The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the New York Knicks 119-115 behind a season-high 32 points from Blake Griffin. The Clippers defeated the Knicks for the ninth consecutive time, their longest active winning streak against any opponent. The Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak on their current road trip.
Let’s take a look at three things we learned from Wednesday night’s victory.
DeAndre Jordan had 28 points and 15 rebounds, helping the Clippers rally from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
He was an absolute monster Wednesday night at MSG, missing just two of his 14 shots all night. Sure, they were all layups and dunks, but his presence in the paint allowed for better spacing for shooters like J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford.
“When he sets more picks and he rolls like that, he’s usually more involved,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said after the game. “DJ just played at a high level.”
Austin Droppin’ Dimes
With Chris Paul out, the play of Austin Rivers has been key for the team to stay afloat in the playoff race. One game after a fairly disappointing performance in Toronto, where he finished with zero assists, Rivers finished with a career-high 10 assists in New York.
“I just focus on playing basketball and helping my team. That’s it,” Rivers said earlier this week when asked about the recent trade rumors.
Blake Griffin from Beyond the Arc
When Griffin was out earlier this season, there was some discussion around the team about his shooting improvement from beyond the arc. In practices and prior to games, Griffin was focusing on his outside shot.
The proof is in the pudding because his shot — on both an eye-test and production-wise — is much better since returning to the lineup. He’s taking and making more three-pointers, the biggest change being his confidence.
Griffin shot two-of-three from beyond the arc Wednesday night. As a whole, the team shot 40 percent from three-point range (10-25).