DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin lead Clippers past Detroit Pistons

first_img“We didn’t put up a resistance,” Smith said. “They had transition 3s, open looks at 3s and they were getting layups in transition and throwing lobs and we just let them have everything. I don’t know what happened.”Jordan made his first seven shots. Blake Griffin added 25 points and Jamal Crawford scored 26 for the Clippers, who are now 6-2 since losing star point guard Chris Paul to a shoulder injury.J.J. Redick added 20 points for Los Angeles, including two four-point plays when the Pistons fouled him beyond the arc.Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points for Detroit and Smith added 24, but the Pistons got almost nothing from their starting backcourt. Brandon Jennings went scoreless and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored only six points.Jordan dunked four times in the first quarter alone. The Clippers led 64-53 at halftime after shooting 66 percent from the field. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “They’ve got to be able to step up with J.J., Jamal, Matt (Barnes), guys like that,” Jordan said. “So I was open a lot at the rim early.”Jordan has six double-doubles in the last seven games, and his most impressive dunk of the day was probably a one-handed alley-oop from Redick in the third quarter. Jordan’s eyes were around rim level on that one, which gave Los Angeles an 82-67 lead.“That’s the way they play. They pound the ball inside, and they are always looking for the lob,” Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. “They don’t usually get as many of them as they did tonight, but that’s what they do.”Redick bounced back after a 4-for-17 showing against Indiana on Saturday. His first four-point play put the Clippers up 38-33 in the second quarter. His second came in the third, after the Pistons had cut the lead to six and looked ready for a potential run.“That’s my job — to knock down some shots,” Redick said. “I think we played really well in that second quarter, and then in that third quarter we had another good stretch.”The last player with two four-point plays in one game was Crawford, who did it for Golden State against Denver on March 28, 2009, according to STATS.“I figured he’d probably done it before,” Redick said. “He’s the master.”Once the Clippers pulled away, about the only fun moment for most of the crowd came when a fan seated courtside was drenched by a drink after the ball went sailing out of bounds right at him. He seemed to take the mishap in good spirits, and the game was delayed briefly while the floor in front of him was cleaned.Detroit trailed by as many as 20 points in the fourth. The Pistons cut the deficit to nine late in the game, but Jordan punctuated a terrific day with yet another alley-oop dunk.“It was a good performance. It wasn’t a great performance,” Griffin said. “I thought we relaxed too much at certain times. In the fourth quarter, we should have done a better job.”NOTES: Caldwell-Pope fouled Redick on both four-point plays. … Jordan finished 8 of 11 from the field and 0 for 6 on free throws. … Jennings missed all seven of his shots from the field, going scoreless for only the second time in 330 career games. It also happened in March, when he was with Milwaukee. … The Pistons dropped to 7-14 at home this season. They are 10-10 on the road.center_img AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — There’s something about the Detroit Pistons that seems to bring out DeAndre Jordan’s best dunks.Jordan had 16 points and 21 rebounds — dunking seven times with a layup — and the Los Angeles Clippers breezed to a 112-103 victory over the Pistons on Monday. Jordan threw down a memorable dunk on Detroit’s Brandon Knight last March. Knight is no longer on the Pistons, but Jordan put on another highlight show in this meeting against Detroit big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.“We knew we had to bring it,” Jordan said.Detroit’s Josh Smith had his own explanation.last_img read more

