Just more than a week ago, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin were teammates, trying to help each other get a win in the NBA All-Star Game. But they weren’t out to help each other on Monday night. They were on opposite ends and Griffin had more quality help around him to hand the Pelicans a 123-110 loss before an announced crowd of 16,185 at the Smoothie King Center. In the featured matchup between the two All-Star forwards, Davis flashed quick moves to the basket and scored a game-high 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had two blocks. Griffin was just as impressive, scoring 22 points that included a few thunderous dunks. It was the 12th consecutive game that Griffin has scored at least 20 points. Midway in the fourth quarter, Davis came out to defend, but Griffin unloaded a forearm into his chest to clear space that sent him sailing backwards. ''It was physical but those are the type of games I like,'' Davis said. ''I love going against Blake because I know he's going to be physical. And I'm going to be physical right back and that's going to make me better. But we have to make sure we keep playing hard and physical, especially against a team like that.'' Former New Orleans guard Chris Paul had 19 points and dished 13 assists. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 14 points. But Clippers guard shooting guard Jamal Crawford did the most damage, scoring 24 points. He made seven of the Clippers' 16 3-pointers.
Pelicans lose to Los Angeles Clippers 123-110 for fourth consecutive loss
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Feb 25