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Clippers' DeAndre Jordan takes what New York dishes out

He scores all of his eight points in the first half as the Knicks put a smaller defender on him the majority of the time. He also throws down a windmill dunk, taking a turn ahead of Blake Griffin.

March 17, 2013|By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times
  • Clippers center DeAndre Jordan throws down a fast-break windmill dunk in the first half against the New York Knicks.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan throws down a fast-break windmill dunk… (Reed Saxon / Associated…)

DeAndre Jordan showed early in the game against the New York Knicks he could be another option on offense for the Clippers, scoring all eight of his points in the first half.

Jordan also had 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

"I just wanted to take whatever they gave me," Jordan said about New York's defense against him. "They switch a lot. A lot of times I had a smaller guy on me so I was trying to use that to our/my advantage. It worked a little bit so we just kept trying to go to it."

Jordan also had another highlight dunk.

After Chris Paul got a steal, Jordan and Blake Griffin took off on the fast break.

Paul passed ahead to Jordan, who was ahead of Griffin.

Jordan looked back at Griffin and threw down a right-handed windmill dunk.

"I tried to see if somebody was behind me," Jordan said. "He said, 'Go, go. You've got it.' I said, 'All right.' "

Working on three-point defense

The Clippers were upbeat about holding the Knicks to 35.8% shooting from the field.

However, the Clippers again struggled in defending from beyond the arc, as the Knicks made 46.2% (12 of 26) of their three-pointers. The Knicks attempt the most three-pointers in the NBA, averaging 29.2 per game.

"You can't take away everything all the time," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "But we have to do a better job of taking the three out."

The Clippers allowed opponents to shoot 46.8% from three-point range in their 21 losses.

"When we struggle and teams are hitting threes, we have to have a better sense of urgency," Del Negro said. "We have to make them put [the ball] on the ground, to make them feel the pressure when you're on them. And we just have to keep drilling them and working on it and hopefully we'll turn the corner eventually."

Del Negro said the players understand what their roles are and they try to execute the game plan.

"I think they understand it," Del Negro said. "But now it's a trust factor. It's a recognition factor. It's just that multiple effort we talk about all the time. It's got to be multiple efforts and we're capable of doing it. We just have to do it for longer stretches."


Ronny Turiaf didn't play Sunday because of a sore left knee.… Eric Bledsoe missed his third straight game with an injured left calf.

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