In a showdown against the New York Knicks Sunday at Madison Square Garden, Crawford netted 27 points, including 18 in the second half.
Chris Paul grabs all the headlines, but Crawford did the job in a quiet and effective way.
Crawford didn’t start, but logged the second most minutes of any Clipper and made the most of it, hitting 12-of-22 from the floor including 3-of-8 in triples. He also threw in two steals and a rebound. Both teams are doing well, which gave Crawford even more pleasure in having a big day. Both had 17 losses, with the Knicks at 32 wins and Los Angeles at 36.
He’s averaging nearly 17 points and three assists a game this season, but Crawford obviously got personally motivated against his former teammates in a high-profile game, and decided to go the extra mile.
Crawford was determined to play well against the Knicks after a so-so game Friday in a 111-89 loss to the Miami Heat. He was only 6-of-15 in 24 minutes of action and scored 13 points. In his two previous games, he hit around 50 percent from the floor in scoring 28 points against the Washington Wizards and 23 against the Boston Celtics.
Granted, it’s been a few years since Crawford played at New York, and he’s made three other stops before coming to the Clippers, his best years were with the Knicks, averaging 20.6 and 19.6 points his last two years in the Big Apple.
That’s why Sunday’s win was a lot of fun for Crawford.