Sugene Lee

Clippers starting off the new year with a win

In NBA: LA Clippers on January 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

The Clippers were able to start the new year with a win against Portland in a 93-88 victory.

They had a solid start in the first quarter with the ball moving more and CP3 getting his teammates open shots.

CP3 was able to seal the deal, once again, after Portland came back up from a 17 point deficit, with his lucky 3-point buzzer beater andd drive-in layup with 9.3 seconds left on the clock. He finished the game with 17 points and 7 assists. This is why CP3 is a superstar. He’s able to score points in the final minutes and lead the Clips to a W.

With their improvement on defense, the Clips were able to hold the Blazers to 42.3% from the field and 26.7% from the three. They also came right out the gate with Blake, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds, exercising his mid-range jumpers and making his first attempts. However, he had a team-high of 5 turnovers of his team’s season-high total of 21. The Clips failed to out-rebound their opponents again with 38 rebounds, but luckily, they also forced the Blazers to 21 turnovers. Even with a little improvement from their last two games, the Clippers will improve much more as the season goes on. Blake Griffin states that they’re still “figuring each other out and can be even better.”

Caron Butler also had his best game in a Clippers uniform with 19 points and 5 rebounds; two points also came from a nice dunk of his own.

Randy Foye started in for Chauncey Billups, who’s still out from a sore right groin, and added 8 points of his own.

Mo Williams, who came out with lots of energy from the bench, added 13 points and 5 assists. He’s been embracing his role as a reserve and has shown great energy to keep the team running.

DeAndre Jordan got 9 points and 11 rebounds. Averaging the highest number of blocked shots this season, he was only able to get 1 tonight. However, with his attempts, he changed the direction of many shots and led to a Clippers’ possession.

Portland was coming back from three long quarters of sloppiness, and cut the 17 point deficit to 2, until Chris Paul decided to take over and work all over the place, offensively and defensively. He took on Jamal Crawford, a previous 6th man of the year, who had 23 points off the bench, and held him down. CP3 was also able to jump ball against Marcus Camby, and won.

While the Clippers were able to pull through with a New Year win, they still have much to improve on before they become true contenders. They’ll continue to be tested throughout the season, but they will also improve tremendously. They need to raise their efforts on rebounding as well as defense.

The Clips didn’t shoot extremely well, 48% from the field, but were able to hold down their opponent and win.

Clippers will be taking on Houston Rockets on Wednesday night!

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