Something was not right for the Los Angeles Clippers at halftime Friday, beyond just trailing the New York Knicks by three.
“It felt like we were just going to try and outscore them,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “I asked them if it was an All-Star Game. Just no defense.”
That was corrected in a big way in the second half, the Clippers storming out with a 28-8 run and rolling to a 128-105 victory.
DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 20 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 21 points, and Austin Rivers and Montrezl Harrell also had 19 points apiece for the Clippers.
New York coach Jeff Hornacek also saw a second half reversal for his Knicks, who have lost three consecutive games and 11 of their last 12.
Knicks: Friday marked the start of a four-game road trip, the longest remaining trip and their second-longest of the season. The Knicks are 8-25 on the road this season. … Entering Friday’s game, Kanter had averaged 16.3 points and 13 rebounds over his last 13 games, shooting 62 percent.
Clippers: F Danilo Gallinari missed his fourth consecutive game with what an MRI on Thursday revealed as a fractured right hand. Previously the Clippers thought it was sprained. Doc Rivers was uncertain when he would return. “I don’t think he’s going to be back soon,” Rivers said. Gallinari has appeared in only 19 of 61 games this season because of injuries. … Forty-five day contracts are expiring the next two days for guards C.J. Williams and Tyrone Wallace. Said Rivers: “I don’t know what we’re going to do. We’re trying to sign one of them. We don’t have enough guards to play.”
Gasol is expected to rest Saturday when the Grizzlies attempt to halt their longest losing streak in over eight years when they visit Orlando, a team familiar with lengthy losing streaks this season.
“Uh, basketball, that’s it,” Clarkson said of the incident. “Part of the game. If anybody say different, that they wouldn’t have did that, that they’d have did something different or anything else, they lying. Especially if it was at that [point] of the game. They know what’s up. That’s it.”
Clarkson was referring to an unwritten rule in basketball: The team that has the win comfortably in hand should simply milk the clock in garbage time rather than go for any late buckets.
Minutes earlier, Saric hit a 3-pointer right in front of the Cavs’ bench to Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys give the Sixers a four-point lead with 2:09 remaining and turned to say something Best Place To Buy Cheap Jerseys to Cleveland players before running back on defense.
Clarkson said that play didn’t factor into him throwing the ball at Saric.
“Oh, I ain’t even see that,” Clarkson said. “You know, it was just part of the game.”