The Clippers drew up the first play of Saturday's game for Jamal Crawford, in the hopes he would find a rhythm. With Chris Paul and J.J. Redick sidelined again with injuries, Coach Doc Rivers figured, they might need him late.
Crawford missed that first jumper, but by the game's final seconds, the rhythm had been found. He had torched the Pistons' defense, so when Blake Griffin set him a screen with the Clippers up by one and 18 seconds left, both defenders chased.
He slid the pass to Griffin, who drilled a face-up jumper. The Pistons did not recover. The Clippers won, 101-96.
Without Paul and Redick, Crawford scored 37 points, his most since Jan. 25, 2014. He added...