Crawford’s late 3 in overtime lifts Clippers over Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Jamal Crawford hit a 3-pointer with 12.4 seconds left in overtime and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Detroit Pistons 105-103 Monday night.
Blake Griffin made a pair of free throws with 38.8 seconds remaining to put the Clippers ahead 102-101. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tied it by going 1 for 2 from the foul line with 30.5 seconds left.
After Crawford’s basket, the Clippers fouled Reggie Jackson with 9.3 seconds left. He made the first shot, missed the second, and teammate Andre Drummond got two chances for a tying tip-in, but missed both.
Jackson missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.
Griffin finished with 34 points for the Clippers, J.J. Redick had 24 and Chris Paul put up 13 points and 12 assists.
Jackson finished with 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Drummond added 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Detroit led 91-89 in the last minute and Jackson added a pair of free throws to make it a four-point game with 33 seconds to go. Crawford hit two free throws, and Redick immediately fouled Drummond.
Drummond, who came into the game shooting 36.6 percent from the foul line, made one for a 94-91 edge with 25.5 seconds left. The strategy worked as Redick hit a 3-pointer with 19.6 seconds left, tying the game.
Jackson ran the clock down, but missed a 15-footer over Griffin at the buzzer.
The Clippers led 73-63 at the end of the third period. Jackson’s 3 gave the Pistons its first lead of the game with 6:42 to play.
Los Angeles missed 10 of its first 12 fourth-quarter shots. Griffin ended the streak with a vicious baseline dunk.
Caldwell-Pope, who played the entire second half and overtime, hit a 3-pointer to put the Pistons up 87-81 with three minutes left.
Clippers: Josh Smith, still reviled in Detroit for his poor tenure with the Pistons, was loudly booed when he entered the game and every time he touched the ball.
Pistons: Coach Stan Van Gundy picked up a rare technical for arguing a first-half call. ... Six Pistons had one assist each in the first half while Detroit’s front court went 3 for 17 from the floor.