Damn. I used all my “well, that was easy” jokes in my article from last Saturday when the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Sacramento Kings. But really, that same sentiment could be applied to tonight’s game against the Dallas Mavericks as the Clippers breezed past them 112-90.
The Clippers came out with a lot of energy tonight, seemingly not wanting a repeat of Monday’s tough game. They played with a rhythm on both ends of the court, never really allowing the Mavs to get comfortable. By the end of the first half, three of the starters- Blake Griffin, Caron Butler, and DeAndre Jordan- had put up double digits, and the Clippers defense had forced 12 turnovers.
Tonight was also a good night for those of you who appreciate a good dunk (or a dozen, give or take). Lob city, indeed.
I think we should pay particular attention to DeAndre Jordan. In Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz, he struggled to put up points, only ending with 3 points. But the energy that he brought in the fourth quarter that contributed to the Clippers’ ultimate success cannot be measured. Tonight, it seemed as if he was able to find and merge the perfect balance of point production and energy. AND he is currently ranked 3rd in the league for amount of dunks (see previous “Lob City” comment above).
For the Clippers, Griffin and Chris Paul ended the game with double-doubles. Griffin put up 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Paul had 14 points and 13 assists. Caron Butler contributed 16 points and 5 rebounds.
For the Mavericks, Vince Carter led the team with 16 points and 7 rebounds, and Derek Fisher followed with 15 points. Chris Kaman ended the game with 14 points and 6 rebounds.
The Clippers next face the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. With tonight’s victory, the Clippers advance to 12-6 and effectively put Mark Cuban in with the sharks. How’s your ROI on the Mavs now, Cubes?
That was a bit harsh. But take heart, Mavs. At least you’re not the future New Orleans Pelicans. Seriously.