The last time the Memphis Grizzlies suffered a 12-game losing streak, Marc Gasol was a rookie and 46 games into a standout career.
Gasol is hoping not to experience the feeling of dropping 13 straight games even while watching in street clothes.
Tempers flared between players on both teams after Clarkson threw the ball, and LeBron James and JJ Redick, among others, had to be separated by the referees and security personnel.
Asked what he thought of Clarkson’s act, James sidestepped any specific commentary.
“Listen, they won the game,” James said.
“I’m just playing some good ball, and the most consistent thing for me right now is I’m available out there on the floor for my teammates,” said James, who has played in all 60 of the Cavs’ games this season. “They give me the room to go out and do what I need to do to help them as much as I can. And for me to have the month of February, when I averaged a triple-double for the first time in my career, I’m just trying to make plays, get rebounds and also try to score the ball a little bit as well. So, I would say for me individually, it was a pretty good month.”
James came into Tuesday’s game needing seven rebounds and six assists to secure the triple-double average (he already had more than enough points), and he recorded the stats by the end of the third quarter — as he had 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists heading into the fourth.
“No defense,” Hornacek said. “It was like a layup line in the second half. All easy stuff.”
The Clippers outscored the Knicks 35-18 in the third quarter.
“It was incredible,” said Austin Rivers. “I mean, they only scored 18 points. Any time you hold a team to 18 points in a quarter, and play the way we do on offense, it’s going to be tough to beat us.”
Enes Kanter had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points and Courtney Lee had 15.
“They did a great job of limiting us to a one-shot opportunity and getting down on the break,” Hardaway said. “Once you slip up in this league, it’s going to be hard to get yourself back in the game.”
The Clippers dominated the boards, outrebounding the Knicks 51-33. Once the Clippers started playing defense and moving the ball, open shots started to fall. They had a season-high 34 assists.
“Now in the second half, I thought we played really hard,” Doc Rivers said. “The great part of our team, if we get stops, then we start running. And when we start running, it puts a Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys lot of pressure on.”
He said there were no changes made at halftime. He simply showed film of the Knicks Best Cheap Jerseys From China hitting open 3-pointers.
“Sometimes you don’t have to say anything,” he said.