11/28 00:09 CST Pelicans lose Davis to injury in 111-90 loss to Clippers
Pelicans lose Davis to injury in 111-90 loss to Clippers
By JOE RESNICK
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick each scored 20 points before
sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the
undermanned New Orleans Pelicans 111-90 Friday night.
Griffin, who scored 40 points against Utah on Wednesday in a 102-91 loss that
began this six-game homestand, made seven of 15 shots to help fuel the
Clippers' sixth straight home victory over New Orleans. Chris Paul had 17
points and eight assists.
Anthony Davis had 17 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes for New Orleans. He
was carried to the dressing room with 2:48 left in the third quarter because of
a bruised right knee.
Davis collided with Paul while the All-Star point guard was dribbling up court.
The Pelicans were trailing 80-63 at the time.
Already this month, Davis has come out of games because of a bruised hip and an
injured left shoulder.
Former Clipper Eric Gordon had 16 points for the Pelicans, who had won three in
a row. He and Paul were traded for each other as part of a multiplayer deal in
December 2011, after a potential trade of Paul to the Lakers was nixed by the
The Clippers used 15 points by Redick and 13 each from Paul and Griffin to take
a 63-42 halftime lead, ending the second quarter with a 19-4 run that included
eight points by Redick in a 46-second span.
DeAndre Jordan had eight rebounds and six points during the first 8 minutes,
helping the Clippers build an 11-point margin.
New Orleans center Kendrick Perkins missed his 13th consecutive game because of
an injured right pectoral muscle. Tyreke Evans, working his way back from
arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last month, has not played this season.
Neither has Norris Cole (sprained left ankle) nor Quincy Pondexter (left knee).
As a result, new coach Alvin Gentry has used 11 different lineups. Gordon is
the only player to start all 16 games, and guard Toney Douglas is the lone
player on the active roster who hasn't started one.
Pelicans: Gentry's teams are 14-5 against the Clippers, whom he coached for
three seasons. . The Pelicans came in allowing a league-worst 109.3 points per
game. . Former UCLA guard Jrue Holiday was limited to seven points and three
assists during a foul-plagued 13 minutes. Ryan Anderson had nine points on
3-for-14 shooting. . Gordon extended his streak to 26 consecutive games with at
least one 3-pointer. . The Pelicans haven't played any games decided by fewer
than six points.
Clippers: Paul came in with a career assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.12,
third-best in league history behind Muggsy Bogues (4.69) and John Paxson
(4.24). . The Clippers haven't outrebounded an opponent in any of their first
16 games. Last season they were 32-8 when they won the battle of the boards. .
In head-to-head matchups between Griffin and Davis, the Clippers are 8-1. . C
Cole Aldrich, picked 11th overall by the Pelicans in 2010 and traded to
Oklahoma City on draft night, has played in only five games with the Clippers
Pelicans: At Utah on Saturday night.
Clippers: Host Minnesota on Sunday afternoon.