Mar 29, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) reacts after scoring during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Watch: DeAndre Jordan Posts Career First Versus Rockets

Without Blake Griffin and Glen Davis to provide a scoring threat against the Rockets, it took a career-first from DeAndre Jordan to lift them over Houston.

For the first time in his career, DeAndre Jordan posted 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks. If this season has taught us anything about Jordan, it’s that this is just another step in a season where his improvements have been seen everywhere. Yes, that includes on the offseason end of the ball. Whatever it is that has attributed to his growth and success, rather it be not having Vinny Del Negro sit him for quarters at a time due to his lack of free-throw shooting, or the confidence instilled in him by Doc Rivers,  it’s worked wonders.

While it is a first for Jordan, it’s been a statistical oddity for the Clippers and in the 2013-14 season.

No player, including Blake Griffin who isn’t featured here due to his lack of shot-blocking prowess, had put up this stat line in a Clippers jersey since 2007 when Elton Brand 31 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocks. Oddly enough, teammate Chris Kaman had done it ten days prior to Brand’s doing when he posted 20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks against the Atlanta Hawks. All-in-all, the task has only been done 15 times by a Clipper since 1985, DeAndre being the fifth player to do it.

This season, we’ve seen it seven times. Of the seven, second year forward Anthony Davis has done it there times, his best night being the 22 points, 19 rebounds, 7 blocks night he had against the Orlando Magic. Roy Hibbert, John Henson and Dwight Howard have also posted the line this season.

Here are the highlights of Jordan’s career first provided by YouTube user Dawk Ins.

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