Los Angeles Clippers
New York Knicks
MVP: The scope was out tonight, and DeAndre Jordan was terminating the New York defense. Jordan’s streak of at least 14 rebounds ended at 19 games, but Jordan still put up a double-double for the people (14 points, 10 rebounds) and had five blocked shots to go along with it in a team-high 28 minutes. Six of Jordan’s seven made field goals were dunks, and for the 16th time this season, Jordan made 100 percent of his field goal attempts.
That was … merciless: Look, this game was going to go either one way or the other. Either you all would have been scrolling through the ‘Gram to find out why the Clippers were so sluggish, or the Clippers were going to add another beatdown to the ledger. Los Angeles had a run of 10-0 in the first quarter, 13-3 in the third quarter, and 25-6 to end the first half. The result was the largest win at Madison Square Garden in Clippers franchise history, and the 15th win by the Clippers of at least 20 points, tying Golden State for the league lead.
X factor: Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson was drafted by the New York Knicks 12th overall in 1980, and he served as the team’s head coach the previous three seasons. Tuesday was Woodson’s 57th birthday, and Wednesday marked his return to MSG. The Clippers were extra focused on both ends of the floor, an the starters had the entire fourth quarter off. After the game, it was Woodson addressing the media instead of head coach Doc Rivers. Revenge game status achieved.
— Law Murray
Tweets Of The Game
DeAndre Jordan poster dunk on Jason Smith https://t.co/83sxjGnax7
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 26, 2015
LAC players taking part of TMNT 2 filming tomorrow — DeAndre Jordan, Matt Barnes, JJ Redick, Austin Rivers and Spencer Hawes.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) March 25, 2015
Apparently they sell a lot of posters inside MSG after Blake Griffin just put Lou Amundson on one.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) March 26, 2015
@haralabob You really gonna trust the Clippers’ bench to hold ANY lead for over 12 minutes?
— Seerat Sohi (@DamianTrillard) March 26, 2015
Check Your Messages
I love dunks. Anytime there’s an opportunity to be sure of two points, you have to take it. When in doubt, dunk.
The Clippers had nine slam dunks in this one: Six from Jordan, three from Griffin, and one from Austin Rivers, who actually had a game-high 21 points on 10 shots. It could have been many more, as Griffin drew multiple fouls trying to lower the Boomer Sooner on lost Knickerbocker souls.
A memorable sequence came when Griffin tried to give Jason Smith the power. Smith, a nemesis of Griffin, actually managed to block the attempt. But on the very next possession, J.J. Redick got a man in the air, fed Jordan with a pass in the paint, and crushed one on Smith to punctuate the first half with an exclamation point.
The oohs and ahs from the MSG crowd were fun, considering the quality of the matchup. Productive aggression is fun too, and this is the Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan that complements the perimeter play of Paul, Redick and Barnes so well.
– Law Murray
Sharing the Load
This was marked in on the schedule as a gimme. The Clippers were never going to lose but it’s the way they went about their business, which mattered. From the get-go the Clippers were locked in and it all started with CP3 who could audibly be heard barking at his teammates from the moment Matt Barnes had a mismatch in the post. The Clippers moved the ball and hit their shots — assisting on 12 buckets in the first quarter for 27 of their 28 points (the one free throw was off a CP pass to BG that was almost an emphatic jam but ended in a pair of split free throws). Chris Paul led the no-nonsense charge with nine assists in the first frame, handing them off to Redick, Barnes, DJ, Austin Rivers and even Spencer Hawes (!!) The makes came off of all the usual sets: pick-and-roll with Griffin, pick-and-roll and kicking to shooters, a slashing Matt Barnes, the “Floppy Merry-Go-Round” for Redick, rotating the ball, finding DeAndre Jordan flying down the lane. The Clippers were going through the motions offensively but set the tone through disciplined execution, which is sometimes hard to stick to against an inferior opponent.
– Roscoe Whalan