LOS ANGELES (AP) — If not for an infamous summertime change of heart, DeAndre Jordan would have been wearing Mavericks blue at Staples Center on Thursday night instead of Clippers white.
Jordan is grateful he stayed true to his original colors, and his teammates helped him secure a big win over his spurned suitors.
Blake Griffin had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 15 points in the Clippers’ 104-88 victory over Dallas on Thursday night in Los Angeles’ home opener.
Jordan had six points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots in his first game against the Mavericks since his summer misadventures in Dallas. Jordan tentatively agreed to join the Mavs as a free agent before the Clippers’ top brass and players descended on his Houston home and persuaded him to return to Los Angeles, infuriating owner Mark Cuban and Dallas fans.
“It’s definitely an emotional game,” said Jordan, who declined to address the Dallas debacle directly. “The emotions were high obviously because it was our home opener. We wanted to give the fans what they missed.”
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