he’s always been supportive. Chris, if he’s not playing, he’s always going to give his two cents and try to find out ways to help the team even when he’s not playing. That’s why he’s one of the best players in the world; because he understands the game. Anytime he talks, everybody listens. He’s the leader of the team.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD JARED DUDLEY

RE: Coming back from the long road trip

“For us, coming back off of that road trip, we didn’t have a shootaround. Just getting enough rest, and getting adjusted to the time zone, sometimes you come out sluggish and sometimes you can have your guard let down. But I think with this team, we have a bigger goal in mind, so guys come prepared.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD JARED DUDLEY

RE: Tomorrow’s game against Golden State

“It’s a team that’s your rival. It’s a team that you can see in the playoffs, so you want them thinking that you’re better than them. For us, it’s trying to get a big road win on a back-to-back in a national television game to make a statement.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“It wasn’t pretty, that’s for sure. It was a grind it out game. We withstood their run, we leaned on our defense, and whenever we do that, we have a good chance to win.”

 

WIZARDS HEAD COACH RANDY WITTMAN

RE: Final minutes of the game

“We battled the last few minutes, gave ourselves a chance to win. They made some plays down at the end, and give them credit, they pulled it out. But I don’t think you can say the last four minutes we lost it.”

 

WIZARDS HEAD COACH RANDY WITTMAN

RE: Keeping the team focused on a back-to-back

“This is our job, and if you take it seriously like these guys do… everybody plays back-to-back, so we played some extra guys tonight early, and tried to keep fresh. I want our guys ready. You’re going to play back to back games. We’ve got twenty one of them.”

 

WIZARDS HEAD COACH RANDY WITTMAN

RE: Positive takeaways from the game

“We fought back. I wasn’t really happy with our defense in the first half. 62 [points], I think we gave up in the first half. And so we had to come out with a better focus in the second half, which we did, and then we got things going from an offensive standpoint. We moved the ball [and] we attacked off the dribble a little bit. Mainly, we came out with a better effort from the defensive standpoint.”

 

WIZARDS FORWARD TREVOR ARIZA

RE: Team’s struggles

“First half we didn’t come ready to play like we should have; and I feel like that’s the part of the game that got us.”

 

WIZARDS FORWARD TREVOR ARIZA

RE: Final minutes of the game

“We just missed shots. We got good looks. We got what we wanted a lot of the time, made the right plays, the right passes, but we just couldn’t finish and they did a good job defensively.”

 

WIZARDS FORWARD TREVOR ARIZA

RE: Three point shooting

“We were bad from the three point line tonight. But we’ll continue to work on them, continue to shoot them and stay confident when we shoot them.”

 

WIZARDS GUARD BRADLEY BEAL

RE: Struggles down the stretch

“We did a lot of fouling down the stretch, and we didn’t make plays on the offensive end. We got out of rhythm a little bit, they were executing on their end of the floor, and we couldn’t get a stop. But you definitely have to tip your hat off to them.”

 

WIZARDS GUARD BRADLEY BEAL

RE: Focus on a back-to-back

“It’s always tough on a back-to-back, but we still had a great chance of winning this game. We put ourselves in a great position, but we just didn’t have it at the end of the game. And we just have to continue to play hard, continue to play the way we did tonight. We fought as best we could, [but] we could have made better decisions on both ends of the floor.”

 

WIZARDS GUARD BRADLEY BEAL

RE: Individual performance

“I was feeling alright. My team was doing a great job in the first half, and I knew in the second half I would have to step up and be more aggressive. I was given an opportunity again in the fourth, and I took full advantage of it, stayed confident. My teammates found me, and I knocked down some shots.”

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PREVIEW

By: Ben Haber | Follow @HaberBen


There’s no place like home. After the Clippers best Grammy trip in franchise history at 5-2, including three in a row, they are back in their usual stomping grounds.

Staples Center tends to aid the Clippers, who are 18-3 at home. The impressive showings in Los Angeles are only short of Oklahoma City in the Western Conference, and rank fourth best in the NBA. The Clippers stay in Southern California won’t be long, hosting the Washington Wizards Wednesday and following it up Thursday in Golden State. The Wizards (22-22) are currently slotted in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Washington comes in on the second night of a back-to-back, winning 88-85 at Golden State Tuesday. They have alternated wins and losses in their last eight games.

