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Gomes, Jordan display versatility

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Ryan Gomes and DeAndre Jordan have spent plenty of time on the court together as starters, with Gomes typically taking his fair share of long-range shots and Jordan being responsible for controlling the paint.

However, with the emergence of both Mo Williams and Chris Kaman, the two have seen their roles change, with each seeming to take kindly to what must be done for the Clippers to be winners.

Williams arrived in a February trade with Cleveland, along with Jamario Moon, as Los Angeles native Baron Davis was shipped to the Cavaliers. Since then, Williams has rivaled Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon for the role of top scorer.

Kaman was an All-Star in 2009-10. Since returning from injury Feb. 16, he has displayed a crisp form on his jump shots while frequently putting up double-digit point totals.

Thus, the offensive firepower of Williams and Kaman has slowly pushed Gomes down on the team's list of offensive options. Gomes is frequently seen hovering on the perimeter to stretch out the defense and open up driving lanes for Williams and others. That was the case Saturday, with Gomes typically staying out of the way and hoisting up just two shots in 12 minutes.

Jordan returned to action Friday after missing two games with pneumonia, and he's found Kaman entrenched as the starting center. In Saturday's win over Toronto, Jordan collected five points, five rebounds and four blocks in 15 minutes.

The unselfishness of Gomes and Jordan is admirable. However, when the two are called upon to do more than usual at the offensive end, the Clippers hope Gomes and Jordan can revert back to their old roles and pump in the points.

CLIPPERS 94, RAPTORS 90: The Clippers came up big when it mattered the most, outscoring Toronto 28-17 in the fourth period while improving to 29-45 overall and 21-17 at the Staples Center. Blake Griffin was the key, despite making just nine of 23 shots, as he snatched down 16 rebounds, dished out five assists and stayed on the court for 39 minutes by avoiding foul trouble.

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