With Blake Griffin sidelined with three fouls in the first quarters, the Clippers needed one of their bigs to show up and begin to dominate. DeAndre Jordan was that guy.
In the second quarter, DeAndre Jordan showed David Lee who is boss with consecutive blocks under the basket that got the fans whom are filling Staples Center loud and rowdy.
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With those two blocks, DeAndre Jordan tied the Clippers playoff record for most blocks in a game with 5, previously held by Elton Brand (done three times) and Charles Smith. Consideirng the war path he’s in, it won’t be a shock to see him eclipse the 5-block mark and set a record that he’ll likely be in position to break in the future.
In the first half, Jordan went 4-of-5 from the field for a total of 9 points along with 8 rebounds (2 offensive), his record-tying 5 blocks. Jordan also went 1-0f-6 from the free-throw, including an air-ball, and coughed up four turnovers.