Clippers beat Pelicans 108-95 for 3rd win in a row

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin and
DeAndre Jordan each had a double-double, and the Los Angeles Clippers
beat the New Orleans Pelicans 108-95 Wednesday night to give coach Doc
Rivers a victory over his son’s team.

Griffin had 21 points and 10 rebounds
before fouling out with 4:05 left, and Jordan added 14 points and 20
rebounds in the Clippers’ third straight victory. Chris Paul added his
own double-double against his former team, with 12 points and 11
assists.

Jared Dudley had 20 points, one of seven
Clippers in double figures. Jamal Crawford scored 17 points, making 10
of 11 free throws, and Darren Collison added 14, hitting all nine of his
free throws.

Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 24
points and 12 rebounds in his return after missing seven games with a
broken left hand. Ryan Anderson added 17 points, Jrue Holiday had 13
points and 10 assists, and Tyreke Evans had a triple-double of 11
points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists after missing the last two games with
a sprained left ankle.

Austin Rivers, the 21-year-old son of Doc Rivers, had two points while playing 14 minutes in a reserve role.

“It’s harder for me because you want
your kids to do well,” the elder Rivers said before the game. “It’s easy
for him. Every son wants to beat their dad. He’s already one of the
most competitive human beings I’ve ever met anywhere, so I don’t think
this is hard for him at all.”

New Orleans lost for the third straight game and fifth time in its last seven.

The Clippers’ reserves carried them in
the fourth when Griffin didn’t score before fouling out. Willie Green
hit two of their five 3-pointers in the quarter, with Dudley adding two
of his four and Paul tossing one in, too.

The Clippers pulled away in the third
after the Pelicans closed within four points. Crawford beat the shot
clock with a 3-pointer, launching a 15-2 run that extended the Clippers’
lead to 70-53. Griffin scored six points.

Davis scored the Pelicans’ final four points to get them to 78-65 heading into the fourth.

NOTES:
Clippers F Matt Barnes dressed and was cleared to play, but didn’t as
he returns from surgery to repair a torn retina in his left eye. …
Former Clippers Eric Gordon (nine points) and Al-Farouq Aminu (six
points) both started against their former team.