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It looked like the Los Angeles Clippers were going to run away with the game after a 34 to 18 first quarter, but the New Orleans Pelicans answered by getting hot from outside, knocking down 5 3-pointers in the quarter and outscoring the Clippers in the 2nd by the same 16 point margin to tie the score at 54 a piece going into halftime. The Clippers starters took control of the game in the 3rd and never looked back, beating the Pelicans 120-100 on Saturday night and extending their winning streak to 7 games.
The 2nd unit giving up the 16 point lead in the 2nd quarter was a point of contention in the Clippers locker room at halftime.
“That’s the most upset I’ve seen our team at halftime,” Doc Rivers said following the game. “The lesson for the second unit was make your own day. In the fourth quarter, the second unit came in and finished the job this time.”
Blake Griffin continues his torrid pace, scoring 30 points on the night to lead the Clippers. Griffin reached the 7,000 point milestone on Saturday.
DeAndre Jordan had another stellar night on the boards and protecting the rim, nabbing a game high 16 rebounds and registering 5 blocks; also, finished with 8 points.
JJ Redick had his 3rd straight 20 point game, scoring 21 on 8 for 14 from the field and 5 for 9 from behind the arc. Redick is averaging 21.3 points per game and shooting 61 percent from the field and 62 percent from 3 in the last 3 games.
The small forward position as been one where production has been hard to come by but not on Saturday as Matt Barnes had a good showing, scoring 14 in 34 minutes.
As usual, Jamal Crawford led the reserves off the bench with 20 points on 6 for 11 from the field.
Chris Paul registered a double-double with 18 points and 16 assists. Paul is tied for 5th in the NBA with 11 double-doubles on the season.
The Clippers did a good job containing Pelicans star Anthony Davis who finished the night with 26 but only 3 rebounds, 1 block and for the first time in a game this season, no steals.
The win improves the Clippers record to 14-5 but still in 6th place in the very competitive Western Conference.
The Clippers host the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on Monday.