The Los Angeles Clippers
(20-32) pulled off a big win over the New York Knicks
(26-25) behind the hot hand of Randy Foye
and Baron Davis
. Foye had a game-high 24 points on 8 of 15 shooting, but went 4 of 7 from behind the arc. Davis had 16 points, but had a bigger game passing the ball with just as many assists. Davis had 16 assists total with 11 in the first half leading the Clippers to a 58-47 halftime lead.
The Knicks jumped out to a 29-28 lead to end the first quarter behind the play of Amare Stoudemire
and Timofey Mozgov
. Stoudemire had 23 points and just 5 rebounds while Mozgov had 18 points and 6 rebounds in his eleventh game as a starter this whole season. Mozgov averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game coming into this game, but had 12 of his 18 points in the first quarter.
The Knicks also got a good game from Raymond Felton
who had 17 points and 12 assists with Danilo Gallinari
21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and went 14 of 14 from the free-throw line. Toney Douglas
and Wilson Chandler
helped the Knicks off the bench with Chandler scoring 11 points and Douglas added 12, but just could not overcome Foye’s hot hand.
The second quarter was dominated by the Clippers outscoring the Knicks in this period 30-18. Gomes and Davis where the main reasons for the big lead hitting three pointers at key moments. The first three came from Eric Bledsoe
(16 points) tying the game up at 35 points at the 7:24 mark. Davis then hit a 3-pointer pushing the lead 40-35. Gomes came down after a Davis layup and hit back to back threes for the Clippers who took a 48-37 point lead.
The third quarter the Knicks tried to bounce back but the Clippers kept their foot on the gas by building a 20 point lead. The Clippers made nine of their first 13 shots in the third and opened an 84-64 lead on Foye's 3-pointer with 3:13 left. The Knicks then finally showed some force, extending their defense and using a 14-4 eruption to trim the margin to 88-78 after three.
In the fourth quarter Douglas of the Knicks scored seven straight points to cut the Clippers lead to five with 6:04 left to play in the game. Stoudemire had a dunk to make it a three-point game, but Foye would not let the Knicks get any closer than that scoring 17 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Foye hit a big 3-pointer to make it a 109-102 lead with less than three minute remaining.
The Clippers had a great overall game with six players scoring in double digits. Blake Griffin
had 21 points but was only able to pull down 6 rebounds while DeAndre Jordan
chipped in with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Ryan Gomes
had 18 points rounding out the scoring making all the starters for the Clippers score in double digits.
The Clippers have seven more road game before they get the chance to go home on Feb. 26 to face the Boston Celtics