1:00 PM ET, January 20, 2014
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
Jordan had 16 points and 21 rebounds -- dunking seven times with a layup -- and the Los Angeles Clippers breezed to a 112-103 victory over the Pistons on Monday.
Jordan threw down a memorable dunk on Detroit's Brandon Knight last March. Knight is no longer on the Pistons, but Jordan put on another highlight show in this meeting against Detroit big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
"We knew we had to bring it," Jordan said.
Detroit's Josh Smith had his own explanation.
"We didn't put up a resistance," Smith said. "They had transition 3s, open looks at 3s and they were getting layups in transition and throwing lobs and we just let them have everything. I don't know what happened."
J.J. Redick added 20 points for Los Angeles, including two four-point plays when the Pistons fouled him beyond the arc.
Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points for Detroit and Smith added 24, but the Pistons got almost nothing from their starting backcourt. Brandon Jennings went scoreless and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored only six points.
Jordan dunked four times in the first quarter alone. The Clippers led 64-53 at halftime after shooting 66 percent from the field.
"They've got to be able to step up with J.J., Jamal, Matt (Barnes), guys like that," Jordan said. "So I was open a lot at the rim early."
Jordan has six double-doubles in the last seven games, and his most impressive dunk of the day was probably a one-handed alley-oop from Redick in the third quarter. Jordan's eyes were around rim level on that one, which gave Los Angeles an 82-67 lead.
"That's the way they play. They pound the ball inside, and they are always looking for the lob," Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. "They don't usually get as many of them as they did tonight, but that's what they do."
Redick bounced back after a 4-for-17 showing against Indiana on Saturday. His first four-point play put the Clippers up 38-33 in the second quarter. His second came in the third, after the Pistons had cut the lead to six and looked ready for a potential run.
"That's my job -- to knock down some shots," Redick said. "I think we played really well in that second quarter, and then in that third quarter we had another good stretch."
The last player with two four-point plays in one game was Crawford, who did it for Golden State against Denver on March 28, 2009, according to STATS.
"I figured he'd probably done it before," Redick said. "He's the master."
Once the Clippers pulled away, about the only fun moment for most of the crowd came when a fan seated courtside was drenched by a drink after the ball went sailing out of bounds right at him. He seemed to take the mishap in good spirits, and the game was delayed briefly while the floor in front of him was cleaned.
Detroit trailed by as many as 20 points in the fourth. The Pistons cut the deficit to nine late in the game, but Jordan punctuated a terrific day with yet another alley-oop dunk.
"It was a good performance. It wasn't a great performance," Griffin said. "I thought we relaxed too much at certain times. In the fourth quarter, we should have done a better job."
Caldwell-Pope fouled Redick on both four-point plays. ... Jordan finished 8 of 11 from the field and 0 for 6 on free throws. ... Jennings missed all seven of his shots from the field, going scoreless for only the second time in 330 career games. It also happened in March, when he was with Milwaukee. ... The Pistons dropped to 7-14 at home this season. They are 10-10 on the road.
AUBURN HILLS, MI - JANUARY 20: Josh Smith #6 of the Detroit Pistons drives to the basket against the Los Angeles...(Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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MVP: Blake Griffin (25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal). Why do people still believe Griffin doesn't play defense and hasn't expanded his offensive game? He scored inside and out, passed well and shut down Greg Monroe.
X factor: DeAndre Jordan. (16 points on 11 shots, 21 rebounds, 4 blocks ... and 0-for-6 free throw shooting). Jordan set the tone early, getting four dunks in the game's opening minutes. In a matchup with similarly intriguing Andre Drummond, Jordan showed how much more advanced he is -- thanks, certainly, to being 5 years older than the Detroit center.
That was ... a dunk-a-thon: Jordan (seven) and Griffin (five) abused the Pistons inside for dunk after dunk. Even Ryan Hollins had two. The Clippers did what they do best all over Detroit's pathetic interior defense.
Next 5 Games
Griffin is averaging 25.9 points over his last 18 games after entering that stretch at 20.1 PPG. He's getting to the line 10 times per game over that span and cashing in 76.1 percent of the time. The 4th-year man is just a 63.0 percent career free-throw shooter, but is shooting a career-high 71.3 percent this season.[+]
Blake Griffin This Season
The Clippers improve to 7-2 without Chris Paul this season ... That's a .778 win percentage, which is better than what they have posted with him (.647). The Thunder have also kept their heads above water without Russell Westbrook - while the Bulls, Suns, Nets and Celtics have struggled without their star point guard this season.[+]
Griffin is averaging 9.7 post-up points per game on 50.9 percent shooting on those plays over his last 18 games compared to just 3.9 points on 44.6 percent from the field prior to that. The Clippers have been making a conscious effort to get him the ball in that area as he's averaging nearly twice as many plays over his last 18 games.[+]
Blake Griffin on Post-up Plays This Season
With DeAndre Jordan's big day on the glass: * 21 rebounds ties a season high and was 1 shy of a career high * Has totaled double-digit rebounds in a career-high 20 straight games (3rd-longest streak by a Clippers player since 1984-85, the franchise's first season in Los Angeles) * Currently leads the NBA in rebounds per game ... trying to join Michael Cage (1987-88) as the only players in Clippers franchise history to win the rebounding title * Entered the day 2nd in field goal percentage and 3rd in blocks per game
Blake Griffin is putting up 22.5 points and 10.0 rebounds this season, right around his career averages of 20.7 points and 10.3 boards. Dating back to the ABA-NBA merger in 1976-77, only 8 other players averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds through their first 4 seasons - and the list is filled with all-time greats.[+]
20 PPG, 10 RPG Through First 4 Seasons, Since ABA-NBA Merger (1976-77)
There were 19 dunks in the Clippers-Pistons game Monday afternoon, the second most in a game this season. The Clippers had 14 of those dunks, the most by any team in a game this season. DeAndre Jordan had 7 dunks, the most by any player in a game this season.
Clippers shot 65.7% from the floor in the 1st half at the Pistons... It was the highest by the Clips in any half since Jan, 4, 2012 against the Rockets (67.5% in 1st half) Clippers would go on to win that game 117-89.
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