LA Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan helped slow Dwight Howard

first_imgDwight Howard of the Houston Rockets was a royal pain to the Clippers the first three times the teams played this season. He went for 20 points and 20 rebounds in the Rockets’ 109-105 victory over the Clippers on Nov. 7 at Staples Center. He scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 107-97 win over the Clippers on Dec. 19 at Houston and he went for 36 points and 26 rebounds in a 140-132 Clippers overtime victory Jan. 18 at Staples Center.It was a very different story Wednesday, when the Clippers (43-24) went to Houston and routed the Rockets 122-106. Howard scored just six points on 2 of 4 shooting and grabbed only seven rebounds. Howard averages 14.7 points and 12.0 rebounds on the season.His Clippers counterpart – DeAndre Jordan – played a big hand in Howard’s non-showing.“He was great,” said Rivers, whose team will next play Saturday at Memphis. “He had a great game and Dwight has had so many big games against us, the last three especially. We put a major focus on that. Our guys did a great job of game planning there. (James) Harden is just tough to stop, no matter what you do. But when Harden and Howard score, you don’t win. “I thought our guys did a fantastic job being in the right spot. We did what we were supposed to do and we didn’t let (Dwight) get behind us. He may have had the first dunk, but after that, he didn’t get any underneath; it was just good defense.”Jordan not only helped shut down Howard, he scored 23 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked two shots.As for the Rockets’ Harden, he scored 33 points on 11 of 23 shooting. He did his part, Howard did not, thanks to Jordan.Second unit shinesThe Clippers’ second unit took some heat after its rather lousy performance in Tuesday night’s 108-87 loss at San Antonio. In it, Clippers reserves scored only 20 points and shot just 6 of 22 from the field (27.2 percent). Spurs reserves scored 51 points. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img But Wednesday, again, it was a different deal. The Clippers’ second unit scored 47 points and shot a combined 17 of 29 (58.6 percent). Struggling Wes Johnson shot 5 of 5, Austin Rivers was 4 of 8, Paul Pierce 3 of 6, Jamal Crawford 4 of 9 and Cole Aldrich made his only shot.Starting point guard Chris Paul, who stuck up for the bench a night earlier, liked what he saw.“They definitely challenged themselves,” Paul said. “Like we said, in San Antonio last night, we are a team and we stick together.”New radio home KLAC 570 AMThe Clippers on Wednesday night announced their new radio home will be KLAC 570 AM after coming to terms with iHeartMedia Los Angeles on a multi-year contract.The Clippers home had been The Beast 980, but the station was sold and changed formats.The first Clippers’ broadcast on their new home will be Saturday when the team plays at Memphis, with the pre-game show beginning at 4:30 p.m. and tip-off set or 5.Brian Sieman will continue on as radio play-by-play man. He’s in his ninth season.KLAC 570 is also home to the Dodgers as well as UCLA football and basketball.This and thatThe first court date for Clippers forward Branden Dawson is April 7. He was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic abuse this past Sunday morning in Playa Vista. … Memphis (39-29) has been hit hard with injuries and had lost three in a row and five of seven before Thursday’s game at Milwaukee. Center Marc Gasol (fractured foot) is out for the season. last_img