"He just kept telling us, 'Come on, come on fellows.' And we fed off it.
"I love what D.J. is doing. He's the cornerstone of our defense. He rolls and gets everybody open on the offensive end. We should be seeing him in New Orleans (at the All-Star game) come February if he keeps playing like that."
"I'm just trying to be the best player I can be for our team. If that happens, it happens, but I take it on as a challenge," Jordan said. "It's definitely a goal of mine. I don't want to win just one time. I want to win it multiple times. It's a process, and I'm taking the steps to become a better defensive player."
Forward Blake Griffin scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds, helping the Clippers earn their third win in a row and their fourth consecutive decision over New Orleans. The Pelicans (11-13) lost their third straight and their fifth in the past seven outings.
LOS ANGELES (18-9) had seven players score in double figures.
New Orleans got a boost from Davis, back after missing seven games with a fractured left hand, but it wasn't enough. Davis, who came off the bench midway through the first quarter, scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in his first game since going down Dec. 1 in a win over the New York Knicks. He also had three steals.
"It felt good to be back on the floor," said Davis, who hit 10 of his 18 field-goal attempts. "Just to go back and play with my teammates and have fun and do the things I'm used to doing was great -- except for the loss. But we've got to learn from it."
Forward Ryan Anderson finished with 17 points and nine rebounds for the Pelicans. Guard Jrue Holiday added 13 points and 10 assists. Guard Tyreke Evans, who returned from a two-game absence caused by an ankle injury, recorded a triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
NOTES: Wednesday's game marked the second meeting between Doc Rivers and his son, Pelicans G Austin Rivers, but the first since Rivers became the Clippers' coach. "Obviously, it's a strange thing when he's on the floor," said Doc Rivers, who faced his son last season when he coached the Boston Celtics. "It's (my) son, but you want to beat him." The father said earlier in the day that he and his son would have dinner after the game. "If we lose, I'm not going out with him," Austin Rivers joked. ... LOS ANGELES F Matt Barnes, out since suffering a retinal tear in his left eye last month, was in uniform but didn't play. "He's ready to play, but he hasn't had a practice," Doc Rivers said. Barnes likely will return to the lineup Saturday when the Clippers host the Denver Nuggets. ... The Pelicans' next game is Saturday in Portland against the Trail Blazers. ... The attendance was 19,060, a sellout.