Five things to take away from the Clippers’ 99-78 victory over the New York Knicks on New Year’s Eve:
1) It was another game in which J.J. Redick started fast, his constant movement getting him open time and again in the first quarter.
Of course, it helps when Redick’s teammates look for him.
He had 13 points in the first quarter, going five for seven from the field and three for four from three-point range.
“I just think it’s the way I play,” Redick said, trying to explain why he starts off so quickly. “It’s just energy.”
2) The Clippers were bombing away Wednesday against the Knicks, making three-pointers at a nice clip.
The Clippers were 15 for 34 from three-point range, shooting 44.1%.
3) With a three-pointer in the fourth quarter, Jamal Crawford passed Peja Stojakovic for ninth place on the NBA’s all-time three-point scoring list.
Crawford, who was two for seven from three-point range, has made 1,762 three-pointers over his 15-year career.
“I couldn’t shoot it like Peja, that’s for sure,” Crawford said. “I think it shows I’ve had great teammates, great coaches. I’ve been blessed with longevity and still in love with the game and still getting better in areas. It’s been an incredible ride. I try to stay locked in the moment and look at that stuff one day when I stop playing.”
4) The Clippers had three of their reserves score in double figures.
Of course, Crawford led the way with 13 points.
But Jordan Farmar, who has been struggling all season, had 11 points on three-for-five shooting and Spencer Hawes had 10 points on four-for-seven shooting.
5) Matt Barnes’ job Wednesday was to slow down All-Star Carmelo Anthony.
Barnes did his job pretty good, holding Anthony to 19 points on seven-for-18 shooting.