Doc Rivers denies Lakers coaching rumors
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers denied rumors on Tuesday night that he's interested in leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to coach the Lakers.
The LeBron James-led Lakers are 31-39 under coach...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams continues to prove that he is not only the Los Angeles Clippers' most valuable player, but the NBA's leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The third quarter has been a problem for the Los Angeles Clippers since the All-Star break.
Doc Rivers loved how they handled that period this time, even though he was...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers has been a part of the NBA for 33 years as a player and coach. He thought he had seen everything until Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams is close to etching his name in the record book as the NBA's career leader in points off the bench.
He scored 40 points, 19 in the second quarter, to help the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers are rolling toward a playoff berth, even after a thorough upheaval over the past two years.
LeBron James and the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers finally gained some ground in the crowded Western Conference playoff race, although coach Doc Rivers knows it's still too early to make much of...
Clippers rally from 28 down, beat Celtics 123-112
BOSTON (AP) — The "Beat L.A.!" chants turned to boos as the Boston Celtics blew another big lead to another Los Angeles team.
One game after the Lakers rallied from 18 points down to win in Boston — and six days after the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl — the retooled Clippers erased a 28-point deficit on Saturday night to beat the Celtics 123-112.
Leonard scores 18 points, Raptors rout Clippers 121-103
TORONTO (AP) — The rested Toronto Raptors made quick work of the weary Los Angeles Clippers.
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Clippers 121-103 on Sunday for their 10th victory in their last 11 home games.
Before the game, Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers bemoaned the lack of rest his team got following a 5 p.m. start Saturday in Detroit, in which the Clippers erased a 25-point deficit to beat the Pistons 111-101.
Clippers cruise past Kings 122-108 for 3rd straight win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Without Danilo Gallinari lately, the Los Angeles Clippers have gone small. Their sparkplug has been Patrick Beverley.
The veteran guard had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists on Sunday, helping the Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings 122-108 for their third straight victory.
"Pat has been MVP or key to us in this run," coach Doc Rivers said. "He's a tough-guy competitor and holds every guy accountable on the floor."
Clippers control second half, top Heat 111-99
MIAMI (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers know that little was expected of them this season.
They're still fighting to prove doubters wrong.
Tobias Harris scored 22 of his 31 points in the first half, and the Clippers clamped down on defense after intermission to beat the Miami Heat 111-99 on Wednesday night.
NBA coaches’ new play: tending to health to cope with grind
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr reached out to Steve Clifford after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches and other symptoms.
Coaches around the league are taking preventive measures to help deal with the grind and stresses of a long NBA season.
Clippers beat up on Suns again, win 121-111
PHOENIX (AP) — Marcin Gortat figures he is the beneficiary of coach Doc Rivers' New Year's resolution.
Gortat had not played in the fourth quarter in the first 36 games of the season until the calendar turned, and he responded with his first double-double of the season when the Clippers extended their dominance of the Phoenix Suns with a 121-111 victory Friday night.
"You never know with Doc," Gortat said after getting 18 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Bench helps Clippers hang on for 127-118 win over Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a 27-point lead quickly disappearing, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was left with little choice.
It was time to put his five best players back on the floor for the final three minutes.
A day after trading for him, Suns waive G Austin Rivers
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Austin Rivers, a day after he was obtained in a trade with the Washington Wizards.
In a deal finalized over the weekend and announced Monday, the Suns acquired Rivers and Kelly Oubre from the Wizards in exchange for Trevor Ariza.
If he clears waivers, Rivers becomes an unrestricted free agent.
George scores 33 to help Thunder top Clippers 110-104
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George rendered the Los Angeles Clippers' traps and double-teams useless.
Oklahoma City's forward shredded the Clippers for 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 110-104 victory on Saturday night.
Williams out for Clippers against Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lou Williams will sit out the Los Angeles Clippers' game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a sore left hamstring.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers made the announcement Saturday before the game.
