Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: Chris Paul has been good this season. Really good. He should probably be a top-five MVP vote-getter. Tonight, he went head-to-head with an All-Star point guard in John Wall, and Paul put a masterful performance on tape: 30 points, 15 dimes, one turnover. Paul had a hand in 63 of L.A.’s 113 points. Paul was already leading the NBA in total assists, a nod to his durability this season. He has the average title for now after tonight, sitting at 10.1 assists per game. And tonight marked the first time this season that Paul had back-to-back 30-point games.
That was … efficient: The Clippers blitzed the Wizards in this one. Paul Pierce hit a three to open the scoring, but the Clippers hit three threes and led the final 45 minutes of the game. Tonight marked only the third time this season that the Clippers made more than half their three-point attempts (12-of-23).
X factor: Matt Barnes didn’t have a notable line tonight (8 points on 10 shots), but he suited up and started, playing 31 minutes. Barnes also outplayed Pierce, who scored only 6 points tonight on 11 shots in about the same amount of minutes. Barnes starting despite being a game-time decision allowed Hedo Turkoglu to fall back into a more manageable 12-minute appearance.
— Law Murray
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J.J. Redick hit four more threes tonight. That gives him 164 for the season – breaking Jamal Crawford’s record of most made threes in a season. The talk around the Clippers has been about how good Redick has been, and he just dropped another 26 points. Suddenly, the guy who didn’t have a 20-point game until his fourth NBA season has now scored more than 20 points in three straight games.
Since the All-Star break, Redick is averaging 19.6 points per game. That ranks seventh among shooting guards, but also consider that Redick is Chris Paul’s running mate. The only other team in the league with two guards averaging more than 19 points per game each are the Golden State Warriors, who feature the All-Star Splash Brothers.
The interesting thing about Redick’s recent output? He’s been unfazed by the return of Blake Griffin, who also found a way to get 22 points tonight. It sounds like Jamal Crawford will be out until April, so Redick can expect to see about 15 shots a game for the foreseeable future. With the way he’s handled his role, Redick should continue to complement Paul perfectly in what has to be considered one of the NBA’s elite offensive backcourts.
– Law Murray