Chris Paul had his usual effective game (22 points, 9 assists) to key the Clippers to a bounce-back win, but the real story here was the Clippers 3-point shooting. The Clip-show was on fire from three, shooting 52.2 % from behind the arc, mostly thanks to Bobby Simmons (3 for 4) and Mo Williams(4 for 7). To help matters, all 4 of Williams’ treys came in the 4th quarter; that’s some nice “winning time” by the former Cavalier.
Perhaps they took some cues from the Timberwolves, who used great shooting nights from Derek Williams and Michael Beasley to completely control the 4th quarter against the Clips two nights ago. An odd statistic is that the Clippers had more points in the paint against the Timberwolves, but lost, and had fewer points in the paint against the Kings, and won.
The tale of the post-game tape against the T-wolves was better defense, and the Clippers delivered the required intensity last night against the Kings. Del Negro will definitely want to see the Clippers he saw last night in the rest of their February road games.
Jimmer Fredette tried his best to retaliate against the Clippers, hitting two threes in the 2nd quarter to put the KIngs up by 8, but the Clippers could not be denied in the second half. They forced Tyreke Evans to a bad shooting night on 7 of 21 from the field, and contained DeMarcus Cousins as best they could, but he still managed 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Chris Paul said earlier last week, that the Clippers needed to do a better job closing out teams, and that was definitely evidenced last night as well. There’s no rest for the weary, though, and the Clippers will need to bring the same intensity tonight against the Suns, and in their following three games, which are all on the road.