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Clippers' Matt Barnes playing at high level

Clippers' Matt Barnes playing at high level
Clippers forward Matt Barnes dunks against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)

Matt Barnes has admitted that all the trade chatter bothered the Clippers' starting small forward.

Since not being traded away at the trade deadline last Thursday, Barnes has played perhaps his best basketball of the season.

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In the three games since then, Barnes has averaged 17 points and 5.6 rebounds. He has shot 54.4% from the field, a sizzling 60% (12-for-20) from three-point range.

Barnes had his best game last Sunday at Oklahoma City, scoring 24 points on eight-for-14 shooting, six-for-10 from three-point range.

“Matt is playing terrific,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s really buying in.

Defensively, he's doing all the little things. He's running to the deep corners and they are finding him."

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