Week in review for the Los Angeles Clippers

December 30th, 2012

 

The winning streak for the LA Clippers seems to have no ending. The 12-game winning streak was extended to 16 during this past week, when the team won each and every game it played. They have now broken by far the franchise history record for the most wins in a row, previously hold by the Buffalo Braves during the 1974-75 season.
The Clippers broke out against the Suns at Phoenix to record their 13th straight, 103-77 was the final score. Griffin and Paul led the team with 23 and 17 points respectively and also got a great help form reserve sixth man Jamal Crawford who finished with 22.

The next victim for the surging Clippers was the Denver Nuggets. Jamal Crawford once again had a great output with 22 points to go along with 8 rebounds off the bench and Matt Barnes provided a huge burst off the bench with 20 points. Barnes has proven to be a great off-season acquisition for this Clippers team and is utilized the best way possible by Head Coach Vinnie Del Negro. The whole bench performed well at this game, as it does most of the times this season.

The winning flow continued for the 15th consecutive time for LA on Thursday night. This time it was the Celtics who got hit and smashed by the razing Clippers who beat the Celtics by 29 points, 77-109. Matt Barnes tied his season-high with 21 points off the bench, while fellow reserve Jamal Crawford finished the game with 17. The more the Clippers win the more it’s clearly shown that the team possesses a roster with great depth and with a tremendous chemistry between the starters and the bench. Of course, Coach Vinnie Del Negro has found the secret recipe on how to utilize all the ingredients the best way and that’s how the team manages to stay red hot for all those games until now this season.

Last game of the week came against the Utah Jazz. It was a really close game with a dramatic finish, but the Clips managed to get away with a close win, 116-114. It is very important for any team to win all games, including tough and close ones and even when they are not attaining their best performance. That was the story on Friday night at the Energy Solutions Arena, when the Jazz throttled their way to a 36 point second quarter, while holding LA down to just 19. The deficit got up to 16 points for Utah, but Chris Paul came up big, scoring all of the last seven points for his team, including some clutch free throws to give his team the win.

The Clippers will finish the year facing again the Utah Jazz, this time at the Staples Center and then start the next year with the best omens. First game of 2013 comes on Tuesday the 1st against the Nuggets on the road. The Clippers then continue their road trip and on Wednesday they face the Golden State Warriors. Last two games for the first week of 2013 are against the LA Lakers and then again the Golden State Warriors, both of them at home.



The Los Angeles Clippers extend their winning streak to 14

December 26th, 2012

 

It’s now 14 and counting for the LA Clippers who now hold the longest winning streak in the NBA this season and of course they have already recorder the longest winning streak in the history of the franchise. This time it was the Denver Nuggets who fell to the top formed LA team, 112-100 on the last game of the Christmas Day.

As usual, the Clippers bench turned on fire but this time they didn’t wait till the last quarter, as they usually do. Instead they picked up their performance right from the start. They managed to score a season-high 42 points in the second quarter, while holding their opponents to just 22. The bench scored 28 of those 42 points and the lead was extended to 67-48 by halftime. That outburst was enough to give LA the win and all they really had to do was to just maintain their advantage through the next half. Crawford with 22 points, Barnes with 20 and Eric Bledsoe with 12 points led the way for the Clippers. The starters also performed well but didn’t have to do anything more than to just keep the engine warm, as the reserves had already done the dirty job. The exciting crowd in the Staples Center had the opportunity to enjoy a perfect Christmas Day game that included several highflying dunks and breakaway highlight moments, with Blake Griffin being the protagonist once again. He finished with 13 points while Chris Paul had 14 to go along with 8 assists. Lamar Odom had a smooth performance with 6 points and also 10 rebounds. “We had good bench production tonight, especially in that second quarter, and at the end of the third a little bit to withstand their run. Just a good, overall team effort.” Said Clippers Coach Vinnie Del Negro.

The Clippers are now lying at the top of the Western Conference with a 22-6 record and also have the best record in the entire league, after Oklahoma City fell to the Miami Heat a few hours before. “It’s nice, but it’s Christmas and we have a long way to … a lot of games to play and a lot of improving to do.” , said Coach Vinnie Del Negro, meaning that the team shouldn’t rest on their up to this point successful run.

