AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The size of the
In fact, the big-man duo of
Before the game, there had been speculation about how the 6-10 Griffin and 6-11 Jordan would fare against Detroit's 6-11 power forward
Very well, thank you.
Griffin had 25 points on nine-for-16 shooting, five rebounds and five assists in dominating his position against Monroe, who had only six points and three rebounds.
Jordan had 16 points, a season-high 21 rebounds and four blocked shots to outperform Drummond, who had 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.
"They were awesome," Clippers Coach
"It was definitely a challenge for us," Griffin said about his and Jordan's assignment.
The Clippers, who won for the sixth time in seven games, had a 20-point lead early in the fourth quarter. The Pistons cut it to nine, but Jordan's alley-oop dunk with 1 minutes 57 seconds to play ended a 4 1/2-minute scoring drought by the Clippers and turned the momentum back in their favor, giving them an 11-point lead.
Then Griffin made a steal with 1:15 left, leading to a three-pointer by
Earlier, Jordan had the play of the game when he ran downcourt in the third quarter, grabbed a high-arching lob pass from
"We knew we had to bring it. Both of those guys are loads down there," said Jordan, who came within one rebound of his career high but missed all six of his free throws. "We knew we would have our hands full because we were going to have to match their physicality. I think overall we did a pretty good job."
Redick, playing despite a bruised left knee, scored 20 points on five-for-nine shooting, made three of five three-point attempts and had a season-high six assists.
Redick was fouled three times while attempting three-point shots, two of which he made and turned into four-point plays by making the free throws. The last Clipper to have two four-point plays in a game was Crawford, on March 29, 2009, when he played for Golden State.
Five Clippers scored in double figures Monday and the team shot a season-high 65.7% in the first half.
Rivers shuffled his starting lineup, with
The only starter who didn't score in double figures was