Help for Highlands Arrives by the Hundreds

first_imgBy John BurtonHIGHLANDS – Saturday was a day of giving and grateful receiving for scores of volunteers and borough residents and business owners as they continue the arduous task of rebuilding their lives and community.Highlands was abuzz on Saturday morning, April 27, as hundreds of volunteers arrived; some were part of Comcast’s Day of Community participation and others were from a variety of corporate entities and organizations. They came to spend much of the day assisting with the borough’s ongoing cleanup and recovery from Super Storm Sandy, which slammed the area six months ago.“I think this is the final phase of the beginning to get Highlands back better than ever,” Mayor Frank L. Nolan said.About 1,250 of approximately 1,500 residences in the borough’s lower area were damaged – 1,064 substantially – by Sandy. Many businesses in that area also were damaged, Nolan said.Bronwyn Link and her son Jacob in front of their Central Avenue home.The mayor’s own home was destroyed and he and his family joined many borough residents who spent time at the disaster shelter at Henry Hudson Regional High School.Months later “we have a lot of folks that are getting back in their home,” Nolan said.He also expects nearly 80 percent of businesses to be reopened by the Memorial Day weekend.Before that happens, there is plenty of work to be done.Lucille Lane, who lived on John Street for four years until the storm, hasn’t been able to move back while the home’s owner continues its restoration.“I thought I would be in by now,” Lane said. It’s “still up in the air” as to when she can return home.The small, modest residence was flooded with 6 feet of water that came rushing through during the storm surge, she said.Last Saturday, a troop of volunteers, ranging from the very young to middle-age, were hauling out debris and trash from the property’s garage, where the force of the water had smashed the windows.Kristen Hulanick, a High­lands resident who survived Sandy unscathed, was helping out.“It’s by doing some of these little things,” Hulanick said while cleaning and hauling debris, “hopefully, it’ll start putting the pieces back together.”Atlantic Highlands resident Dan Curtain agreed.“Obviously, this community is not going to recover without people giving it a little bit of help,” Curtain said.In addition to helping Lane, Curtain, his wife Tricia and other volunteers also offered to help Lynn Weber, an Atlantic Highlands woman who was working on a small bungalow that she and her ailing husband usually rent out for the summer season to supplement their income.The structure looked severely damaged.“When this first happened I thought everything was over,” Weber said. “I thought the only thing left was to sell the property. We thought there was no hope.”But as she looked at all the people filling plastic trash bags, lifting and disposing of some of the trash that was strewn around, Weber said, “Now, with these people’s help we’re hoping we can save it and save the Jersey Shore.“Just getting it cleaned up is of tremendous help,” Weber said.“Little by little, there is a difference,” said Alissa Algarin of Highlands who was helping clean up the area.Over on Central Avenue, Bronwyn Link’s home that she shares with her 17-year-old son, Jacob was flooded and damaged to the point that they haven’t been able to live there. They have been living in a small cottage, owned by a fellow First Aid Squad member, after spending 12 days last fall in the shelter.A worker from Love INC delivers a new mattress to a Highlands resident.Link said she’s begun work rehabilitating the home with the help of volunteers who have stripped the floors and walls, and others from Habitat for Humanity who put up sheetrock. A group of volunteers, some of them employees of the Sherwin-Williams paint company, spent Saturday painting the interior of Link’s home.“It’s overwhelming, it’s so wonderful,” she said as she looked at the work being done and with the knowledge that she would be getting a new queen-sized bed from Love INC, a religious- based charitable organization. “It would take me a year or longer,” to do the work herself.Mary Jane Suruda of Highlands paints the hallway at a Highlands home while Scott Benson, a volunteer from Sherwin-Williams, checks out her work.When asked why she was spending her day working on someone else’s home, Highlands resident Mary Jane Suruda said, “If I tell you, I’ll start crying.” With a minimum of tears, she explained that the borough is her community and she felt a need to participate.“Everything looks better than it did,” said Suruda as she looked around the neighborhood. “But it’s still a sad time.”George Przybylski, who came from Broomall, Pa., is a Sherwin-Williams employee, and said he’s seen “people who’ve lost quite a bit … To give a few hours, that’s nothing.”Sherwin-Williams provided about 30 volunteers and 250 gallons of paint. “We can add a little color and brightness,” to homes and businesses, said Mark Sposito, a company vice president.Comcast also had a large number of volunteers offer their services and the company donated $25,000 to the High­lands Business Partner­ship for its Hope for High­lands charitable organization to assist residents and businesses.“We know there is a longstanding need here,” said Kim Smith, Comcast’s director of community investment.“I think we’re progressing pretty well compared to other communities. I think we’ll get there,” Councilwoman Rebecca Kane said, “but we have to realize it’s going to take time.”Members of the New Jersey State Fireman’s Benevolent Association work on the Veterans Park boardwalk.As volunteers worked on homes and businesses, members of the members of New Jersey State Fireman’s Bene­vo­lent Association were at Vet­erans Park working to construct one of the 26 playgrounds to be built in the New Jersey-New York-Conn­ecticut region to honor the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. In addition to the project, called Where Angels Play, associ­ation members tore up the borough’s destroyed board­­walk along the park’s waterfront to make way for a new one.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 12, 2016)–There is a Pick Six carryover of $68,569 into Thursday at Santa Anita. With an eight-race card on tap, Thursday’s Pick Six will commence with race three, with approximate post time for the third race at 2:30 p.m. PDT.With three days off leading into the new race week, it’s expected Thursday’s total Pick Six pool should approach $500,000.First post time on Thursday is at 1:30 p.m. For entries, scratches, late changes and morning line information, fans are encouraged to visit