For the Nuggets, starting center Kostas Koufos had a great game with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Ty Lawson finished with 15. However, their star forward Danillo Gallinari was ice-cold shooting just 1-10 from the field to finish with 7 points.
The game at Staples Center started just 7.30 hours after the Lakers game was finished and it was really challenging for the stadium’s staff to have everything set up till tipoff. The Clippers have now improved to a 13-3 record at home.

The last two games of 2012 for the Clippers come against the Utah Jazz. First one is on Friday on the road and the last one, Sunday night at the Staples Center.



Clippers 103 Nuggets 95 Staples Center

February 23rd, 2012

 

L.A. Clippers Denver 103 95

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:30 PM

Location -   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials -   #52 Scott Twardoski, #57 Greg Willard, #40 Leon Wood
Attendance -    19163

CLIPPERS 103, NUGGETS 95: Chris Paul scored a season-high 36 points and had nine assists and Blake Griffin had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Clippers past visiting Denver.

Paul was 11 of 16 from the field and made 11 of 12 free throws.

The Clippers led 89-83 but Denver used a 7-0 run to take back the lead, 90-89 with 7:26 left. That was the final field goal the Nuggets (18-16) made as they missed their final 13 shots. Griffin scored six of the Clippers final 12 points as they pulled away.

DeAndre Jordan grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 10 for the Clippers (20-11), who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Jordan Hamilton had his best game of the season for the Nuggets, scoring a season-best 18 points, including 4 of 5 on 3-pointers, and grabbing seven rebounds.

Denver’s Arron Afflalo had 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

Nuggets reserve Al Harrington had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. Kenneth Faried had 12 points and nine rebounds.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said he is pleased overall with the Clippers as they heading into the All-Star break. “I’m pleased with the way the guys have kind of tried to come together with a lot of moving parts,” Del Negro said. “I think overall the guys have really stayed together and grinded some wins out for us, which has put us in a good position.” … Nene (calf injury) has played in just 23 of Denver’s 34 games and might not be 100 percent healthy until next season, according to coach George Karl. … Los Angeles’ Mo Williams was just 2 of 16 and made just 1 of 9 3-pointers.

L.A. Clippers will play their next game at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves. You can get tickets for the Timberwolves Vs Clippers now. The Clippers have a W/L % of  .550 after a win and .818    after a loss.

  • Denver  will play their next game at home against the San Antonio Spurs.  The  Nuggets have a W/L % of  .632 after a win and .400 after a loss.


  • Recap Warriors defeated LA Clippers

    February 23rd, 2012

     

    Recap: Warriors defeated LA Clippers (104-97)

     WARRIORS Vs CLIPPERS 104-97: Brandon Rush hit the go-ahead 3-pointer and Monta Ellis scored 32 points for host Golden State.

    David Lee had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Ekpe Udoh added a career-best 19 points as the Warriors scored the game’s final nine points to snap a three-game losing streak.

    Chris Paul scored 24 points, Mo Williams had 22 points and drained a season-best six 3-pointers and Blake Griffin scored 21 for the Clippers.

    Williams scored 13 final-quarter points and put Los Angeles ahead 97-95 on a basket with 3:15 to play. Rush hit the decisive 3-pointer with 2:07 remaining and the Clippers never scored again while suffering their second consecutive loss.

    Ellis drove for a hoop, Stephen Curry hit two free throws and Nate Robinson floated in a driving basket to finish off Los Angeles.

    Reggie Evans had a season-best 12 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan grabbed 11 boards and Griffin added nine as the Clippers had a 46-38 rebounding edge.

    The Warriors led 74-67 after a 3-pointer by Ellis with 4:16 left in the third quarter. The Clippers cut the margin to three points entering the final stanza and took a 78-77 lead on a 3-pointer by Williams with 10:49 to play.

    Golden State led 29-23 after one quarter and increased the lead to 10 points early in the second quarter. The Clippers battled back and Paul hit back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to conclude a 12-0 surge that gave Los Angeles a 38-35 advantage with 7:26 left in the half.

    The Warriors responded with an 11-3 run, taking a five-point lead on a hoop by Ellis with 3:35 remaining. The game was tied 56-56 at halftime.

    Paul had 20 points in the first half and Ellis had 18.

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    Final words

     Udoh reached double figures for the third time this season and made his first start of the campaign because Andris Biedrins missed the game with flu-like symptoms. … Williams has made seven 3-pointers in a game three times in his eight-year career. … Golden State forward Dorell Wright was scoreless for the second straight game and has missed 13 shots in the two contests. … The Clippers committed 17 turnovers to Golden State’s nine.