Williams, who is averaging 17.2 points and 4.5 assists, will miss his third straight game. He was injured against Phoenix on Dec. 10 and played just 12 minutes. Since then, the Clippers have lost to Toronto and San Antonio.
Harris scores 33, Clippers outlast Suns 123-119 in overtime
PHOENIX (AP) — Overtime has been kind to the Clippers this season, and Los Angeles needed it to overcome a short-handed Phoenix Suns team 123-119 on Monday night.
The Clippers won their fourth overtime game of the season — without a defeat. Tobias Harris scored 33 points and Patrick Beverley made two free throws with 33.3 seconds left in overtime to lead the Clippers to victory.
Harris, Harrell help Clippers hold off Kings 133-121
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers built and blew several big leads while trying to extend their five-year winning streak in Sacramento.
Each time they let one slip away, Tobias Harris or Montrezl Harrell were there to get Doc Rivers' team going again.
Harris scored 28 points, Harrell added 24 and the Clippers beat the Kings 133-121 on Thursday night.
Harris, Gallinari help Clippers edge Blazers 104-100
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Few, if any, expected the Los Angeles Clippers to be atop the Western Conference standings 19 games into the season.
On Sunday night, they even managed to impress themselves with a 104-100 comeback win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Williams helps Clippers edge Spurs for 3rd straight victory
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams did it again.
He hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-111 on Thursday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.
"We feel like we're a good basketball team despite what people are talking about," Williams said.
The Clippers improved to 7-1 at home after blowing leads of 14 points in the second quarter and 10 in the fourth.
Clippers beat Wolves 120-109, drop Minnesota to 0-6 on road
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers withstood "Fourth Quarter Jimmy" Butler and improved to 4-1 at home.
Tobias Harris scored 22 points, Lou Williams added 20 and Los Angeles defeated Minnesota 120-109 Monday night, dropping the Timberwolves to 0-6 on the road this season.
Led by Butler and Derrick Rose, the Wolves rallied in the fourth when the duo combined to score 22 of the team's 25 points. Rose finished with 21 points and Butler had 16 of his 20 in the final period.
Williams scores 28 as Clippers rout Magic 120-95
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Things were going so well for Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams on Friday night that even when one of his shots missed, he ended up getting credit for a basket.
Williams scored 23 of his game-high 28 points in the second half in leading the Clippers to a 120-95 rout of the Orlando Magic.
It was the Clippers' 10th straight win over the Magic.
Harris scores 22 and the Clippers down the Wizards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a season where putting up lots of points has been a nightly occurrence, the Los Angeles Clippers have also been trying to win with their defense.
Tobias Harris scored 22 points to lead nine players in double-figures as the Los Angeles Clippers coasted to a 136-104 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night.
Led by bench, Clippers hang on to beat Rockets 115-112
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three games into his NBA career, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is getting used to playing in crunch time.
The rookie is pretty good when it counts, too.
Montrezl Harrell led a fourth-quarter charge by the Clippers' reserves with 17 points, Gilgeous-Alexander added 12 and Los Angeles defeated the Houston Rockets 115-112 on Sunday night.
Clippers beat Thunder 108-92 for 1st win of season
LOS ANGELES (AP) — These new-look Clippers like each other.
With stars Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan cleared out, Los Angeles is looking to compete with a mix of veterans and youngsters who came together to earn their first win of the season.
Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris scored 26 points each and the Clippers rallied in the fourth quarter for a 108-92 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
From Lob City to Clamp City: Clippers seeking new identity
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Big Three have cleared out and Lob City is no more.
For the first time in 10 years, the Los Angeles Clippers will soon begin a season without DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin or Chris Paul on the roster.
So just who is this team?
Well, coach Doc Rivers isn't sure yet.
But Patrick Beverley offers a bold take: Clamp City.
"You got two of the best on-ball defenders in the league," he said, referring to himself and Avery Bradley. "We can be a defensive juggernaut."
