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DeAndre Jordan has dominate performance in Clippers win

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The Los Angeles Clippers emerged victorious once behind the valiant efforts of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, who captivated the sellout crowd in a 108-95 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Clippers began sluggish and looked uninspired in the first quarter, but that quickly changed in the second quarter when Jordan emerged as powerhouse on both ends of the floor.

The Pelicans had no chance in the third quarter, when the Clippers pulled away with 15-2 run capped off by a huge three pointer by Jamal Crawford.

Despite the effort of Anthony Davis four points in the final minute of the third quarter, they still could not get close to the Clippers. Los Angeles led 78-65 as they headed into the fourth quarter.

"We kept a double-digit lead but you never felt comfortable because we couldn't pull away," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. "We played pretty flat."

The three pointers came raining down like a southern thunderstorm from Chris Paul, Willie Green, and Jared Dudley that totaled five in the quarter.

The second unit and Jordan carried the Clippers to the victory, especially when Griffin fouled out with approximately four minutes left.

Anthony Davis' return from a broken hand didn't limit him scoring as he finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

"It's great just to get back out there with my teammates, have fun and do the things that I'm used to doing. I've got to get back in a rhythm," Davis said.

Former UCLA Bruin Jrue Holiday added 13 points and 10 assists, and Tyreke Evans finished with a triple double of 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

It was big getting me and AD back, but we're going to need everybody on this team," said Evans. "Everybody's a big key, but we're still learning to play with each other."

DeAndre Jordan finished with 14 points, 20 rebounds, and 5 blocks in the win.

"DJ kept us in it with his defense and rebounding," Rivers said of his center. "He's just going after things. He accepts his role and he's become a star in it. He's still going to score by doing all of that stuff."

Chris Paul added 12 points and 11 assist, and Blake Griffin finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

"We had to set the tone, since me, Blake and DJ are the cornerstone of the team. It was good that other guys were able to pick it up for us," said Paul on the teams effort.

"It's part of my job to be energetic. If I'm not playing well, I can still play with energy and that spark to get other guys going," Jordan said of his performance.

The Clippers have two days off before a back to back weekend of games, that welcome the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

After being cleared to play, Matt Barnes should make his return sometime this weekend for the Clippers.



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