The Los Angeles Clippers looked pretty good in beating the New Orleans Pelicans, 108-95, Wednesday night at Staples Center. It was the Clippers fifth win in six games. Three of those wins coming on the road as part of that “Disney On Ice” road-trip which had Los Angeles away from L.A. Live for some two weeks.
“We played pretty flat.” Said Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. “Maybe this was the day the trip caught up to us. It just felt like we were flat that first half.”
Considering Los Angeles led 52-45 at halftime, most of the Clipper-Nation faithful would probably take that flat play any time.
The Clippers broke it open in the third quarter led by Blake Griffin who worked another double-double with 21 points and 12 boards and the tenacious play of center DeAndre Jordan.
“Outstanding. 5 blocks, 14 points, 20 rebounds is no question…MVP of the night.” Clippers point guard Chris Paul said. “We don’t win this game without his effort. We were a little sluggish tonight.”
“Doc said he wants me to be the leader and the anchor of our defense, and he really meant that.” Said Jordan. “Anything he asks of me, I’m going to work my butt off to try and make it happen.”
“Everyone’s going to embrace their role I think, but he’s doing a really good job.” Said Blake Griffin about DJ. He added, “Getting rebounds, blocking shots, altering shots…..it’s unbelievable.”
Los Angeles led by as many as 18 points in the second half.
For the Pelicans, it was their third straight defeat in this second leg of a back-to-back which saw them lose at Golden State Tuesday night.
Against the Clippers New Orleans was paced by center Anthony Davis who made his return after being sidelined for three weeks with a fracture of the left hand.
“It felt good to be back on the floor.” Said Anthony who totaled 15 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes. “I’ve been out for like three, three and a half weeks. Just to be back there, have fun and do the things that we’re doing, it was great. I’m upset that we got the loss but we have to learn from it.”
Ryan Anderson also had 15 points for New Orleans which fell to 11-13 with the loss. They're in Portland to take on the Trailblazers Saturday night.
The Clippers improved to 18-9 and get a couple of days to rest. They next host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night at Staples Center.