Clippers channel Seahawks-like beast mode in blasting Mavericks
The Clippers’ Spencer Hawes put on a Marshawn Lynch mask before Saturday’s game against Dallas, and teammate Jamal Crawford took pictures. Both are Washington natives.
A friend gave the mask to Hawes, and Hawes also had Lynch’s No. 24 Seahawks jersey hanging in his locker.
The Clippers wore a "Beast Mode" look on Saturday – as Lynch has worn so well with the Seahawks – as they thumped the Dallas Mavericks, 120-100 on Saturday at Staples Center.
All five starters scored in double figures, and the offense was rolling for the second consecutive game. The Clippers defense was stout – Hawes had blocks on consecutive Rajon Rondo shots – and Jordan Farmar scored 7 points, which was five more than Rondo scored. The Clippers bench improved a bit, too.
The only thing missing — a dancing Steve Ballmer.
The Clippers (25-12) have won five of their last six games, including a 114-89 thrashing of the Lakers on Wednesday. They’ve seemingly found a groove.
"It’s a good win for us," Chris Paul said. "That’s a really good team we beat today. They have been playing really well. I think it just shows us what we’re capable of."
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All that and a bag of Skittles.
Doc Rivers coached against Rondo, who helped Rivers win the NBA title in Boston in 2008. Rondo was recently traded to the Mavericks, but he’s still trying to find his way.
With Paul defending him, he missed 10 of 11 shots.
"We just tried to not give him anything easy," Rondo said. "He is such a great distributor with finding guys. He can get into the lane and can get a lot of tough finishes. The bench really helped us out tonight."
The previous game, the Lakers held Kobe Bryant to just four points on 2-of-12 shooting. The Clippers defense held Bryant and Rondo to a combined 2-for-23 shooting and just six points.
That’s a defensive outing the Seahawks would love, too.
Ballmer, who became an Internet sensation the previous game with his impromptu dancing to Fergie, was under the weather and not at the game. Rivers had jokingly hoped for a danceoff between Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Ballmer.
That wasn’t meant to be.
Crawford scored 19 points off the bench. Griffin had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Matt Barnes had 18 points and Chris Paul 17.
"This was definitely one of the best wins so far, halfway through the season," Crawford said. "I think the Golden State game on Christmas was a good one as well. At this point, we want all wins. We’re trying to be greedy."