LOS ANGELES — The Clippers used a 10-0 run at the start of the third quarter to propel themselves to a 128-105 victory over the New York Knicks Friday night. A three-point halftime deficit soon turned into a dominating victory, seemingly a tale of two halves considering the lack of defense in the first two quarters.
“We just played defense,” Doc Rivers said about the Clippers’ second-half success. “In the first half you could see, it’s just felt like we’re going to try to outscore them, just going back and forth. It felt like an all-star game in the first-half, there was just no defense. In the second-half, I thought we played really hard defensively, and the great part about our team is that when we get stops, then we start running, and when we start running it puts a lot of pressure on.”
The 23-point win tied the largest margin of victory for the Clippers in franchise history. The Clippers now are 8-3 over their last 11 games, still fighting to sneak into the playoffs.
DeAndre Jordan led the way for the L.A. with 19 points and 20 rebounds, his ninth 20-plus rebound game of the season. His 14 first-quarter points tied a career high for most points scored in a single quarter.
Lou Williams — one of four Clippers with at least 19 points — scored 21 off the bench. He has now scored 20-plus points in 26 of his last 29 games.
Austin Rivers hit five three-pointers, four of them in the third quarter, and and finished with 19 on the night. Montrezl Harrell was an impressive 8-for-9 from the field for 19 points in just 16 minutes of action.
Tobias Harris added 15 points. He had a season-high six assists Friday night.
“I think we understand the moment right now,” Austin Rivers said about the third quarter. “We can’t drop any games like this. The must-wins, you’ve got to win, and give respect to New York, they played hard, but these are games we’ve got to take if we’re going to make this playoff push. So, I think we really just understood at halftime, like guys, this can’t happen, we’ve got to get this one.”
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