Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/20

Game 1: Monday, January 20th
Game 2: Saturday, March 22nd

Clippers 112

(29-14, 11-11 away)

Pistons 103

(17-24, 7-14 home)

    Coverage: FSDT

    1:00 PM ET, January 20, 2014

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 26 38 30 18112
    DET 28 25 25 25103

    Top Performers

    LAC: D. Jordan 16 Pts, 21 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Blk

    Det: R. Stuckey 29 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Clippers-Pistons Preview

    This duel during the day in Detroit will display some of the NBA's dunking dynamos.

    That's certainly the preferred method of scoring for the Pistons given the way they shoot 3-pointers.

    Fans of ferocious finishes should have fun Monday when DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers take on Andre Drummond and the Pistons.

    Jordan has an NBA-high 109 dunks, Drummond is second with 99 and Griffin fourth with 85. The Pistons also have Josh Smith, who is known for his aerial ability but has played more on the perimeter this season and has just 33 dunks.

    Smith isn't playing to his strengths if he stays behind the arc for Detroit (17-23), which is shooting a league-worst 31.0 percent on 3-pointers -- 27.2 percent while losing seven of its last 10. He and Brandon Jennings shoot the most 3s on the team and are the biggest culprits of late.

    Jennings is shooting 27.5 percent from beyond the arc over his last eight games while Smith has made four of his last 28 attempts (14.3).

    The Pistons are shooting 25.4 percent on 3-pointers while going 2-12 against Western Conference foes. The Clippers defend the 3-point arc well, limiting opponents to 33.5 percent.

    Los Angeles (28-14) will be looking to get back on track after its five-game win streak ended with Saturday's 106-92 loss at Indiana. The Clippers averaged 114.6 points and shot 46.0 percent during their run before being limited to 39.8 percent shooting against the league's best defense.

    "We didn't play well at all," coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought their defense really rushed us. We talked about how they tried to channel you into their bigs and we kept falling for it over and over again. We just didn't execute offensively."

    The Clippers have to like their chances of getting back to their high-scoring ways against the Pistons, who are allowing opponents to shoot 46.5 percent and average 102.6 points.

    Los Angeles has won five of seven since Chris Paul went down with a separated right shoulder Jan. 3. Darren Collison has taken over as the starter and is playing well, averaging 15.0 points and shooting 55.1 percent, although his four assists against the Pacers marked his lowest total of that stretch.

    "You've got to be able to move the ball from side to side," Collison said. "At times, we did it, at times we didn't."

    Detroit has won three of four following Saturday's 104-98 victory at Washington. The Pistons got 41 points from their reserve after their bench had a season-high 55 the night before in a 110-89 defeat to Utah.

    Rodney Stuckey totaled 41 points in those games and helped spark some key surges against the Wizards.

    "I just go in there and try to do what I do and try to change the game," Stuckey said. "That's what we did tonight, the bench players. We came in and did a good job of changing the game."

    Jordan leads the NBA with 13.5 rebounds per game and is second in field goal percentage at 63.5, with Drummond third at 60.1.

    Los Angeles has captured the last four meetings.


    Research Notes

    Griffin is averaging 25.9 points over his last 18 games after entering that stretch at 20.1 PPG. He's getting to the line 10 times per game over that span and cashing in 76.1 percent of the time. The 4th-year man is just a 63.0 percent career free-throw shooter, but is shooting a career-high 71.3 percent this season.
    The Clippers improve to 7-2 without Chris Paul this season ... That's a .778 win percentage, which is better than what they have posted with him (.647). The Thunder have also kept their heads above water without Russell Westbrook - while the Bulls, Suns, Nets and Celtics have struggled without their star point guard this season.
    Griffin is averaging 9.7 post-up points per game on 50.9 percent shooting on those plays over his last 18 games compared to just 3.9 points on 44.6 percent from the field prior to that. The Clippers have been making a conscious effort to get him the ball in that area as he's averaging nearly twice as many plays over his last 18 games.
    Blake Griffin is putting up 22.5 points and 10.0 rebounds this season, right around his career averages of 20.7 points and 10.3 boards. Dating back to the ABA-NBA merger in 1976-77, only 8 other players averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds through their first 4 seasons - and the list is filled with all-time greats.
    Clippers shot 65.7% from the floor in the 1st half at the Pistons... It was the highest by the Clips in any half since Jan, 4, 2012 against the Rockets (67.5% in 1st half) Clippers would go on to win that game 117-89.
    There were 19 dunks in the Clippers-Pistons game Monday afternoon, the second most in a game this season. The Clippers had 14 of those dunks, the most by any team in a game this season. DeAndre Jordan had 7 dunks, the most by any player in a game this season.

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