first_imgIn the first three games this season, Beverley, 30, had not been productive offensively, making only two of the 17 shots he’d attempted, including only one of 11 from 3-point range.On Tuesday, he went 5 for 10 and connected on 1 of 3 shots from deep.And Mr. 94 Feet – as he’s known, in reference to his penchant for full-court defense – remained a problematic presence for Pelicans’ scorers, too.He helped the Clippers – who, following Tuesday’s games, ranked fifth in the NBA in defensive efficiency, allowing 104.1 points per 100 possessions – hold New Orleans to 43 percent shooting (compared with the Clippers’ 47 percent).“From the standpoint of getting into you, trying to direct the ball, and trying to disrupt what you’re doing, they’re really, really good at it,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters after the game in regard to Beverley and Avery Bradley. “I thought we started the game OK, and then … we decided we were going to make one pass and shoot it, or one pass and post up. We weren’t playing the way we were supposed to be playing. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “It’s funny, at halftime, I saw that we had one 3, I’m thinking, ‘We’re busting analytics right now. We really are. We’re up with only one 3-pointer made,’” Coach Doc Rivers said Sunday. “We only had five 3-pointers made in a game against the Rockets and won. That tells you how good your defense was, and that tells you the other thing analytics will tell you: Get to the free-throw line.”The Clippers made 21 of their 27 free-throw attempts against the Pelicans, most of them coming in the first half, when they went 15 for 17.By comparison, New Orleans made nine more free throws, going 30 for 40, all of them key in a seven-point victory. The Clippers made the Pelicans earn it Tuesday in New Orleans, but eventually the home team did, pulling away late in what was, for them, a low-scoring 116-109 victory.Starting point guard Patrick Beverley helped slow the Pelicans’ recent steamroll (they’d entered Tuesday averaging a league-best 140 points through their first two games), as the proud defender is wont to do.But this game, Beverley also helped the Clippers (2-2) chip away on the offensive end. He posted his first double-double as a Clipper, tallying 12 points to go with a Clippers’ career-high 10 rebounds (all of which were defensive). His eight assists also equaled the most he’s recorded as a member of the Clippers – a tenure, remember, that’s only 15 games old.A knee injury cost Beverley all but 11 games last season, his first season with the team. While available, he averaged 12.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals, while shooting 40 percent from the field. “That backcourt,” Gentry added, “is going to be as good a defensive backcourt that we’re going to see the whole year.” STREAK SNAPPED AT 34Like anybody, the Clippers are fans of freebies.Between the fourth quarter of last Friday’s victory over Oklahoma City and Luc Mbah a Moute’s miss from the line midway through the second quarter Tuesday, the Clippers made good on 34 consecutive free-throw attempts.On Sunday, they set a team record by going 26 for 26 from the stripe, which helped them to victory against Houston in a game when they made only 5 of 25 3-point attempts.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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