NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, January 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (29-14) at Charlotte Bobcats (18-25), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers continue their long road trip
east Wednesday night when they visit The Time Warner Cable Arena to face the
The Clips are 2-1 on this sojourn with victories over the New York Knicks and
Detroit Pistons. Their lone loss came to the Indiana Pacers and the Clippers
will visit Chicago, Toronto and Milwaukee the rest of the way.
LA's most recent victory was Monday afternoon against the Pistons. It was
the eighth win in the last 10 for L.A. and the formula is pretty simple for
the Clippers - score over 100 points and win, score under 100 points and lose.
That's what's happened over the last 10.
Against the Pistons, DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 21 rebounds, which
matched a season-high, as the Clippers defeated the Pistons 112-103 on Monday
"I am just trying to do what I can to make our team win, trying to stay active
and anchor the defense," Jordan said.
Jamal Crawford netted 26 points, Blake Griffin added 25 and J.J. Redick
registered 20 points and six assists for the Clippers, who are 6-2 since
losing point guard Chris Paul to a shoulder injury.
Matt Barnes replaced Jared Dudley in the starting lineup Monday. Barnes had 10
points, while Dudley managed seven in a reserve role.
The Bobcats have alternated losses and wins over their last six.
On Monday, Ramon Sessions scored 23 points and Al Jefferson deposited a 22-
point, 19-rebound double-double as the Bobcats beat the Toronto Raptors 100-95
from Time Warner Cable Arena.
Gerald Henderson netted 16 points, while Josh McRoberts and Jannero Pargo each
contributed 11 points for the Bobcats, who defeated Toronto for the seventh
straight time in Charlotte.
The Bobcats built a 30-point lead in the third quarter, but the Raptors fought
hard. Kyle Lowry had a chance to tie at the foul line with under 30 seconds
left, but missed and Charlotte hung on for victory.
"That's the thing about the NBA, if a team gets going it's hard to stop them,
and they got it going in the fourth quarter," said Sessions. "But we had a
cushion enough where we were able to keep the lead."
Leading scorer Kemba Walker will still be out of the lineup with a sprained
After the tilt with the Clippers, Charlotte will play five of six on the road,
including a four-game trip west.
The Clippers have taken six in a row against the Bobcats, including a 27-point
drubbing on New Year's Day in L.A. The Clips are 6-3 all-time in Charlotte
against the Bobcats with three consecutive victories.
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