RECAP: Gordon leads Pelicans past Clippers, 108-103
Eric Gordon scored a season-high 28 points and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped the Los Angeles Clippers’ six-game winning streak, 108-103 on Friday night.
With power forward Anthony Davis sitting out because of his sore left groin, the Pelicans benefited from exceptional shooting from behind the 3-point line, hitting 13 of 25, and at the foul line, where they made 23 of 26 free throws, including their last 17.
Ryan Anderson, starting for Davis, scored 24. He and Gordon each hit five 3s to help New Orleans win for the fifth time in six games.
Alexis Ajinca, getting more minutes with Davis out, had 17 points and nine rebounds. Tyreke Evans had 11 points and tied his season high of 12 assists for the third time in four games.
Chris Paul had 24 points for Los Angeles, while Blake Griffin added 19 and DeAndre Jordan has 12 points and 15 rebounds.
New Orleans led by as many as 14 and was up 95-82 after Ajinca’s layup as he was fouled by Griffin with 7:38 left.
But with Paul orchestrating the offense in a stadium where he became an All-Star, Los Angeles scored 12 straight points. Paul started the run with a step-back jumper. He added a floater and two 3s, the second making it 95-94.
Gordon ended the surge with his fifth 3, which seemed to swing momentum. He added a tough 16-foot fade-away over JJ Redick and got another 16-footer to fall, making it 106-100.
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Jamal Crawford’s transition 3 cut it 106-103 with 22 seconds to go, but Jimmer Fredette responded with two free throws for New Orleans, and then Quincy Pondexter corralled a long rebound off of Crawford’s missed 3 and dribbled out the final seconds.
The Pelicans outrebounded the Clippers 51-38, with 14 coming on the offensive end. Dante Cunningham grabbed 12 rebounds for the Pelicans.
Crawford finished with 15 points for Los Angeles, while Redick scored 12 in his return after missing a game because of back spasms.
The Clippers finished the game with a 54-34 advantage in points in the paint. For most of the first half, their advantage on the interior helped keep them in front.
Griffin and Jordan combined for 19 points by halftime, when the Clippers held a 54-53 lead despite 15 early points from Gordon.
But in the third, New Orleans hit five of eight 3s they took, with Anderson hitting three from deep and Gordon, two.
Anderson also added a mid-range jumper as he was fouled by Griffin.
In the final seconds of the period, Fredette, who has played more minutes for New Orleans since Austin Rivers was traded early this month, baited Rivers into a foul as he pulled up for a 3. Fredette made all three free throws, and New Orleans led 88-76 heading into the fourth.
Clippers: Los Angeles fell to 1-1 on its eight-game road trip. … The Clippers were 7 of 28 from 3-point range and 12 of 17 on free throws. … Crawford was 1 of 6 on 3s. The one he made gave him 1,787 for his career, tied for eighth all-time with Rashard Lewis.
Pelicans: New Orleans improved to 16-6 at home. … The Pelicans came up a little short of their season high of 15 3s in a game as a team. … New Orleans won for the first time in five years (Jan. 22, 2010) when making at least six fewer field goals than their opponent.
Clippers: Visit San Antonio on Saturday.
Magic: Host Atlanta on Monday.