New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - There was no letdown for the Los Angeles
Clippers on Monday.
One day after knocking off the Thunder in Oklahoma City, the Clippers downed
the New Orleans Pelicans 123-110 behind good ball movement and a balanced
Jamal Crawford shot 7-of-12 from behind the arc and logged 24 points, Blake
Griffin chipped in with 22 points and Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan each
posted gaudy double-doubles in the triumph.
The Clippers made 16 3-pointers and had 34 assists on 43 made baskets.
Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 26 points and 11 rebounds but was hit with
an inopportune technical foul down the stretch of a fourth straight loss.
Alexis Ajinca netted 19 points in the setback.
The Clippers made six 3-pointers in the second quarter as they extended a
32-26 edge entering the frame to 61-53 heading into the locker room.
Crawford added two more from long range early in the third and Griffin's
personal 9-0 run, capped by an alley-oop off a feed from Paul, stretched LA's
lead to 76-58 just four minutes into the period.
The closest the Pelicans got from there was 10, when Jeff Withey put back a
Tyreke Evans miss to bring the hosts within 100-90 with 7:39 left in
Crawford answered with a 3-pointer, and three Paul free throws stemming from
Davis' foul and subsequent technical gave the Clippers a healthy 111-95 lead
that never dipped into single digits.
Paul finished with 19 points and 13 assists against his former team ... Jordan
checked in with 14 points and 16 boards ... The Clippers shot 51.8 percent
from the floor ... Los Angeles is 15-7 in the 22 games Crawford has started
... The Clippers have won five straight meetings with the Pelicans ... Matt
Barnes, Hedo Turkoglu and Darren Collison all netted 12 points for LA.
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