By NOAH TRISTER/AP Sports Writer
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 21 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers breezed to a 112-103 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday.
Jordan made his first seven shots – almost all on dunks. 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 Josh 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 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 Monday, dunking four times in the first quarter alone. The Clippers led 64-53 at halftime after shooting 66 percent from the field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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