    Warriors 104 LA Clippers 97

    February 21st, 2012

     

    Golden State 104, L.A. Clippers 97
    Monday, February 20, 2012 10:30 PM
    Location -   Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
    Officials -   #18 Matt Boland, #72 J.T. Orr, #9 Derrick Stafford
    Attendance -    19596
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    WARRIORS 104, CLIPPERS 97: Brandon Rush hit the go-ahead 3-pointer and Monta Ellis scored 32 points for host Golden State.

    David Lee had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Ekpe Udoh added a career-best 19 points as the Warriors scored the game’s final nine points to snap a three-game losing streak.

    Chris Paul scored 24 points, Mo Williams had 22 points and drained a season-best six 3-pointers and Blake Griffin scored 21 for the Clippers.

    Williams scored 13 final-quarter points and put Los Angeles ahead 97-95 on a basket with 3:15 to play. Rush hit the decisive 3-pointer with 2:07 remaining and the Clippers never scored again while suffering their second consecutive loss.

    Ellis drove for a hoop, Stephen Curry hit two free throws and Nate Robinson floated in a driving basket to finish off Los Angeles.

    Reggie Evans had a season-best 12 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan grabbed 11 boards and Griffin added nine as the Clippers had a 46-38 rebounding edge.

    The Warriors led 74-67 after a 3-pointer by Ellis with 4:16 left in the third quarter. The Clippers cut the margin to three points entering the final stanza and took a 78-77 lead on a 3-pointer by Williams with 10:49 to play.

    Golden State led 29-23 after one quarter and increased the lead to 10 points early in the second quarter. The Clippers battled back and Paul hit back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to conclude a 12-0 surge that gave Los Angeles a 38-35 advantage with 7:26 left in the half.

    The Warriors responded with an 11-3 run, taking a five-point lead on a hoop by Ellis with 3:35 remaining. The game was tied 56-56 at halftime.

    Paul had 20 points in the first half and Ellis had 18.

    GAME NOTEBOOK: Udoh reached double figures for the third time this season and made his first start of the campaign because Andris Biedrins missed the game with flu-like symptoms. … Williams has made seven 3-pointers in a game three times in his eight-year career. … Golden State forward Dorell Wright was scoreless for the second straight game and has missed 13 shots in the two contests. … The Clippers committed 17 turnovers to Golden State’s nine.

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    How did the Nuggets Smash Clippers on Thursday?

    February 4th, 2012

     

    After the 112-91 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday in L.A., Clippers’ star Blake Griffin said, ““It rattled me a little bit..It was a good foul, a hard foul.”  Timofey Mozgov finally got a chance to give back some of the pounding he has been taking from some of the NBA’s high flying dunking machines, like Blake Griffin.  Mozgov has long been posterized by a long list of NBA players, but tonight he finally got his payback in the third quarter.  The Los Angeles Clippers let Danilo Gallinari drain five of five three pointers on the night, good for 21 points.  Off the bench, Rudy Fernandez and Al Harrington each drained a pair of triples to further bury the Clippers.  The Clips’ lone bright spot was Foye and Mo Williams off the bench, again, scoring 17 and 13 points respectively.  The Clippers starting five looked disjointed and out of sync, especially Chauncey Billups who may have had trouble guarding some of the bigger Nuggets.  DeAndre Jordan once again only got two touches, scoring only 2 points, but racking in 9 boards and a crazy 5 blocked shots.  On the year, he is contending with the Washington Wizard’s Javale McGee for the most blocks.  Aside from letting the Nuggets shoot 53%, what went wrong for the Clippers?

    At home, the Clippers were a one point favorite and had a distinct advantage being the home favorite.  On the year, they were 10-2 at home and 2-0 went being the home favorite on the year.  However, this year Denver has been absurdly hot as an underdog.  In six games as an underdog, Denver is 5-1.  Against Pacific division opponents, they were also 4-1.  This year is an anomaly so far in the matchup between these two teams because over the past three years, the Clippers have won all 3 matchups and an exciting 21 of their last 30 against the Nuggets (going back to 1996).  Therefore, last night’s game was certainly an oddity.  But it should be taken as a testament to the Nuggets fortitude on the season and how much they have progressed since last season and especially since the departure of Carmelo Anthony.

