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Clippers top Pelicans, 123-110

NEW ORLEANS -- Numbers can lie, Doc Rivers has said. The Clippers coach doesn't think his team is as good as its rankings would suggest.

Well, Rivers' belief works the other way too.

He also doesn't think the Clippers are as bad as their 3-point shooting numbers would suggest, and games such as Monday's 123-110 victory over New Orleans show why.

The Clippers, led by Jamal Crawford, sank 57 percent from beyond the 3-point line, drilling 16 of 28 long-range shots against the Pelicans.

In the last two games, the Clippers have drained half of their 58 3-point tries.

"It's been great," Chris Paul said. "It's just our ball movement. We're getting great looks."

Heading into Monday's game, the Clippers were 25th in the league in 3-point percentage at 34.5 percent, a surprising stat considering the shooters on their roster.

But Crawford, who hit 7 of 12 3-pointers against the Pelicans, said it was a good thing the Clippers aren't dwelling on their percentages.

"The good thing about us is that we don't worry about that particular stat," he said. "If we did and thought about being 25thh, maybe we wouldn't take them. We just take what's there.

"We know that at the end of the day, things end up balancing out."

And that's what is happening with the Clippers offense right now -- balance.

DeAndre Jordan set the tone by slamming home five dunks in the first quarter and Blake Griffin got the Clippers going in the third by bullying All-Star Anthony Davis.

Jordan (14 points, 16 rebounds) and Griffin (22 points) opened things up for six Clippers to hit 3s.

"I've been saying it all year, and I hope it comes true," Rivers said. "But we're a better shooting team from the outside than we've been."

CLIPPERS WELCOME DAVIS

The Clippers made it official, signing forward Glen Davis for the remainder of the season.

Davis joined the team in New Orleans, but he wasn't available to play.

The Clippers will give Davis a physical Tuesday in Los Angeles, and he's expected to play when the team hosts Houston on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Davis chose his old coach and the Clippers over the Brooklyn Nets, shunning recruiting pitches from former teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

"When you have family on both sides of the field, it's hard because you've won a championship with both," he said. "You've got an unconditional love for both of them, but at the same time, you have to understand what you're trying to accomplish for yourself and what you see yourself doing in the future."

To give himself the best future, Davis decided to look to the past.

While playing for Rivers and the Celtics, Davis sparked Boston's second unit with energy on both ends of the court.

Now that he's back on another championship-caliber team, Davis is hoping he can provide a similar impact.

"I feel like I'm one of those types of guys, a glue guy," Davis said. "My role with Boston, not being there and not being in that role, you kind of miss it. You go to another team and you have to do other things than what you do.

"Here, I can just do what I do and it can be magnified and glorified as something important because we're trying to win something bigger than ourselves."

Davis will play power forward and center for the Clippers. Rivers thinks the bigger impact will come on the defensive end, where the Clippers can use his bulk and toughness.

"I think he's another guy who knows my defensive system, and I think that will help in facilitating to everyone else. That'll be good for us," Rivers said.

"He's another charge-taker, and I like guys who take charges because it frustrates the opponent. And, at times, he can be an instigator. And I like that too. As long as it's not with me, we're good."

Davis was released by the Orlando Magic on Friday after agreeing to a buyout. The Clippers will pay him a prorated portion of the veteran's minimum for the rest of the season.

"The Magic were headed in a different direction," Davis said. " ... It's difficult, but right now, I feel real happy knowing I can go to a team that really needs me, needs my play and needs me to be out there. Like I said, I'm blessed and fortunate to be with the Clippers."

Davis said he expects to take a few weeks to jell with his new teammates, though adjusting back into Rivers' systems won't be an issue.

Davis is hoping his championship experience in Boston can provide a template to the Clippers.

"I know what to expect," Davis said. "I know what it takes."

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