Clippers beat Pelicans 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.