“That’s what I do best, man,” he said of his defense.The fine second-half defense notwithstanding, none of this is possible without the game had by Jamal Crawford. Crawford started at one of the guard spots and came through with 37 points. He also doled out eight assists and grabbed six rebounds in just less than 41 minutes.Crawford made all 10 of his free throws, including four in the final 7.3 seconds. He also whipped a pass to Blake Griffin for a 20-foot jump-shot that gave the Clippers (6-4) a 97-94 lead with 17.9 seconds to go.“For him to have a night like he did tonight, that was huge,” Griffin said. “He wasn’t just hitting shots, but he was getting everybody else involved.”The most minutes Crawford had played in a game this season was 29. He motioned for Rivers to take him out early in the fourth quarter after not coming close on a 5-footer. He cracked up reporters when asked about that.“It’s hard taking yourself out of the game, but once I missed that little runner — it was like 5 feet and it was 2 feet short — I went, ‘OK, it’s time,’” Crawford said.It sounded like Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy was kicking himself for Crawford going off the way he did.“He played great,” Van Gundy said. “Honestly, I should have been able to come up with something that would have made it tougher.”Detroit guard Reggie Jackson marveled at the 35-year-old Crawford, who scored on an array of shots while making 12 of 27 — 3 of 7 from 3-point range.“When he gets it going, he is one of the best scorers in the league,” Jackson said.Griffin had another in a long line of fine games. He came through with 34 points on 14-of-25 shooting. He also had eight rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a block.DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Clippers, and Austin Rivers scored 13.Jackson and Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 points apiece for Detroit and center Andre Drummond had 18 points and 19 rebounds.The Clippers shot 46.8 percent overall, 36.8 percent (7 of 19) from beyond the arc.The Clippers don’t play again until they host Golden State on Thursday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Having lost four of five, the Clippers on Saturday afternoon took the floor against an improving Detroit Pistons team. With starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick out again with injuries, it was a recipe for another Clippers defeat.That appeared very possible when the Pistons held a 17-point lead midway through the second quarter. But the Clippers started playing defense and came away with a much-needed 101-96 victory before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.Paul (strained groin) and Redick (back spasms) have missed the past two games.One of the keys to victory was slowing down a Detroit team that made seven of its first 13 3-point attempts. The Pistons (5-4) missed their final 14 shots from beyond the arc, finishing 7 of 27 (25.9 percent). Clippers coach Doc Rivers said his team looked “a little different” on defense in the second half.“We got up a little bit more in pick-and-rolls,” he said. “I thought our guards did a better job of going downhill and I thought that allowed our bigs to get back out. And we did some switching as well; we made some adjustments.”The Pistons scored just 36 points in the second half, during which the Clippers put together an all-around solid defensive effort.“I thought Luc (Mbah a Moute) was huge in the game tonight,” Rivers said.Mbah a Moute, a reserve forward who has not played much, played nearly nine minutes.