Clippers win franchise-record 57th game this season beating Denver, 117-105.

•April 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Clippers ended their regular season home schedule Tuesday night beating the Denver Nuggets, 117-105, in front of the usual sellout crowd at Staples Center running that streak to 135 straight.

The win was the club’s 57th setting a new franchise record for wins in a season with one more game Wednesday night in Portland in the season finale against the Trail Blazers.

“We were part of that last year, at least Blake and I were, and we lost in the first round.” Said guard Chris Paul who finished with a double-double pouring in 21points and dishing out 10 assists. “We’re at the point at the point now that it’s all about the post season.”

“It’s nice. I’m very happy we’re doing that stuff.” Said head coach Doc Rivers who sat out all of his starters in the 4th quarter. “That’s not what we want. To get what you want sometimes you get other stuff I guess is the best way to say it.”

Clippers DeAndre Jordan goes up on Denver's Kenneth Faried for two of his 13 points. DJ also grabbed 16 boards in L.A.'s 117-105 over the Nuggets.

Clippers DeAndre Jordan goes up on Denver’s Kenneth Faried for two of his 13 points. DJ also grabbed 16 boards in L.A.’s 117-105 over the Nuggets.

The Clippers want a championship. Winning the Pacific Division and setting a new franchise record for wins are all part of the journey to a championship.

The next leg of that journey – the playoffs – begins sometime this coming weekend, either Saturday or Sunday at Staples Center. It all depends where the Clippers finish in the Western Conference.

L.A. currently sits in the third seed and a first round match-up with arch rival and sixth seed Golden State.

There’s an outside chance the Clippers could claim the second seed should they beat Portland and Oklahoma City – currently seeded second – loses to Detroit in its season finale which is a possibility should Thunder head coach Scott Brooks sit Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of his starters against the Pistons.

The Clippers really have no control over what happens in Oklahoma City Wednesday night. All they can do is play and beat Portland. Whatever happens in OKC happens.

Rivers has decided to do something similar with a couple of his starters.

He’s keeping all-star power forward Blake Griffin, who led all scorers with 24 points, and shooting guard J.J. Redick (18 points on 4-of-10 from the 3-point arc) in Los Angeles instead of heading up to Portland for the regular season finale.

Both are nursing ailing backs.

“I want Blake to stay home and get some rest. He’s so banged up. Then the only guy I know for sure will be J.J.” Said Rivers.

Griffin wants to play but might have no choice in the matter. He got his 16th technical foul of the season in the second quarter which garners an automatic suspension for the next game – in this case tomorrow night’s finale.

Trying to make a play to swipe the ball up high from Denver’s Timofy Mozgov, Griffin hit him in the head getting the tech.

“I honestly think it’ll be rescinded.” Said Griffin after the game. “It was one of those continuation plays. I make a play on the ball hitting it first and the ref gives me a tech for that. I don’t think it’ll stand.”

If the call isn’t rescinded, Griffin’s out anyway because Rivers is sitting him out for tomorrow’s game in Portland.

Center DeAndre Jordan, who will play limited minutes in Portland, finished with another double-double knocking down 13 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

Chris Paul will play some minutes against the Blazers in the finale which tips-off tomorrow night at 7:30 from the Rose Garden.

 

 

 

 

Griffin has 37 in rumble at Staples. Clippers beat Suns, 112-105.

•March 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Clippers' Blake Griffin registered a franchise record 23rd straight 20+ point game in L.A.'s 112-105 win over Phoenix Monday night at Staples Center.

Clippers’ Blake Griffin registered a franchise record 23rd straight 20+ point game in L.A.’s 112-105 win over Phoenix Monday night at Staples Center.

Blake Griffin scored 22 of his game-high 37 points in the first quarter leading the Los Angeles Clippers to their eighth straight victory beating the Phoenix Suns in a hard-fought 112-105 win.

Griffin keeps setting a new franchise record every night registering his 23rd consecutive game with 20 or more points and he did it connecting on 14 of 16 field goals good for 88% from the field.

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Clippers roll the Lakers to worst defeat in franchise history, 142-94.

•March 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment
DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the Clippers smelled blood early beating the Lakers by 48 points, 142-94.

DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the Clippers smelled blood early beating the Lakers by 48 points, 142-94.

There is no sugar-coating it if you’re a basketball fan in Los Angeles. This town is known as a Lakers town and probably always will be.

But we live in the moment and at this moment the Clippers run Los Angeles. And run it the Clippers did Thursday night at Staples Center leading by as many as 51 points on their way to a sixth straight win  beating the Lakers 142-94 in front of a  Lakers home crowd that was stunned by the Clippers display of superior athleticism.

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Clippers vs Lakers tonight. Clips Griffin Western Conference Player of the Month.

•March 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named Western Conference Player of the Month for February.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named Western Conference Player of the Month for February.

LOS ANGELES – A complete reversal of fortune when the “Hallway Rivalry” resumes tonight at Staples Center with the Los Angeles Lakers playing host to the Los Angeles Clippers.

With 20 games to go the Clippers (42-20) are in a virtual tie for third place in the Western Conference with the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Matt Barnes plays Bingo! scoring 28 in the Clippers 104-96 win in Phoenix.

•March 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Matt Barnes was the star in the Clippers' 104-96 win over the Suns in Phonix Tuesday night.

Matt Barnes was the star in the Clippers’ 104-96 win over the Suns in Phonix Tuesday night.

PHOENIX – Had I not known who Matt Barnes is and tuned in to Tuesday night’s Los Angeles Clippers 104-96 win over the Suns in Phoenix for the very first time, I could swear his name was “Bingo!”

Clippers’ legendary TV play-by-play voice Ralph Lawler yells “Bingo” when a Clipper nails a three point shot.

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Granger’s Clipper debut put on hold before L.A. routs New Orleans, 108-76.

•March 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Danny granger's Clippers debut has to wait until Tuesday in Phoenix.

Danny Granger’s Clippers debut has to wait until Tuesday in Phoenix.

New Los Angeles Clippers forward Danny Granger was all set to make his debut Saturday night at Staples Center against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Didn’t happen because of a technicality an hour before tip-off.

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Clippers score 30 off 20 Rockets turnovers. L.A. beats Houston, 101-93

•February 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Chris Paul & Blake Griffin lifted the Clippers over the Rockets, 101-93 Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Chris Paul & Blake Griffin lifted the Clippers over the Houston Rockets, 101-93 Wednesday night at Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Clippers jumped out to a 14-0 lead on the visiting Houston Rockets to open the game and hung on for a playoff-intense 101-93 win in a battle between the two western conference power-houses.

“They always get off to great first quarters. We let it happen again.” Said Rockets guard James Harden who poured in 18 points. He added, “Coming out behind 17-4, trying to fight our way back, we got back into the game. But if we play solid not giving up so many easy points in transition we make the game easier for ourselves.”

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