The Los Angeles Clippers can usually count on a huge edge in bench points behind Jamal Crawford, who helped key a victory over the Detroit Pistons earlier this season.
The host Clippers are hopeful that Crawford will return from a sore ankle Sunday night when they look to defeat the Pistons for the fourth straight time.
Los Angeles (44-20) is averaging 40.8 points off the bench, among the best in the league, but sorely missed Crawford and his average of 17.2 points that leads all NBA reserves in a 107-92 loss at Denver on Thursday. Crawford injured his left ankle in a 117-101 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday.
The Clippers opted to rest him and managed a 36-35 edge in bench points Thursday, with backup forward Matt Barnes scoring 19.
"We have plenty of capable guys on this team, so when one guy goes down someone else has to step up," Barnes told the Clippers' official website. "We just ran out of gas tonight."
Crawford and Blake Griffin each scored 15 ...