Now that’s more like it.
While 2013 ended with a 107-88 thud for the Los Angeles Clippers at the hands of the Phoenix Suns, the Clippers rang in 2014 with a loud bang declawing the Charlotte Bobcats at Staples Center, 112-85.
Offensively, the Clippers were quite active shooting a blistering 55% from the field 20 percentage points better than their last 2013 effort.
“The other night was the other night. That’s gone.” Said Clippers head whistle-blower Doc Rivers. “I don’t think about that anymore. You come out and play the next night. What if we’d won by 15 the other night. Do you not play the next one?”
The “next one” started out a bit too close to the vest for Los Angeles (22-12) with Charlotte (14-19) jumping out to a 27-25 lead after one and deadlocked at 56 apiece at the half.
“In the first half we scored but we didn’t defend.” Said Rivers. He continued, “The second half is the standard that we want to play at where we score and get stops."
In the third quarter, the Clippers came out shooting scoring 25 while giving up just 13 points to the Bobcats.
Jared Dudley led the way for L.A. notching 11 points in the frame. 18 of his 20 total points coming from the three-point line.
“This season’s a little odd for me.” Said Dudley after the game. “I play on a team with a lot of stars. I’m a role player and have to make open shots. Hopefully I can continue with it.”
The Clippers limited Charlotte to only 29 second half points to pull away for the win.
L.A.’s Blake Griffin led all scorers registering another double-double pouring in 31 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Guard Chris Paul also had a double-double scoring 17 while dishing out 14 assists.
“It’s all about confidence.” Said Paul. “We all play off confidence and it felt good tonight.”
Jamal Crawford had 11 for the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with his six points.
Charlotte was led by Al Jefferson who registered a double-double of his own in the losing effort scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 boards.
Doesn’t get easier for the Bobcats who travel to Portland tomorrow to take on the Trailbazers.
The Clippers hit the road for a “Texas two-step” taking on the Dallas Mavericks Friday night and the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.