The Clippers survived an early barrage by the Pistons and turned a competitive game into a laugher. DeAndre Jordan bested the up-and-coming Andre Drummond and Jordan Farmar had his best night as a Clipper, scoring 15 points, 10 of which came on a run all his own.
The game started with DeAndre Jordan winning the tip and JJ Redick hitting a nice shot off a curl, JJ opened the game on 5 for 5 shooting. However, the Clippers were visibly bothered by the length and athleticism of the young Detroit squad. The Pistons were disrupting passing lanes and seemingly grabbing every offensive board they could get. This led to a 9-0 Pistons run that put the Clippers down 19-10 and a subsequent timeout called by Doc Rivers.
Out of the break, the Clippers went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to a manageable 3. Turnovers by Los Angeles and offensive rebounds by Detroit saw the Pistons clinging to a tight lead as the first came to a close. With the Clippers down 2, a bizarre thing occurred. In what I can only guess was some sort of cross-promotion for the new Hobbit movie, releasing this week, an elf came onto the court and hit a 3 to put the Clippers ahead by 1.
Jokes aside, Jordan Farmar was incredibly clutch tonight. That 3 was part of 10 straight Clipper points all scored by the Middle-earth native. If he can play like he did tonight a bit more often, it would be a boon for team's fortunes going forward.
The other catalyst that must be mentioned is Glen "Big Baby" Davis, he was just a beast tonight. Taking charges, forcing turnovers, winning jump balls and even dunking, twice!! I have to admit, I enjoy games so much more when Big Baby is fired-up and playing like a man possessed. It is a treat to watch.
The Clippers closed the half on a 24-12 run, putting them up 55-44 going into the break.
The second half began with defense, DJ forcing a turnover on Andre Drummond and JJ forcing a turnover on a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope breakaway. The offense started with a CP3 pull-up with 10:17 remaining. With the help of a Matt Barnes 4-point play, the Clippers went on a 12-0 run, putting them up by 25 and essentially closing the door. It was only a matter of deciding the margin of victory as every Clipper in uniform took turns getting on court to run out the clock.
-Blake Griffin passed Danny Manning on the all-time Clippers scoring list. He is now fifth all time, trailing Randy Smith, Bob McAdoo, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette.
-DJ had a great game tonight, scoring 16 points and grabbing 15 boards, 8 of which were offensive (a season high). He really stepped it up facing Drummond, the man many are labeling the future of NBA centers.
-The win halts the Clippers current losing streak at 2. Under Doc Rivers, the Clippers have never lost more than two games in a row.
-Is it just me or was there an abnormal amount of missed lobs tonight, on both sides. I swear sometimes the misses are more spectacular than the makes.
-As many of you watching the Prime Ticket broadcast probably noticed, the Clippers are teaming up with LA Children's Hospital this holiday season. If you would like to donate to help the kids, the Clippers will match your donation up to $25,000.
-The Clippers next game will be Wednesday, December 17th, at 7:30 p.m. against the Indiana Pacers.