Griffin finished 12-20 from the field (1-3 on 3-point attempts) in a good performance. Los Angeles also got solid performances from Darren Collison with 12 points and 7 assists, and DeAndre Jordan with 11 points and 16 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony had another strong game for New York in the loss, scoring 26 points on 4-23 shooting (2-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 16-16 from the free throw line. He also added 20 rebounds. Andrea Bargnani contributed 13 points and 6 rebounds and Tyson Chandler finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
In a showdown of statistical strengths, the offense of Los Angeles won the turnover battle against the defense of New York that forces the league's most errors (opponents' TO% of 27.9%). The Clippers ended this contest with a TO% of 11.1%, and make the fifth-fewest mistakes in the league this year (TO% of 13.5%). The Knicks had an eFG% of just 39.2% paired with a poor TO% of 18.1. They are winless (0-2) this season when turning the ball over on more than 17% of their possessions while also failing to eclipse 45% in eFG%. From a defensive perspective, the Clippers are undefeated (5-0) when forcing such performances from their opponents.
New York (15-25) has now lost three straight games.
Coming up next, the Clippers square off with the Indiana Pacers, who are 31-7 on the year. The Knicks match up with the Brooklyn Nets, currently 16-22 this season. The Clippers are 0-1 versus Indiana this season. The Knicks have a 1-0 record against Brooklyn this season.
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