Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: Jonathan Clay Redick was so hot tonight that his statline might as well be measured in BTUs. He finished the night with a career-high 40 points, going 9-12 from deep and tying Caron Butler’s franchise record for three-pointers made in a game.
That was … cathartic: Up 15 in the fourth quarter with 4:16 left in the game, the Rockets managed to bring the game to overtime, giving many Clippers fans and team members alike flashbacks of last season’s Game 6 loss. Rather than facing a similar demise, the extra period would begin with consecutive threes from Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick, and the Clippers never looked back.
X factor: The 22 made three pointers by the Clippers not only set a franchise record, but also put the team just one more three-pointer shy of the NBA record, which is held by both the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets.
— Brandon Tomyoy
Tweet(s) Of The Game
Here's Conan O'Brien giving Steve Ballmer a little pat on the back after the Clips blew the lead pic.twitter.com/9HGYjMxRgx
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 19, 2016
— Brandblack (@Brandblack) January 19, 2016
Only 12 teams since 1963-64 have shot 52 free throws or more and lost. Houston is now one of them.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) January 19, 2016
Check Your Messages
“J.J., fire one!” “Johnson, fire two!” “Pierce, fire — oh, forget it, everybody, FIRE ALL!”
If this whole Clipper thing were literal, I’d imagine Captain Glenn “Doc” Rivers of the good ship Los Angeles would have given battle orders very similar to the above before engaging the brigands of the H.M.S. Rocket. Certainly, that would explain the multitude of salvos from the Ship Gang fusillade. Barrage after barrage of three point shots rained on the antagonists from Texas, blowing more and more holes in an already shaky defensive posture. To be sure, they needed every last shot in a tightly contested game, but were able to outscore the Rockets by giving them everything – including a career high from Redick – and not letting up the pounding til they knew Houston was sunk.
Now, the Clippers have always had a few reliable cannons on their roster. JJ Redick is the most obvious example; this season, Wesley Johnson has added an absolutely deadly corner shot to the team’s arsenal as well. However, on nights like tonight, when it seems like everybody is hitting everything, opposing teams have had few answers for the all-out bombardment of the full star-studded assault our Motley Crew has proven themselves capable of. The truly scary part: the Clippers have done all this without their biggest gun in the lineup; when Griffin returns, the waters of Los Angeles will become very dangerous indeed.
After the conclusion of another Martin Luther King day chock full of NBA games, J.J. Redick now sits atop the leaderboard for three-point shooting percentage. He has always been one of the league’s best shooters, but getting over the 50% mark from deep now puts the former Duke star within range of a 50-50-90 season, which has never been achieved before by any player in the NBA.
It’s a testament to his shooting regimen and his relentless dedication to moving around the court to find the open shot. The nine threes are certainly a sign, but there may be no sign that things are going a good way for him greater than seeing him throw a wild lay up off the top of the backboard that had no business going in get tipped into the basket as Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones both went up for the rebound.
Of course, being that Redick was also the closest Clippers player to the basket at the time of the tip in, he gets credit with the shot. After all, while dedication is great, a bit of good luck on one’s side doesn’t hurt, either.
From Downtown, Los Angeles
Leave it to the Clippers to have to do extra work to win a game. You all like offense, so be satisfied. You all like the excessive scoops of three-pointers, so the free basketball had to have been worth staying up for.
The Clippers were threatening to become only the 3rd team ever (including playoffs) to make 20 3s in a game and take an L. This game had no business going into overtime. Fortunately for the Clippers, the team-record 22-made 3s and career-high 40 points (and 9 3s) from J.J. Redick aren’t going to waste.
Now that the Clippers are 27-14, they can look back at last season and see that they have worked hard to keep pace with last season’s pace, where they were also 27-14 at midseason. This Clippers team may be better. Redick has been feverish. Dude misses time with a back injury, fully discloses the fact that he has a herniated disk, and all he has done is put together his 11th 20-point game this season. Take it a step further; this is the first time in Redick’s career that he has had multiple 30-point games in a season. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan are doing what they do. Blake Griffin will find his way back on the court, which will just give head coach Doc Rivers another opportunity to manage minutes better.
This was a huge win going into 5-game trip #3 this season. A loss to end this homestand would have been rough. This was the sweetest part of the Clippers’ schedule; they’re not getting 5 straight home games the rest of the season. They handled things extremely well. I hate to tell you all how to feel, so forgive me when I say that Clippers fans shouldn’t troll the game flow or the competition. For all the fearmongerers who watched the Clippers struggle on Christmas and watch Griffin go down nearly simultaneously, tell them to take a seat and enjoy good basketball, from #DTLAC.