Jordan, Clippers overpower Pelicans

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[December 19, 2013]  LOS ANGELES  Clippers center DeAndre Jordan upstaged the return of Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, leading Los Angeles to a dominating victory over New Orleans.

Jordan scored 14 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and blocked five shots as the Clippers used a third-quarter run to coast to a 108-95 win Wednesday over the Pelicans at Staples Center.

"Outstanding, outstanding," Clippers point guard Chris Paul said of Jordan's performance. "No question he was MVP of the game tonight. We don't win this game without his energy.

"He just kept telling us, 'Come on, come on fellows.' And we fed off it.

"I love what D.J. is doing. He's the cornerstone of our defense. He rolls and gets everybody open on the offensive end. We should be seeing him in New Orleans (at the All-Star Game) come February if he keeps playing like that."

Jordan hit all six of his shots from the floor and two of four free throws. However, he took more pride in his defense, saying he hopes to be the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year.

"I'm just trying to be the best player I can be for our team. If that happens, it happens, but I take it on as a challenge," Jordan said

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