The Latest: Doc Rivers urging eligible players ‘to go vote’
The Latest on NBA media day from around the league on Monday (all times Eastern):
Doc Rivers says he's always been political, he just doesn't talk about it much.
But the Los Angeles Clippers coach is urging his players who are eligible to vote in next month's midterm elections to do so, saying, "It's more important now than ever."
Rivers says, "We have to go vote. We have to go register. Black men have to go vote. We have to do better, so I talk to my players about it."
The Latest: Hoops Hall opens doors to point guards
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The latest on the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony (all times local):
Ray Allen gave a shoutout to former Celtics teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in his Hall of Fame induction speech.
He called his teammates from the 2008 NBA champions "future Hall of Famers."
Clippers hire Rex Kalamian as assistant
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have hired Rex Kalamian as an assistant on coach Doc Rivers' staff, bringing him back for a second stint with the team.
He spent the last three seasons as an assistant with Toronto, which didn't promote him when coach Dwane Casey was fired.
Kalamian worked in various jobs for the Clippers from 1992-95 and then was an assistant from 1995-2003.
Harris scores 24 to lead Clippers over Bulls, 113-10
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There had been only one real practice, one small attempt at learning a couple plays with new teammates.
But when the game began Saturday, the new and the old melded like they'd been at it for some time, newcomer Tobias Harris blending with holdover Danilo Gallinari to lead the Clippers to a 113-103 victory over the struggling Chicago Bulls.
Griffin leads Clippers past Cousins-less Pelicans, 112-103
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Blake Griffin and his Clippers teammates figured they deserved the unpleasant critique from coach Doc Rivers at halftime. So they took it to heart and completed the franchise's greatest road comeback in more than a decade.
NBA coaches appreciate Bill Belichick’s work as Patriots’ football coach
This time last year, the NBAs Doc Rivers declared four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Belichick the greatest coach of all time, in any sport.
Williams has 40 points,10 assists, Clippers beat Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Lou Williams was doing his part to keep Los Angeles' offense flowing, and coach Doc Rivers gave the scorer a little extra incentive to make sure the Clippers kept the pressure on the Memphis Grizzlies.
"I told him in the middle of the third (quarter): 'If we don't win, we've got practice (Saturday),'" Rivers recounted after the Clippers' 109-100 victory over the Grizzlies on Friday night. "From that point on, Lou was phenomenal."
Wiggins carries Timberwolves to 126-118 win over Clippers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing short-handed, the Minnesota Timberwolves grew up a bit.
Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points and Jeff Teague added 30 to help them hang on for a 126-118 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night that snapped the Wolves' four-game road skid.
Without injured Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford, the Timberwolves overcame 56 percent shooting by the Clippers and made 33 of 39 free throws — led by Teague's 16 of 17 — to win for the seventh time in nine games.
No love lost: Clippers beat Rockets 113-102 in heated game
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul came back to Staples Center to play against his old team and things got heated.
The final minutes of the game were filled with technical fouls, ejections, swearing, bumping — and that was just the beginning.
Lou Williams scored 31 points, Blake Griffin added 29 before his ejection, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Paul and the Houston Rockets 113-102 on Monday night for their fifth victory in a row.
Clippers showing resolve in season filled with injuries
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin is used to not knowing who's in the Los Angeles Clippers' lineup these days.
Injuries have sidelined him and the other four opening-night starters at one point or another, making this the most challenging season of Doc Rivers' coaching career.
Clippers get to .500 with 126-105 win over lowly Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Being .500 is hardly a team's goal, although with the kind of injury-wracked season the Clippers are having, it's somewhat of an accomplishment.
Lou Williams scored 26 points in the Clippers' 126-105 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, giving Los Angeles a 21-21 mark at the season's midpoint.
"With all the guys that are out, we're just trying to hold the fort," coach Doc Rivers said.
CJ Williams hits 3 to lift Clippers over Hawks, 108-107
LOS ANGELES (AP) — C.J. Williams took a shot coach Doc Rivers didn't want him to take, and Rivers could only laugh. Just as he's prone to do with these Clippers.
