Here are five takeaways from the Clippers’ 108-97 loss to the Pistons in Detroit on Friday night.
1. He wanted the basketball, and the Clippers made sure J.J. Redick got it in the third quarter.
And why not?
Redick was killing it in the third, scoring 18 points in the quarter. It was the most points he had scored in a quarter in his career.
He was six for eight from the field and three for four from three-point range.
He was so confident in his ability to knock down shots that Redick begged for the ball with two Pistons slowly getting back on defense and no Clippers down to help him out.
It didn’t matter. Redick drilled another three-pointer. He then ran back down court and slapped high-fives with his teammates on the bench.
At one point in the third, Redick scored 11 straight points.
He would finish with 24 points in a losing effort for the Clippers against the Pistons.
2. While the rest of the Clippers looked a step slow and they kept getting behind Detroit in the first half, super sub Jamal Crawford was doing his best to keep the Clippers in a game they once trailed by 18 points.
Crawford led the Clippers with 11 points in the first half despite making just three of eight shots. He finished the game with 14 points.
3. With 49 seconds left in the second quarter, Blake Griffin passed Elton Brand for No. 3 on the Clippers’ all-time list for field goals made.
Griffin has made 3,556 shots.
4. The Clippers didn’t really take care of the basketball like they normally do.
They turned the ball over 14 times, the biggest with the Clippers down seven and the ball in Chris Paul’s hands. But Paul threw the pass away, leading to a dunk for Detroit’ Marcus Morris with 49.6 seconds left, sealing the Clippers’ fate.
5. When DeAndre Jordan blocked a shot with 1:15 left in the third quarter, it was the 1,100 of his career. Jordan now ranks second in Clippers franchise history in blocked shots behind Benoit Benjamin (1,117).
Jordan had three blocks against the Pistons.
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