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP

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DEANDRE JORDAN VS. MARCIN GORTAT

Jordan continues to snatch 10-plus rebounds regularly, doing so in 24 consecutive games. Since the beginning of the 1985-86 season, Blake Griffin holds the team record with 27 games of 10 or more rebounds. Marcin Gortat is also finding his rhthym, scoring double-digit points in each of the last seven games. Over the Wizards previous five games, Gortat has logged four double-doubles.

Jordan

G

PPG

RPG

BPG

APG

FG %

FT %

2013-14

47

9.5

13.9

2.4

0.9

.645

.405

vs. WAS

9

7.2

9.2

1.4

0.4

.643

.478

vs. Gortat

14

7.0

5.9

0.9

0.6

.649

.545

 

Gortat

G

PPG

RPG

BPG

APG

FG%

FT%

2013-14

43

12.2

8.7

1.6

1.5

.522

.720

vs. LAC

15

10.3

8.2

0.86

1.0

.529

.619

vs. Jordan

14

9.8

7.9

0.9

1.0

.514

.605

3-ON-3

Clippers

- Among the many points of emphasis on defense under Doc Rivers, 3-point defense was stressed persistently. In 2013-13, The Clipper were 26th in the league at guarding the long ball and have catapulted up the charts to second in 2013-14. Defending the 3-pointers will be key against the Wizards. Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster are shooting better than 39.0 percent from beyond the arc, helping the Wizards rank fifth in the NBA.

- Griffin is three assists from reaching 1,000 in his career. He had just two assists against the Bucks on Monday, but in all likelihood will fare better at home Wednesday. He’s averaging 5.2 assists in six career games versus the Wizards, the most against any opponent.

- The Clippers have made 12 or more 3-pointers in each of the last three games and look to extend that streak against the league’s 14th ranked 3-point defense. Washington allows opponents to shoot 35.8 percent from distance. The Clippers made nine 3-pointers in their previous meeting against Washington.

Wizards

- The entire Wizards starting lineup tallies at least 10 point per game. Webster also logs double-digits off the bench. Despite six players with over 10 points per game, the Wizards are slightly below average for points at No. 19 averaging 98.9.

- John Wall thought he deserved to be on team USA Basketball’s national team, consisting of 28-players. Wall told the Washington Post he plans on using the “snub” as motivation. Wall is expected to be named to his first All-Star team on Thursday. He is averaging 20 points, 8.5 and 4.3 rebounds. Against the Clippers on Dec 14, 2013, Wall’s 24 points and 12 assists got overshadowed by Chris Paul’s 38 points and 12 assists.

- Rebounds may be swing the pendulum one way or the other. The Clippers are No. 16 in the category, while the Wizards are No. 17. Jordan and Griffin combine to easily provide more rebounds per outing than Gortat and Nene. But at the guard position, Wall and Beal haul in 3.7 additional rebounds than Darren Collison and J.J. Redick.

NOTES

The Clippers last home loss to the Wizards was on Feb 13, 2008. They have won five straight at Staples Center against the Wizards and nine of their last 10 overall… Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell played on the Clippers from 2005-08… Griffin’s first career-triple double was against Washington on March 3, 2011, notching 33 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists… Jamal Crawford is averaging 25.4 points per game in his last seven… Darren Collison is shooting 50 percent from the field in his 12 starts since Paul was injured.   

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Blake Griffin: “For the past two or three nights, everybody has been talking about how much they can’t wait to get home and it’s easy to, not overlook a team, but almost look forward to getting home a little bit more. I’m proud of the way everybody buckled down and played, especially in the last three games after a disappointing loss in Charlotte. Coming back and winning the last three is big.”

INJURY UPDATE

LAC: Chris Paul (shoulder) remains out.

WAS: None reported.

REGULAR SEASON HISTORY

All-Time: 37-72 (Home: 20-34), Road: (17-38)

2013-14: 1-0

Current Overall Streak: Won 1

Home Streak: Won 5

Last Win: Jan.19, 2013 (94-87)

Last Loss: Feb.13, 2008 (89-91)

Largest Margin of Victory:

Home: 37 (130-93), Jan. 14, 1978

Largest Margin of Defeat:

Home: 36 (88-124), Nov. 21, 1972

LAST TIME OUT


PREVIOUS GAME | BOX SCORE

Clippers Leaders:
Pts: Crawford 25
Reb: Jordan 18
Ast: Collison 7

Last Time Out



126


118


WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Wizards Leaders:
Pts: Beal 20
Reb: Gortat 12
Ast: Wall 5

BOX SCORE »



88



85

SEASON SERIES


Dec. 14, 2013 at Verizon Center:
Clippers 113, Wizards 97 - RECAP

Jan. 29, 2014 at Staples Center