Williams hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with nine seconds left to lift Los Angeles over the Atlanta Hawks 108-107 on Monday night.
Lou Williams scores 40 points, Clippers hold off Hornets
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clippers guard Lou Williams was trouble for the Charlotte Hornets from the moment he left the bench, making his first four shots, including three 3-pointers, and scoring 11 points before he was on the floor four minutes.
Williams went on to score 40 points to lead Los Angeles to a 106-98 victory Sunday.
Injured Austin Rivers to miss Clippers’ game against Hornets
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clippers guard Austin Rivers will miss the Los Angeles' game Sunday against Charlotte after injuring his right Achilles.
The team said he is day-to-day after an MRI taken Saturday revealed no soft tissue injury or structural damage.
Rivers, the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, was hurt in a victory over the Lakers on Friday night.
Griffin returns to lead Clippers past Lakers, 121-106
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An uncomfortable pattern has emerged the first half of the season for the Los Angeles Clippers. They cannot seem to approach being a healthy team.
On a night they got Blake Griffin back for the first time in a month from a knee injury in their 121-106 victory Friday over the slumping Los Angeles Lakers, they lost guard Austin Rivers to an Achilles strain.
Clippers lead all the way in beating Suns 108-94 to end skid
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Rivers doesn't bother checking the Clippers' lineup these days. With so many injuries, he's never sure who's suiting up.
Rivers scored 21 points, DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds and Los Angeles beat the Phoenix Suns 108-94 on Wednesday night to end a three-game skid.
"We've got to stay in this until we get our guys back," Rivers said. "Whoever is on the floor, let's just attack."
The best era in Clippers history is officially over. What happens next is a mystery.
As Blake Griffin limped off the court at Staples Center on Nov. 27, the best era in Los Angeles Clippers history left with him.
Clippers end Raptors’ streak with 96-91 victory
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With Blake Griffin, Patrick Beverley and Danilo Gallinari sidelined by injuries, playing hard has to be the Los Angeles Clippers' calling card.
Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points and the Clippers rallied over the final 3:21 to beat Toronto 96-91 on Monday night, snapping the Raptors' six-game winning streak.
Clippers beat Wizards 113-112 in wild finish with clock goof
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The way things have been going for the struggling Clippers, it figures a wild finish involving an arcane clock rule would be the way they'd finally win again.
Lou Williams hit a go-ahead pull-up 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining, lifting Los Angeles to a 113-112 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday to end a four-game skid.
Barea, Mavericks pound Clippers 108-82
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks shot their way to a milestone victory for coach Rick Carlisle.
Nowitzki made five of Dallas' 16 3-pointers, and the Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-82 on Saturday for Carlisle's 700th career win.
"It just means that I've been very fortunate," Carlisle said. "As time goes on, I count those things even less. It's day to day and trying to improve the situation."
Griffin has sprained left knee, could be out up to 8 weeks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin has a sprained left knee and could miss up to eight weeks, dealing a stunning blow to the injury-riddled Los Angeles Clippers.
The team said Tuesday that an MRI revealed a medial collateral ligament sprain, but there is no other structural damage to the knee.
Griffin got injured late in Monday night's 120-115 win over the Lakers. He had 26 points and 11 rebounds in the Clippers' third straight victory.
Griffin hurt; Clippers hang on to beat Lakers 120-115
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers' third win in a row for the first time since opening the season 4-0 came at a price.
Blake Griffin fell down under the basket and clutched his left knee with 3:53 left in a 120-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
The team said he's day-to-day and will be examined on Tuesday. A grim-faced Griffin dressed and left the locker room without speaking to reporters.
"It didn't look good, obviously," coach Doc Rivers said.
Clippers’ Patrick Beverley expected to miss rest of season
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is expected to miss the rest of the season after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
Beverley had surgery Wednesday in Houston to repair a lateral meniscus. The procedure was performed by Dr. Walt Lowe at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.