He finished with a season-high-tying 22 points and a career-high 27 rebounds, the most rebounds an
Jordan's mother was in attendance to see his spectacular performance, but the Clippers' center joked that she wouldn't be all that impressed.
"She probably is going to say I could have done some stuff better tonight when I talk to her," Jordan said, "but that's good."
It was his second 20-20 game this month, and in his career. He had 22 points and 20 rebounds in the Clippers' 102-100 loss to the
"This one feels a lot better because we won," Jordan said. "The other one was cool, but it's wasn't as cool because I really get to celebrate this one on the plane ride home with a win."
It was a much-needed win for the Clippers, who entered Monday's game having lost a season-high four in a row. The team also found out before playing the Mavericks that it would be without superstar power forward Blake Griffin for at least three weeks after he had surgery earlier in the day to remove a staph infection in his right elbow.
Jordan is averaging career-highs in points (10.5), rebounds (13.7) and field goal percentage (72.5) this season. He leads the league in rebounding, is third in blocked shots (2.4), and has the highest field goal percentage of any player in the league who has played in a significant amount of games this season.
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Jordan, however, did not end up making the team.
After Monday's game, Rivers made sure to emphasize that while Jordan may be under-appreciated by some, the center's contributions to the team are well recognized by his coach.