Redick played lockdown defense on
Redick's defense on Harden was a big story because a) Redick is not known for defense and b) the Rockets shooting guard scored only nine points on three-for-12 shooting, finishing well below his average of 27 points per game entering Wednesday.
It was just the kind of effort the Clippers (35-19) needed to improve to 2-1 since they learned star forward Blake Griffin would be sidelined for at least three weeks because of a staph infection in his right elbow that required surgical removal.
Seemingly everyone missed three-pointers on a night the Clippers made four of 22 from beyond the arc and the Rockets made nine of 45. But Clippers shooting guard
Crawford scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, overtaking Portland's
The Clippers also got a boost from center
"I think D.J. should be on the All-Star team. It's a travesty," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "What I keep saying about D.J. is you play both sides of the floor and the other side of the floor gets all the credit."
It was Jordan's third 20-20 game in his last six after compiling none previously in his NBA career.
Fans showered Jordan with applause after he made one free throw to end a streak of four consecutive misses. Jordan then got some revenge against the Rockets by swatting a shot by Patrick Beverley and ripping a rebound away from Trevor Ariza.
The Clippers have won six games in a row and 11 of their last 12 against the Rockets, who were missing center
Rivers presented Chris Paul (12 points, 12 assists) and Griffin with their All-Star game jerseys in a pregame ceremony, Griffin standing next to his teammate in a black short-sleeved shirt and gray pants with his arm in a black sling.
Griffin will miss the All-Star game because of his injury. Redick is headed to New York to participate in the three-point contest but could prove useful in the All-Star game with the kind of defense he played on Harden considering none is usually played in the midseason showcase.