Five takeaways from the Clippers’ 108-95 win over Phoenix
1. When the basketball was in the air, the long arm of DeAndre Jordan tried to pull it in as many times as he could.
By the end of the Clippers’ victory over the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night at Staples Center, Jordan had collected 20 rebounds.
He accomplished that feat for the third time in his last five games.
And by doing so, Jordan became the leading rebounder in the NBA, now averaging 15.0 boards per game.
2. Thrust into a starting role at the forward spots because of — what else? — injuries, C.J. Williams and Jamil Wilson both provided exactly what the Clippers needed.
They teamed for 23 points on a combined seven-for-16 shooting, including four-for-10 from the three-point line.
Williams had a career-high 12 points, making three of nine shots, one of four from three-point range and five of six from the free-throw line.
Wilson had 11 points, making four of seven shots, three of six from three-point range.
3. The Clippers’ defense showed up right from the start, forcing the Suns to miss many shots.
The Clippers limited the Suns to 15 points in the first quarter on 26.1% shooting.
The Clippers then held the Suns to 20 points in the second quarter on 37.5% shooting.
The 35 points scored by the Suns in the first half were a season low for a Clippers opponent.
4. The Clippers took good care of the basketball in this game, turning it over just 10 times.
5. All five of the starting Clippers registered a plus in the plus-minus category.
Milos Teodosic, the only starter not to score in double figures, led the way with a plus-29.
He did have a career-high eight assists.
Wilson had a plus-19, Williams a plus-12 and Jordan and Austin Rivers a plus-11.
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