    Last Sunday the two teams also met but in Denver.  The result was somewhat different.  There the Clippers won 109-105 behind Chauncey Billups’ 32 points.  On Thursday, Chauncey struggled for any number of reasons, which may include 1.) age; 2.) too many games in a week; 3.) Billups’ role in the offense.  On the season, he is averaging 15 points, 4 assists, and 2 threes a game on 35% shooting.  On Wednesday, at Utah, Billups also shot poorly, going 1 for 8 for 8 points.  On Sunday’s win at Denver, Billups shot 11 for 20 for 32 points.  In fact, in the Clippers’ last four losses, Chauncey is only shooting 12 for 42, good for 28%.  In the last four wins, he has shot 21 for 47, which is nearly 45%.  Clearly, as Billups goes, so go the Clippers.  Mozgov’s awesome block on Blake Griffin may be the highlight of the night, but Billups’ struggles are a deeper, more concerning problem.

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    Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder At L.A. Clippers

    January 30th, 2012

     

    THE STORY: After pulling out a gutsy 109-105 road victory at Denver on Sunday, the Los Angeles Clippers don’t have much time to celebrate as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. Oklahoma City not only sports the best record in the NBA (16-3) but also has the best road record (8-2). Chauncey Billups lit up his former Nuggets team with a season-high 32 points, including 18 on 3-pointers. Chris Paul scored 25. Thunder coach Scott Brooks, a former point guard, is awed by Paul and cringes at the thought of defending him and Blake Griffin. “The guy is one of the best,” Brooks said. “He’s clever. He’s tough. He’s a coach on the floor. He will make Blake better because he finds him in the right spots.” Kevin Durant scored a season-high 37 in Oklahoma City’s 120-109 road victory against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, helping the Thunder win its fourth in a row and nine of its last 10.

    TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FS Oklahoma, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)

    ABOUT THE THUNDER (16-3): Guard James Harden is one of the early favorites for NBA Sixth Man of the Year and is producing the best statistics of his career. He leads all reserves with a 16.8 scoring average. He has started only one of 19 games this season and scored in double figures 18 times. He has also scored 20 or more points in six games and is averaging 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 29 minutes. In his last five games, Harden is shooting 58.1 percent from the field.
     
    ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (11-6): Billups can only hope his return to his current home is as productive as his return to Denver, his hometown. In his first game back since a trade that sent him and Carmelo Anthony to New York last February, Billups received a standing ovation and several highlights of his Nuggets days were shown on video scoreboards. Backup guard Eric Bledsoe was called up from Bakersfield of the Development League but did not play against Denver.

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    Preview: L.A. Clippers At Nuggets 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 29, 2012

    January 29th, 2012

     

    THE STORY: Chauncey Billups will be making his first visit to Denver since being traded by the team to New York along with Carmelo Anthony last Feb. 22. This will be more than a simple return to a former team for Billups and his Los Angeles Clippers when they visit the Mile High City for Sunday night’s game against a Nuggets team riding a six-game winning streak. Billups grew up in Denver, played at Colorado and plans to retire to Denver when his career is over. “That’s my hometown,” Billups told the Los Angeles Times. “I am Denver. That’ll never change … I love the town.” The Nuggets, who lead the NBA in scoring (105.8 points), have won nine in a row at home against the Clippers. Los Angeles has lost four in a row on the road, and is coming off a 98-91 victory over Memphis in which it almost blew a 16-point lead. “Sooner or later we’re going to learn, because these little opportunities can slip away from you,” said Chris Paul.

    ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (10-6): Mo Williams is proving to be one of the best sixth men in the NBA this season. Williams is averaging 22.2 points in the last five games. Williams has been the speculation of possible trade rumors, possibly going to the Staples Center neighbor Lakers to team with Kobe Bryant. Guard Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) practiced with the Clippers on Saturday and will be available against the Nuggets. Bledsoe played two games with the Bakersfield Jam of the Developmental League.

    ABOUT THE NUGGETS (14-5): Point guard Ty Lawson (sprained left ankle) plans to play against the Clippers after missing Denver’s game on Friday against Toronto. “It’s a big game and I want to be ready for it,” said Lawson. “I’m pretty optimistic. I’m feeling a lot better. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.” Lawson, who averages 15.7 points and 6.5 assists, will face one of the league’s best point guards in Paul.
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