Fantasy Football Facebook chat:

Clippers 108, Pelicans 95

The SportsXchange

LOS ANGELES -- Forward Blake Griffin scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers coasted to a 108-95 victory Wednesday night over the New Orleans Pelicans before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at the Staples Center.

Griffin connected on 8 of 16 shots from the floor, leading the Clippers (18-9), who had seven players score in double figures, to their third win in a row and their fourth consecutive decision over New Orleans. The Pelicans (11-13) lost their third straight and their fifth in the past seven outings.

Forward Jared Dudley had 20 points for the Clippers. Center DeAndre Jordan added 14 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks. Guard Jamal Crawford scored 17 points despite shooting 3 of 13 from the field. Guard Chris Paul finished with 12 points and 11 assists.

New Orleans got a boost from forward Anthony Davis, who returned after missing seven games with a fractured left hand, but it wasn't enough. Davis, who came off the bench midway through the first quarter, scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in his first game back since going down Dec. 1 in a win over the New York Knicks. He also had three steals.

Forward Ryan Anderson finished with 17 points and nine rebounds for the Pelicans. Guard Jrue Holiday added 13 points and 10 assists.

Los Angeles led 55-51 early in the third quarter before going on a 17-3 run after a tip-in by Jordan with 5:23 remaining gave the Clippers a 72-54 advantage. New Orleans never was able to cut the margin below double digits.

Griffin scored 13 of the Clippers' 26 points in the quarter, including a 3-pointer. Griffin was 2 of 3 from behind the arch, making him 5 of 13 for the season. He also had five assists.

The Clippers led by as much as nine in the first half before settling for a 52-47 halftime lead as Dudley led the way with 12 points. Guard Darren Collison scored 11 of his 14 points before intermission.

NOTES: Wednesday's game marked the second meeting between Doc Rivers and his son, Pelicans G Austin Rivers, but the first since Rivers became the Clippers' coach. "Obviously, it's a strange thing when he's on the floor," said Doc Rivers, who faced his son last season when he coached the Boston Celtics. "It's (my) son, but you want to beat him." The father said he and his son would have dinner after the game. "If we lose, I'm not going out with him," Austin Rivers joked. ... New Orleans G Tyreke Evans returned after missing two games with a sprained left ankle. ... Los Angeles F Matt Barnes, out since suffering a retinal tear in his left eye last month, was in uniform but wasn't expected to play. "He's ready to play, but he hasn't had a practice," Doc Rivers said. Barnes likely will return to the lineup Saturday when the Clippers host the Denver Nuggets.
Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Basketball
View Comments (0)